£50,000 net gain joy for tennis club

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A tennis club has been given more than £50,000 to spend on improving its facilities.

Forest Hall Community Tennis Club has secured a £49,942 grant from Sport England’s Olympic legacy fund and a further £1,520 from the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity.

The money will be used to improve the current playing surface at the club to meet the Lawn Tennis Association requirements, resurface three courts and install floodlighting.

Club spokesman David Davis said: “We are really pleased to be one of the first to be awarded funding from both Sport England and Thomas Cook Children’s Charity.

“The funding will help provide even better facilities for our members and encourage even more people to take up the wonderful sport of tennis. We will be very proud to be helping deliver a lasting legacy from this year’s Olympic Games and we will display our London 2012 Inspire mark with pride.”

North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon said: “This investment by Sport England is fantastic news.

“These improvements to the tennis courts will be a huge boost, both for club members and the wider community.” North Tyneside mayor Linda Arkley added said: “I am delighted that Forest Hall Community Tennis Club has been successful in securing this funding.

“North Tyneside Council will work closely with the club to develop its facilities.”

The club is one of 350 sports groups sharing £17.4m in Olympic legacy funding.