Grantham’s ace tennis centre nearly ready

Outside the new Grantham Tennic Centre are - Chairman Lianne Tapson and Head coach Richard Edgley with club coach Richard Cragg and Apprentice Kane Goswell with Judith Burnett Chairman of Grantham & District Mencap, Julie Doughty GTC Mencap Cafe Manager, Jette Rasmussen -  Exhale Remedial therapy and Belinda Thomas - Partner with Jette Blue Art Owl.

Outside the new Grantham Tennic Centre are - Chairman Lianne Tapson and Head coach Richard Edgley with club coach Richard Cragg and Apprentice Kane Goswell with Judith Burnett Chairman of Grantham & District Mencap, Julie Doughty GTC Mencap Cafe Manager, Jette Rasmussen - Exhale Remedial therapy and Belinda Thomas - Partner with Jette Blue Art Owl.

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Tennis players in Grantham are already getting excited ahead of a new season.

The reason for their excitement is the new £3.2 million tennis centre development, which is nearing completion and which will provide the town with one of the best tennis facilities in the region.

Despite the wet and windy conditions over the winter, work on the site at Arnoldfield has progressed steadily since the ground breaking ceremony in June last year, which was attended by former British tennis number one and TV presenter Andrew Castle.

It is now expected that the second and final phase of the development will be completed by mid-April.

The ambitious scheme will provide the town with a state-of-the-art tennis centre with four indoor acrylic courts, a social lounge, café, gym, changing facilities, treatment rooms, office, indoor and outdoor viewing areas and a sport/tennis shop.

Outside, there will be four artificial grass courts, four mini red hard courts and five artificial clay courts.

Seven of those courts were laid in phase one of the development, with the mini red hard courts and two of the artificial clay courts being added along with the indoor centre in phase two.

Funding for the project has come from Grantham businesses and £1 million in grants and loans from the Lawn Tennis Association.

The club has remained open while the work has been in progress.

The tennis club’s project manager Sarah Patton said: “It’s a really exciting time for the club. The indoor tennis centre is going to be an amazing facility for the town.

“We have been talking about it for so long it’s hard to believe that it’s nearly here.”

The new centre is already having an impact, with membership of the tennis club breaking through the 600 mark and currently standing at 657.

There is to be an official open day to formally launch the new centre on May 31.

Contractors for the work are Clegg Construction.