New Grantham tennis centre is looking ace

The new clay and astroturf courts are already in use and construction of the indoor facility is underway.
The new clay and astroturf courts are already in use and construction of the indoor facility is underway.

Swift progress is being made at Grantham Tennis Club where members are already playing on the new clay and astroturf surfaces.

But the best is yet to come as this week the first bricks were laid for the construction of the new indoor tennis centre which may make Grantham home to one of the finest tennis facilities in the country.

The new clay and astroturf courts are already in use and construction of the indoor facility is underway.

The new clay and astroturf courts are already in use and construction of the indoor facility is underway.

Grantham Tennis Club coach Paul Kennedy said: “It’s going to be one of the best tennis clubs in Britain. Maybe not the biggest but it will be one of the best.”

The ground-breaking for the £3.2 million project in Arnoldfield was held in June and club members are already making use of the new facilities.

Paul said: “We held the ground-breaking ceremony and 10 weeks later we took delivery of ‘Phase One’ which gave us four astroturf courts and three clay courts, all of which are now open and being used.

“They started ‘Phase Two’ the day after delivering the first phase and the indoor centre is now rising out of the ground; the bricklayers have started laying the bricks this week.”

Excitement about the future of the club is spreading with a record number of new members signing up.

Paul said: “The membership is rising. We are getting a lot of interest in this.

“It’s approaching 600, which is a record for us, and our junior membership is over 300 now which is also a new record. Our sustainability model is for 800 members but there is no such thing as a maximum.”

Around 150 people saw Andrew Castle break ground back in June, but many more will come to the opening of the new facility if plans to have a Grand Slam winner in attendance come to fruition.

Paul said: “The LTA has invested £1 million in this and they have a lot of leverage with the players, so hopefully we can get a big name.”

The project is due to be completed by April 1.