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Emergency grant keeps Grantham Tennis Club members playing

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Grantham Tennis Club has received a grant from Sport England to keep their members playing.

Grantham Tennis Club & Gym was the recipient of a Sport England Community Emergency Fund grant last week which will help its members to keep playing as the lockdown eases.

The grant is aimed at organisations whose role it is to keep the country active. The tennis club was seen as a priority by the public body as it works with under-represented groups.

Simone Thomas with youngest son Henry Thomas and eldest son Olly Thomas (35309858)
Simone Thomas with youngest son Henry Thomas and eldest son Olly Thomas (35309858)

Examples of this are its weekly Feeling Good mental health scheme sessions and learning disability and wheelchair tennis groups.

The Emergency Fund arrived shortly after the LTA’s announcement that doubles will be allowed with members of other households and the tennis club’s June Family Tennis Membership offer. For £25, families (two adults and two children) can play tennis at the club every day in June, enjoy the benefits of a new sport, and take advantage of the facilities while waiting for their sport to reopen full.

A spokesman for the club said: “Grantham Tennis Club and Gym thrives with the help of its volunteers. Every year during the first week June, Volunteers’ Week takes place in the UK.

“It is an opportunity for all organisations to celebrate the massive contribution made by the many people who give up their time freely for the benefit of others. The club is fortunate to have the support of some excellent volunteers.

“Still, sadly 2020 is not a year in which it can do much more than say a huge thank you for all that they do. Whether that is on court help with group coaching, particularly with its specialist disability and community groups, help with barbecues and fund-raising events, help with tournaments, with running teams, or with any of the other many things that make it more than just a tennis club.

“With the club now partially reopen for tennis, and the prospect of further relaxation of lockdown restrictions as the coronavirus pandemic comes under control, it hopes to see all members, old and new, back at GTC soon. However, ongoing protective measures mean that life will need to be quite different for a considerable period yet.”

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