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Crayford tennis club receives new courts

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 September 2018

The Mayor and Mayoress of Bexley open Oakwood Tennis Club. Picture: Enovert Community Trust

The Mayor and Mayoress of Bexley open Oakwood Tennis Club. Picture: Enovert Community Trust

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A Crayford tennis club saw the unveiling of brand new courts last weekend (September 16).

The new state-of-the-art courts were unveiled by Bexley Mayor cllr Brian Bishop at Oakwood Tennis Club.

The mayor was joined by president and committee members of the Lawn Tennis Association for the opening ceremony.

The project to transform the club has seen the construction of two full-sized courts as well as a new coaching court and the resurfacing of three existing courts, which were more than 20 years old.

The £120,000 project was made possible thanks to a grant of £50,000 from Enovert Community Trust (formerly Cory Environmental Trust in Britain), as well as donations from the Kent LTA and community fundraising activities.

Club chairman Gavin Nelson said: “We are extremely grateful to Enovert Community Trust for its generous grant, which has funded a large part of this renovation project.

“The new courts will enhance the provision of tennis facilities at the club and enable us to expand our coaching programme to even more young people in the community.

“Just a decade ago, the club was really struggling to attract new members and we had only 20 regular users and no junior members.

“Thanks to a project to revitalise tennis in the Crayford area, in the past eight years we have expanded membership to 50 adults and more than 150 children who play every week, several of whom represent the club in local tennis leagues.”

Mayor Brian Bishop said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be here today to officially open this excellent facility.

“Oakwood Tennis Club is one of our bank of facilities in the borough that provide people the opportunity to enjoy sport and get active.

“This wonderful facility would not be possible without the generous funding from Enovert Community Trust.”

Angela Haymonds, trust secretary at Enovert Community Trust, said: “The trustees were delighted to contribute to this project, which has dramatically improved the community’s access to valuable tennis facilities for all age ranges.”

For more information on Enovert Community Trust, contact Angela Haymonds on 01753 582513 or ahaymonds@enovertct.org or visit www.enovertct.org.

For further information about Oakwood Tennis Club visit http://www.oakwoodtennisclub.com.

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