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Issue 293 – Frome Selwood Tennis Club hits financial target

For the last three years the club has been striving to achieve its financial target of around £138,000 to ensure that the club can provide the very best community tennis facilities for the town.

The existing three courts are being re-constructed. The underlying tarmac is being renewed to improve the surface evenness and drainage, and a new artificial grass surface installed. The elderly floodlights on two of the courts are being replaced with the latest metal halide lights. The lighting on the third court was replaced a year ago with the help of an Awards for All Lottery Grant.
The final bricks in the funding wall have been provided by Somerset Community Foundation who have awarded the club £1,500 from the Comic Relief Fund, and the Lawn Tennis Association who have provided a massive £37,000.
John Price the club chairman said, “I believe that one of the factors that has persuaded the LTA to invest in us is our achievement of Clubmark. Clubmark is an accreditation programme that ensures that the club has recognised standards of child protection, coaching, fairness and equity, and good management. Although it took us 18 months it was well worth it.”
The club has raised money from raffles, auctions of promises, tennis competitions and quiz nights. It has also applied for grants to many bodies. This year alone the club has applied for 10 grants and been successful with seven, raising £41,550. In addition to the LTA and Comic Relief Grants, the club is very thankful to the following grant bodies for their generous help: Frome Lions Club, Mendip District Council, Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership, Frome Town Council and Frome Community Lottery.
The work will be carried out by AMB Sports of Kent who will re-construct the courts and Exclusive Leisure Limited of Leicester who will provide the floodlighting.
The work will take two months, weather permitting. The final grass surface will be decided over the next two or three weeks and may not be laid until late spring when the weather is dryer. In the interim few weeks, play can continue on the underlying tarmac.
John Price said, “With our new courts, new school links programmes, and a busier than ever season, 2010 should prove to be one of our most exciting years ever”.

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