Former star returns to open tennis club
Published on: 08 Jun 2015
A TENNIS club’s move to its new home at Frenchay is complete.
The former Downend & Fishponds LTC has left its ground at Cleeve Hill, which will form part of the site for a care home, and now has four new floodlit courts on a site at Common Mead Lane leased from Frenchay Cricket Club.
The club has changed its name – to Downend & Frenchay Tennis Club – and marked its new chapter with an event on May 17 at which Paul Hutchins, a former Davis Cup player, French Open quarter-finalist, and father of current player Ross, officially opened the courts. Paul grew up in Fishponds and attended the club.
Head coach Pete Caseley, said: “We are thrilled to have Paul Hutchins officially open our new facilities. This is an incredibly exciting time for our club and it’s fantastic that Paul – a former D&F club member – can help us celebrate!”
The £300,000 development was funded with a Lawn Tennis Association grant of £140,000, plus money from Cory Environmental Trust of GB, Sport England Inspired Facilities and South Gloucestershire Council’s new home bonus funds.
The LTA is investing in the Bristol area in the hope of encouraging more people to play tennis more regularly.
D&F TC provides tennis for all ages and abilities, allowing online court bookings, membership, pay & play, coaching, competitive opportunities and a full social programme. It is developing strong links with students at the University of the West of England Among its summer offers is a three-month family membership for £30.
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