Green light for tennis club relocation

Published on: 02 Jun 2014

DOWNEND and Fishponds Lawn Tennis Club hase received the green light to move to a new site at Frenchay Cricket Club.

After months of frustration and delay, the club has been granted planning permission for the move, which will allow it to expand.

A spokesman said: “The club is having to relocate as the landlord of the site it currently occupies on Cleeve Hill has plans for it to be redeveloped as a 60-bed nursing home. The next challenge for the club is to secure approximately £220,000 of funding so that the relocation can actually go ahead.

“The club will be sad to leave Downend, where it has been located for over 60 years, but is fortunate to be able to take this opportunity to increase the number of courts from two to four to accommodate the growing numbers of both adults and juniors taking up tennis.”

The club’s summer tennis season is now in full swing . As well as mens and ladies teams in the Avon Summer League, D&FLTC has junior teams from U8 to U18 in the Aegon League, including this year for the first time a girls U14 team and a mens team.

Results for all teams have been mixed but everyone is enjoying playing and the juniors in particular are gaining vital match experience.

The season started with the club’s annual Wimbledon Ballot, Tennis and Tea Afternoon. Turnout may have slightly affected by dubious weather conditions on the day but 10 people were happy to win tickets for the best tennis tournament in the world! The club is also organising a coach to Wimbledon when people can queue for ground passes on Saturday June 28.

On May 17, the club took part in the Great British Tennis Weekend, an event co-ordinated by the LTA to promote tennis and offer both adults and children free tennis sessions. Seventeen new people visited the club and took part in activities during the course of the day. There is another GBTW on July 19/20. See the website for more details.

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