New home taking shape for tennis club

February 04 2015

WORK is well under way on the new home for Downend & Frenchay Tennis Club.

WORK is well under way on the new home for Downend & Frenchay Tennis Club.

The former Downend and Fishponds Lawn Tennis Club is moving from Cleeve Hill, where it has two courts, to the grounds of Frenchay Cricket Club, where it will have four floodlit courts.

Members are looking forward to the switch, as it will enable the club to further develop its thriving youth section.

Despite its small size, D&F has an excellent record of developing players, with a number of talented juniors and young adults. Among them are Maria Budin, who started playing when she was three years old with head coach Pete Caseley. She is currently playing in under-14 and under-16 competitions all over the world, most recently in Bulgaria.

Sean Helstrip is another promising junior player, competing in under-nine orange ball events all over England, including the Olympic Village. He has already been runner-up in two national tournaments.

The club offers coaching for players at all levels from junior to club league players, as well as a range of squad coaching groups and holiday courses. More advanced players can join club teams competing in both local and national leagues. The friendly D&F also has a vibrant social side.

Pete Caseley said: “Having four new courts will give the club an incredible boost. This is going to be an exciting and truly transformative year for Downend & Frenchay and its members.

Funding for the new courts has included grants from the LTA, Sport England, Inspired Facilities, Cory Environmental, and South Gloucestershire New Homes Bonus Fund and has involved a lot of Contractor Bourne Amenities is making excellent progress with the works and it is hoped that Downend & Frenchay Tennis Club will relocate in the next few months.

Anybody interested in membership can contact Pete Caseley on 07790 937524.