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Romsey and Abbey Tennis Club celebrates £42,000 cash boost
RAIN failed to interrupt play when Romsey and Abbey Tennis Club swung open its doors to celebrate a £42,000 cash boost.
Work to install floodlights on two of its four courts enabling evening play all year round is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Test Valley Borough has also agreed to resurface all four courts with a new playing surface.
The club is also backing the Daily Echo’s Staying Alive campaign urging people to take up more exercise and adopt a healthier lifestyle.
We launched it after revealing that 13,000 people in Hampshire died prematurely from the four major killers of cancer, heart disease and stroke, and lung disease and liver disease between 2009 and 2011.
Romsey and Southampton North MP Caroline Nokes and the town’s Deputy Mayor Cllr Peter Hurst joined people of all ages taking to the court for a taster session with activities including “beat the coach”.
Other guests included Hampshire Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) chairman Peter Grinyer and colleague Bob Battersby, Hampshire County Council representative for Romsey Town Councillor Mark Cooper and representatives of youth charity George’s Trust.
Club chairman Meriel Fiddles, who gave an opening speech, said: “It is great to see our community partners here with us today to celebrate with us.
“We aim to provide tennis-based activities for all the community and have been working hard to provide a comprehensive tennis programme and upgrade out facilities to ensure these activities are sustainable.”
Backing the Echo campaign, club development officer Veronica Broughton-Shaw said: “We are always encouraging people to do sport to get their fitness levels up, whether they are pensioners returning to the game, tiny tots just starting out for the first time, or those who have never done it before.”
Ms Nokes praised RATC for its work in the town and added: “They work so hard to make sure there are opportunities for young people and this grant will enable a much needed upgrade of facilities.”
Sessions there include Teddy Tennis for the under fives, a teenage girls’ club, a cardio tennis exercise regime and classes for schools, guide and scout groups and Romsey Young Carers.
Contact 07711 077 045 or see ratc.org.uk for a full list of classes.
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