Mayor of Sherborne opens Sherborne Tennis Club’s new facilities

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the opening of Sherborne Tennis Club’s new facilities on Sunday, 9th  July by The Mayor of Sherborne, Councillor Jill Hogben.

The club, in close co-operation with Sherborne Town Council, the LTA and Sport England has undergone a major redevelopment of its facilities over the past 12 months and now boasts eight fully-floodlit courts, four of them artificial clay, two mini-tennis courts with practice wall and a new clubhouse.  As part of the redevelopment, the Sherborne Tennis Club has taken over responsibility for the former town council courts and these will be available to the public on a pay and play basis.  The club is hoping the new facilities will encourage more people of all ages and abilities to get on court.

The redevelopment continues with plans to provide an indoor cover for one of the mini tennis courts so mini players can continue to enjoy playing whatever the weather, especially in the winter months.  Planning consent has been applied for and the club is seeking the town council’s permission to go ahead with the project.

Throughout the day, demonstrations were given of the activities offered at the club, mini tennis, juniors, adults and seniors groups plus a demonstration of wheelchair tennis by Taunton Wheelchair Tennis.  The Mayor of Sherborne also presented trophies and medals to Sherborne Tennis Clubs’ mini and junior teams who competed in the Aegon Team Tennis League with the 10U Mixed and 14U Boys teams both winning their leagues.  Those not on court were able to sit in the sun enjoying a barbeque, delicious homemade cakes, cream teas, strawberries and cream………………. the biggest decision of the day, what to have first!

The club has a busy Summer Holiday Camp programme for minis/juniors, members and non-members, all welcome.  For more information on membership, what’s happening at the club etc, visit the website – www.sherbornetennis.com.