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Thu 26 Jan 2017

Anyone for tennis

SPORTS facilities in Trowbridge Park are to get a major revamp after funding was netted to make big improvements.

Trowbridge Area Board approved a grant of £20,000 on Thursday for new tennis courts, with work set to begin in mid-February.

The grant will be added to £46,000 given to the project by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), which will allow three tennis courts to be installed with fencing, floodlights and an online booking system.

Hayley Bell, leisure services manager for Trowbridge Town Council, which has also put up some of the cash for the scheme, said: “There was some doubt whether the grant would be approved as it’s such a large sum of money.

“So for them to approve it on Thursday was such a relief and shows that there is a real desire to make improvements to sports facilities in Trowbridge.

“The courts are going to be of high quality and we really want to see the community use them as much as possible.

“It really will be a fantastic community asset for the town and I can’t wait to see them being used.”

It is hoped the courts will be completed in May and will be available to book from June onwards.

Players will be able to book one court for an hour for £5 or families can buy an annual pass, allowing them to use the courts whenever they like, for just £30.

The town council will add a tennis specific page to its website where bookings can be made.

There will also be coaching sessions and tournaments for players ranging in ability to enter throughout the course of the year, led by Active Trowbridge coaches.

As well as new tennis courts a new multi-use games area will be built which can be used for netball, basketball and five-a-side football.

Trowbridge Park’s current tennis courts were laid in the 1950s and are in a dire state.

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