Sleaford Tennis Club secures £50,000 from sporting legacy fund

By NickiBlake on August 13th, 2013 - comments

Sleaford Tennis Club has secured £50,000 of Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund, to go towards their new pavilion at their recently built courts at the Recreation Ground, Boston Road, Sleaford.

Sleaford Tennis Club will receive the maximum available award of £50,000 of National Lottery funding to build a new pavilion to replace it's current temporary building. This new pavilion will finish a project, started by the club over a decade ago, to replace the original council owned courts, which had fallen into decline, with a first class tennis facility for the town and surrounding villages. Lack of available funding at the time meant the club was only able to press ahead with building the courts and floodlighting which were completed for use in September 2011 and officially opened by Andrew Castle in March 2012.

Since then, despite limited facilities, the club has almost doubled it's membership and enjoyed many successes, with junior and senior winning teams.Sport England today revealed that more than 1,300 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, part of its Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme.

With planning permission on the club's temporary building due to expire in June 2014, due in part to the town's Recreation Ground being classed as a visually sensitive area, the Inspired Facilities funding could not have come at a better time. Since without basic facilities such as running water the club's junior coaching would have been moved offsite as has happened in the past.

It is hoped building work will be completed over the coming winter months and when finished will provide members with an attractive pavilion with changing rooms, toilets, kitchen and a clubroom with viewing over the courts. Sleaford Tennis Club looks forward to expanding it's coaching programme to include Cardio Tennis, Mums and Tots, mid week junior coaching and disability tennis.

To celebrate this award, Sleaford Tennis Club would like to invite local people to a free taster session from 2-5pm on Saturday 17th August to try out the sport. If you've never played before or are looking to get back to the game. Come and join us, we look forward to meeting you. For more information please contact Joe Robinson at

Sport England’s Chair, Nick Bitel, said: “A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Lincolnshire.

“With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in the Midlands who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.”

Club Chairman, Alison Gibson, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which will enable us to build an superb pavilion to compliment the four floodlit courts already in place. This will support our growing membership and will secure the future of Sleaford Tennis Club for the town.

“I would like to thank the brilliant team who have put this together. It has taken many years of hard work to get the club to where it is now and I look forward to everyone coming down and enjoying this wonderful facility.”

If you would like more information on the project then please contact Alison at

Sleaford Tennis Club is one of well over 300 projects across England receiving lottery investment from the fourth round of the Inspired Facilities fund and one of more than 1,300 to benefit overall.

Many more communities are now set to benefit from the hugely popular fund, after Sport England today announced that it was extending Inspired Facilities until 2017, with an additional £40 million of National Lottery funding to invest. Bids will be accepted for the next round of Inspired Facilities funding from the 21 October 2013. You can find out more at: