Since 2015, WTC has had a vision to update all four of our courts. We decided on Astro-Turf because of its many benefits. Astro-Turf is less slippery when it rains and dries out much quicker too. Another benefit is that the ball is slower and bounces lower, they are softer than a hard court, and therefore gentler and more forgiving on the joints. Our courts would be all-weather and used all year-round.
With this in mind, we started applying for small grants from the local council and creating fundraising events. Court 1 & 2 were updated in May 2016 which were self-funded through membership fees and fundraising. Court 3 was June 2018, where we were awarded a grant for £17,790 from Bromsgrove District Council (backed by our Councillor Sue Baxter) from a community fund provided by developers building new homes in this area. At the start of August this year, Court 4 was also laid with Astro-Turf using club funds raised again through membership fees, fundraising and support from local events like the Wythall & Hollywood Fun Run.
Fundraising and community events have included family skittles evenings, presentation afternoons and we were even hired at St. Marys Church to coach. So, we would just like to say a huge thank you to our members for their continued support and to the local community because without you we could not have fundraised the money to update our club.
We now have four Astro-Turf, all weather, all year-round courts and we feel very lucky and blessed to have them. We hope they will be well used not just by our regular members but by the wider community so that as many people as possible can enjoy the game of tennis. Thank you.
Below for just a few pictures of our new courts…