New look for kidzone court

PRIORY Tennis Club served up a treat for members during lockdown as £23,000 was spent upgrading facilities at its Staybridge base.

Having previously resurfaced three of its four courts, the club sanctioned work on the remaining one.

In addition, and for the first time, the kidzone court was resurfaced in multi-coloured Astroturf.

Also completed was an extension to the decking in front of the clubhouse.

The kidzone, incorporating a purpose-built mini tarmac court with a built-in practice wall, was opened in 2010 at a cost of £30,000 to help develop future talent. it was funded by Tameside Council and the Lawn Tennis Association.

But in recent years it had become tired, full of moss and in need of resurfacing which had resulted in footfall on the court declining.

And 10 years since its opening, Priory had saved up enough funds to have it resurfaced along with the one remaining court. The three remaining ones had been done since 2016 with membership numbers “significantly increased” because of the improved facilities.

Parents can join the club along with their children for an additional annual fee of £25. This entitles them to use the kidzone court to hit tennis balls with their children outside of the official junior coaching sessions.

Following an easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, Priory head coach Andy Perry has restarted his junior and adult coaching programmes in groups of up to four players on each court.

Priory runs a coaching and social tennis programme for all age groups.

Anyone interested in joining can contact Andy on 07525 795445, membership officer Trevor Hatch on 07717 478811 or check out the website for further info: www.priorytennis.co.uk

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