Tennis Club expands
Chipping Sodbury Tennis Club is providng tennis lessons to disability groups after a major revamp of its clubhouse to make it more accessible.
The new project aims to provide totally modern and inclusive facilities, with building work starting in October 2017 and finishing this summer .
Chloe Ball-Hopkins, a local Para-Athlete and Sports Reporter, was invited to officially open the building and by pulling the ribbon announced the new extension fully opened. Chloe is a wheelchair user herself and was able to use all the facilities independently – and, even enjoy a knock about on the court with Vice-Chairman Gordon Runcie, after several years of not playing the game.
Chloe said: “I am one of the guilty ones for not knowing this club was here, but it’s such a friendly and relaxing environment to be in, whether that’s to watch or play. It’s a club I will certainly be returning to so I can play again”.
Club Chairman Annie Griffin said: “Inclusivity is so important and with the new facilities we want to encourage and invite a diverse range of groups from the local community to join us - especially anyone interested in wheelchair tennis and those wanting to return to the sport they once loved. Being inclusive of all members of society is so important and as a club that’s an area we’d keen to expand.”
The Club extension was funded through grants from Enovert Community Trust and Ibstock Enovert Trust, as well as Chipping Sodbury’s Town Lands Charity. An interest free loan was awarded from the LTA and together with club funds, the project was born.
The club runs sessions for people of all ages and abilities, from juniors to seniors and from social to competitive league play.