Burnley Tennis Club have been awarded Beacon status as part of the AEGON Parks Tennis programme in recognition of their high quality, affordable community tennis programmes.
The announcement was made as the club was presented with its prestigious Beacon plaque by President of Lancashire Tennis, John McNeil earlier this month.
The club joins more than 132 sites across the country to achieve the national accolade, which recognises the best community-focussed facilities offering free and affordable tennis as part of the AEGON Parks Tennis programme.
To achieve this status, facilities must also offer access to quality, low-cost coaching as well as regular competitions for all ages and abilities.
To celebrate the occasion the club opened its doors to five local primary schools to enjoy a fun day, organised by the coaches and competition organisers. The children, aged between four and 10-years-old are all already on the club’s coaching programme and were able to take part in various activities throughout the day.
Dave Hillier, Tennis Development Officer for North West said: “The Burnley Tennis programme, which is a partnership between Burnley Tennis Club and the local Schools Sports Partnership, has introduced hundreds of children to tennis across the town in local schools, parks and at the club.
“Through the hard work of people involved, including Iain Taylor and Anwar Afrasiab, tennis has become a very popular and accessible sport for the people of Burnley and this award is in recognition of their achievements.”
Iain Taylor, Head Coach at Burnley Tennis Club added: “A lot of work has gone into improving the club and we are really proud and honoured to received Beacon status.
“As a club we want to keep improving and to encourage more people to become members and I think that receiving this award will only help us to achieve that. We are very proud of our club and with the help of the Burnley Schools Sports Partnership, the LTA and the Tennis Foundation we have been able to create great coaching programmes and improve the facilities here in Burnley.”
AEGON Parks Tennis aims to increase community access to tennis in parks and communities nationwide. Delivered by the LTA and Tennis Foundation, AEGON Parks Tennis is a key programme in British tennis’ drive to increase participation and grow tennis at all levels.
The long-term aim is to have an AEGON Parks Tennis site acting as a centre of community tennis excellence in each of the local authority areas in Britain.
The club are looking for new members, all abilities welcome, and for more details, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07825 771762.