Burnley Tennis Club secures funds boost

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BURNLEY Tennis Club has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.

The Inspired Facilities fund is part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.

The project will provide much-needed improvements to the clubhouse including a new roof and floor, a redesigned internal layout with updated facilities including disabled access, modernised changing rooms with showers and upgrading existing equipment. Externally the club will also be in a position to refurbish two of the six all- weather courts that need relaying and hopefully provide an improved viewing area to the three main courts. The club are confident that these improvements, together with an extensive coaching programme, will encourage the local community to see what they can offer and introduce more people to the game of tennis.

Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for Burnley.

“This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in East Lancashire. It shows we’re offering the legacy that people want for their local community. For hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of people, 2012 will be the year their local sports facilities got better.”

Club chair Elaine Varcoe, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises to match the quality of our coaching. It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”

Gordon Birtwistle, MP for Burnley said: “I am thrilled that Burnley Tennis Club is to receive this grant, recognising the hard work that this club puts into their sport and our local community. Burnley has a long and proud sporting history, and I am excited that a part of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics will be right here in Burnley. I look forward to seeing the development of Burnley Tennis Club with this funding and I hope that as a result Burnley may one day have its own tennis champion to cheer on at future Olympics.”