A WIRRAL tennis club has been awarded £45,000 in funding to upgrade its facilities.
Thorndale Lawn Tennis Club in Wallasey received the cash windfall from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.
The money will be used to complete phase three of their centenary project – which is to improve floodlights, new courts and refurbish the club house.
The grant means that the club will be able to finish the project earlier than expected.
They hope the new look will attract more adults and children to play tennis all year round, with improved kitchen and changing rooms, and better access for disabled.
Club chairman, Peter Sutton said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment.
“This means we can upgrade the quality of our premises to ensure that we can build on the Olympic legacy, and have a tennis club with access to those inspired by the Olympics and the Paralympics.
“It is the cornerstone of our three phase development plan to have an outstanding club, delivering tennis all year round for the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”
The club caters for 12 primary and two secondary schools who use their facilities, so the funding will benefit the community too.
To celebrate the award, locals are invited to a free cardio tennis session on tonight (Wednesday, August 14) at 8pm to try out the sport.
For more details email email@example.com or simply turn up on the night.
Free tennis sessions are also available in Harrison Park, Wallasey on August 17 and 18, between 10am and 2pm.
Players of all ages are welcome to both events.