12:40PM, Thursday 04 September 2014
A tennis club's supporters are determined it will not be destroyed by floods that wrecked its old clubhouse.
Windsor Home Park Lawn Tennis Club is reached through Romney Lock Road deep inside Home Park.
Both its courts and clubhouse were hit by the flooding earlier this year. But chairman Jane Rowlands, 59, of Water Oakley, believes the disaster could turn out to have been an opportunity.
Jane, a professional tennis coach, said: "The clubhouse was not the most salubrious of places anyway. It was always a shed and although it had electricity it lacked basic facilities like toilets and showers - the Cricket Club would let us use its facilities.
"We feel that instead of replacing spongy floorboards ruined by weeks under water it is time to bite the bullet, raise the money and build a new clubhouse."
The club almost collapsed before in 2008 when there were only about 18 members. There was even talk of extending the park and ride site onto it.
But Jane said: "A few of the people I had been coaching agreed to join the club and numbers gradually crept up from 18 to 57 and are now are more or less constant at 75 to 80.
"We were aiming at 150."
A total of £11,000 has already been raised but it could cost as much as £50,000 to build a proper clubhouse. An application is being made to the Royal Borough's neighbourhood budget scheme - which makes donations to good causes voted for by the public.
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