07:00PM, Saturday 16 January 2016
A lawn tennis club has applied for a £50,000 grant from Sport England to help build a new clubhouse.
Windsor Home Park Lawn Tennis Club, in Romney Lock Road, is home to the only grass courts in the town but the club desperately needs to raise £100,000 to rebuild its ‘obsolete’ clubhouse.
The current clubhouse, which has been described as little more than a wooden shed, only offers cold water and electricity and has no toilets or showers.
It was also devastated by flooding in 2013 and club members had to rip up the floorboards and replace the walls to combat the rotting conditions.
After collecting letters of support from the Royal Borough and the British Lawn Tennis Association, club members sent off their application to Sport England for an Inspired Facilities grant on Sunday.
Jane Rowlands, chairman of Windsor Home Park Lawn Tennis Club, told the Express that the grant could be vital in expanding the club’s membership and attracting more aspiring young tennis players.
Jane said: “My husband has this saying ‘build it and they will come’. We can accommodate another 50 people and it’s important to get more adult and junior members.
“Running tennis tournaments in the summer for the juniors is difficult because we don’t have any toilets.
“We’re a very friendly and inclusive club and people love it when they play down here.”
The club has already raised £20,000 towards the rebuilding project.
Jane said the club, which has around 75 members, wants the proposed new headquarters to contain toilets and showers.
It could also be built on plinths one metre above the ground to combat the threat of flooding.
A crowdfunding page went live yesterday (Friday). Go to http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/windsor-home-park-lawn-tennis-club-clubhouse-fund to donate.
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