Tennis courts open to the public in Wellingborough with housebuilders' help

Housing developer Taylor Wimpey made a donation towards a revamp of the courts

By Stephanie Weaver
Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 12:13 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 12:14 pm
The tennis courts following the renovation
The tennis courts following the renovation

Tennis players can now play at Wellingborough Old Grammarians Sports Club following the renovation of courts, thanks in part to a donation of £750 from housing developer Taylor Wimpey

The tennis courts at Wellingborough Old Grammarians Sports Club were in need of some attention and over the recent lockdown period they were given a facelift and introduction of a sophisticated security and access system.

Ian Caffel, site manager at Wellingborough Old Grammarians Sports and Social Club, said: “We have three tennis courts that were overgrown, uneven and rarely used.

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"I believed this to be a waste so we cleared the area of undergrowth, leveled the surfaces, obtained new nets, painted the lines and placed wind breaks on the fencing.

“The courts were in a perfectly playable condition and were regularly used during the various lockdown periods.

"However, we had no system of restricted access or asking people to pay for usage.

"This wasn’t for a profit motive but simply to generate funds so we can maintain the courts and keep them in as good condition as possible.

“There is limited options for the public to play tennis within Wellingborough and thankfully Taylor Wimpey, Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), Wellingborough Borough Council and a local tennis coaching company have provided funds for us to input a new online booking system, court gates and access system.

“We are so grateful to Taylor Wimpey for their assistance with the redevelopment of our tennis courts.

"We are committed to providing sports facilities and opportunities of all types to the local communities and hope that anybody interested in tennis will come and visit us.”

Rob Curry, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey East Midlands, said: “We are delighted to be able to help Wellingborough Old Grammarians Sports Club upgrade their tennis playing facilities for the people of Wellingborough to enjoy.

"When we build a new development in an area, we believe it is important to help the local community in any way we can.

"We hope as many people as possible can get down to play a match soon.”

Taylor Wimpey’s Glenvale Park in Wellingborough has a selection of three, four and five-bedroom homes available.

For more information about the development or to arrange a viewing, click here.

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