People from Corby and the surrounding villages are being invited to take advantage of four new tennis courts which have been opened by Uppingham Community College (UCC) and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).
Available for all to play on, the new floodlit sports facility – Uppingham Community Tennis – was part-funded by the LTA, The Falcon Hotel in Uppingham, Smith Eliot, Financial Management Limited, several private benefactors and the college’s own funds.
The LTA’s non-executive director and board member Richard Baker declared the courts open on September 13, followed by a tennis exhibition by former UCC pupil and star player Ana Webber, 17, who is currently training at Loughborough University before taking up a tennis scholarship in America.
Children and adult players were also given a taste of the coaching that is available and were invited to face Ana’s formidable serves as well as play fun games on the new courts.
Anyone from Uppingham and the surrounding area is welcome to join coaching sessions which will run in the evenings and at weekends for beginners and players of all abilities.
The courts are also available for ‘pay and play’ all year round at £4 per hour or £8 per hour with floodlights.
We are delighted that these courts have come to fruition and add to what is a community hub for sport for Uppingham and the nearby villagesRob Sawyer
Mr Baker said: “I am as thrilled as everybody else is that these courts have been created.
“Projects like this are the future of tennis in this country.
“What you have done here is brilliant and the LTA is very proud to support you.”
Rob Sawyer, the UCC governor who has been leading the fundraising for new college facilities, said: “At UCC we believe totally that sport contributes to the personal development of young people.
“We are delighted that these courts have come to fruition and add to what is a community hub for sport for Uppingham and the nearby villages.
“We’d like to see the re-establishment of an Uppingham Tennis Club to be based here.
“We invite all local tennis players to come and take a look and talk to us about setting up a club.”
UCC principal Jan Turner said: “Our aim is to provide high quality tennis facilities to enable players of all abilities and all ages to play outdoors all year round.
“The creation of these courts would not have been possible without the support of private benefactors and we are very grateful to all of them, with their help we have secured this new resource of which we are very proud.”
For more details of how to book and the courses available, see the college website or email Mr Lewin at Lewin_R@ucc.rutland.sch.uk or Mr Berridge at firstname.lastname@example.org.