Burnley Tennis, Lancashire
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Established in the 1930’s the club has grown and improved and now has 6 all weather courts, 3 of which are floodlit. It has a solid member base of adults, juniors and students who play all year round socially or in one or more of the men’s, ladies and mixed teams which compete in the East Lancs League. The Burnley and District Evening League is also well supported by club members.
The clubhouse is the centre of social nights and has a function room complete with bar; it provides a social hub where members and their family and friends can enjoy a range of events and activities. The club gained Clubmark in 2009 and in 2010 was awarded Beacon status, one of only 600 of the 2800 tennis clubs in the country and one of only 6 in Lancashire to achieve this.
The club is involved in a number of initiatives that provide an opportunity for all it’s multicultural community members to access year round tennis facilities including a general fitness programmes. Children in the local area are able to access tennis via a series of school coaching programmes.
There are also a wide variety of after school tennis clubs and the holiday tennis camps that are available to children both members and non-members. These have been set up and run by the Club’s Coach with the support of a number of volunteers. The programmes are all at an affordable cost for the surrounding area.
The standard at Burnley Tennis Club is mixed, so there’s no need to feel daunted if you’re new to the game or you haven’t played for a while. We offer coaching to beginners and, even if you’ve never played before, you can join the club and start enjoying the game.
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Burnley Tennis Club was proud to throw open the doors of its refurbished clubhouse and new court. A Sports England Inspired Facilities grant awarded to the club and a further grant from the Trusthouse foundation has enabled the transformation of the club’s facilities.
It took seven weeks of hard labour by the Manor House Developments building team to dismantle the old interior and replace it with modern fixtures and fittings including new changing rooms, wet room, bar, kitchen and importantly disabled facilities and access. The finishing touches were completed by a team of hard working volunteers who gave up their time to clean, upholster, decorate and set out the rooms ready for The Grand Opening.
The event took place on the 30th March and was attended by local councillors John Fifield, Gary Frayling and leader of the council Julie Cooper, Peter Robinson representing the Trusthouse Foundation also attended. The official opening ceremony was performed by Mr Alan Brown the Club’s President who cut the ribbon and declared the facilities open. The occasion was a great opportunity for the community to come together within the comfort of the new clubhouse and enjoy a buffet kindly donated by The Daisy Sandwich shop.
The refurbished courts were also celebrated and players got the chance to hit a ball on the newly laid court one.
The success of the day was followed by an evening event in which members and guests relished in a curry donated by the Bombay Lounge and enjoy entertainment kindly provided by Adam Walne who himself is keen tennis player. The celebrations extended into the night and everyone enjoyed a pleasurable evening, one of many to come now that the success of the bids and the renovation work completed has ensured the future of the tennis club and provide a welcoming environment for all to enjoy.