Sports clubs in Riddlesden, Cross Hills and Wilsden get £50,000 in lottery grants

Crosshills Tennis Club members during last year’s Lyn’s Day, when they remember one of their members, Lyn Ferguson, who died of cancer

Crosshills Tennis Club members during last year’s Lyn’s Day, when they remember one of their members, Lyn Ferguson, who died of cancer

First published in Keighley

Sports clubs in Riddlesden, Cross Hills and Wilsden will each upgrade their facilities with £50,000 lottery grants.

The groups have received the money from Sport England’s fund to provide an Olympics legacy.

Crosshills Tennis Club has received £48,500 to improve its playing surface to provide all-year-round availability.

It will also replace its rundown clubhouse with a more comfortable and easily-maintained building providing an improved viewing area.

Riddlesden War Memorial Institute will spend part of its £50,000 grant extending the existing tennis area in Scott Lane to create three newly-surfaced courts.

It will also construct a new tennis pavilion for the use of Riddlesden Tennis Club members and other local people.

Wilsden Cricket Club has received £50,000 to replace a 35-year-old pavilion with a new wooden building, providing improved facilities, safer conditions and facilities for disabled people.

The grants have come from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund, part of a £135 million Places People Play programme linked to last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Glenn Frost, chairman of the 70-year old Crosshills Tennis Club, was delighted the Sport England investment would mean an end to the club’s present “crumbling edifice”.

Glenn said: “We can upgrade our courts and clubhouse, hopefully attract some new members and ensure the club will continue to be a valuable asset for Cross Hills for another 70 years.”

Riddlesden War Memorial Institute chairman, Ken Harker, said the upgraded tennis facilities would allow local people to play all year round on top-quality courts.

He added: “We are particularly keen for new players, young and not so young, and for schools and disabled groups to join with us.

“It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the 2012 Olympics legacy.”

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