Keighley tennis clubs receive Olympic boost

Cross Hills intend to build a new clubhouse and resurface their courts

Cross Hills intend to build a new clubhouse and resurface their courts

First published in Sport Keighley News: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Sports Reporter

Two Keighley-area tennis clubs have been served a treat.

Riddlesden Tennis Club have received £50,000 from Sport England’s Olympic Legacy Fund, while Cross Hills Tennis Club have got £48,500 from the same source.

Cross Hills intend to build a new clubhouse and resurface their courts at a total cost of £78,500, while Riddlesden – whose ground is owned by Riddlesden War Memorial Institute – want to rebuild their pavilion and extend their courts, which will cost £114,544.

The plan at Riddlesden is in three phases – replace the storage hut with changing rooms and a pavilion, extend the run-back area to the three courts and create more room at the side of the courts, and resurface and remark the courts.

Club treasurer Pete Loughlin said: “We are also supposed to be getting £60,000 from the trustees of Keighley Tennis Club.

“The ideal scenario, from a players’ point of view, would be to get the clubhouse done in April or May and do the courts at the end of the season in September.

“David Briggs and Malcolm Smith, who both live near the courts, have been the driving forces in getting this project going and we think we will go for green all-weather courts like Cross Hills.

“Our hut has been in existence for over 50 years and I don’t know how it is still standing.

“We would make two of the courts full-sized (currently shale) and the third (now tarmac) court, which would be between Scott Lane and the canal side, would be for mini-tennis use.

“We are also waiting for Bradford Council to rebuild the wall on Scott Lane, which is in a dangerous state.

“But we heard the other day that they had run out of money, so we don’t know what is happening there.”

Cross Hills want to demolish their cold, leaky clubhouse, which is a single-skinned structure with concrete-panelled walls and a corrugated tin roof.

Stage one is to replace that with an insulated clubhouse with improved changing rooms, better access and a viewing area which does not give rise to health and safety issues by being near vehicle access to the car park.

The second phase would be to resurface the courts, thus getting rid of the faded paint and fretting uneven surface and tree-root damage.

Club secretary Val Maude said: “We are also due to get £30,000 from the trustees of Keighley Tennis Club.”

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