MAPLEDURHAM Lawn Tennis Club in Caversham Heights has been awarded a £38,800 grant by Sport England for improvements to Mapledurham pavilion and tennis courts.
The grant, which is part of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme, will be spent on resurfacing and refencing the courts and adding a verandah and disabled toilets to the pavilion as well as contributing to improving disabled access and parking bays. Work will also begin on landscaping the area around the courts.
The club, which is contributing £27,700, says it plans to carry out the renovation work as soon as possible. The grant is a boost for the campaign to replace the pavilion for which Reading Borough Council has pledged capital and the Warren and District Residents’ Association has so far raised about £40,000.
David Maynerd, relaunch project manager of the tennis club, said: “By improving the quality of our facilities we hope to attract many more players, in particular creating new coaching programmes for juniors, special needs youngsters and, in phase two of our development plan, wheelchair users.”
Donations towards the pavilion project qualify for Gift Aid and can be made via the Virgin Money Giving website to the Mapledurham recreation ground charity.