Friday, 22 June 2018

New clubhouse for tennis group

A NEW clubhouse at Henley Tennis Club was officially opened at the start of a mini-tennis tournament on Saturday.

A NEW clubhouse at Henley Tennis Club was officially opened at the start of a mini-tennis tournament on Saturday.

Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak and nine-year-old club member Monty Heath cut a ribbon to declare the building open.

Cllr Gawrysiak said: “It’s absolutely wonderful to see this facility available for people of all ages.”

The committee at the Tilebarn Close club had wanted to replace the old clubhouse for years but were only able to apply for planning permission last Easter after The Henley College, which owns the land, agreed to grant the club a 21-year lease.

Sport England awarded the club a £50,000 grant and the club invested £40,000 of its savings in the clubhouse, which includes a toilet and kitchen, and refurbishing two of the five courts. Club chairman Tony Rudelhoff said: “We have now got somewhere for club members to wash their hands, go to the toilet and socialise. There are not many clubs around that can say they have got this kind of facility.

“We have about 190 members and hope that improving the facilities will encourage even greater participation.”

Former chairman Peter Handley, who organised the project, said: “We have never had electricity or running water and these basic facilities will be of particular use to younger members and beginners.”

He thanked former town councillor Chris Pye and the late Terry Bucket for their contributions to the club. About 225 people attended the morning coaching sessions and tournaments which followed the ceremony.

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