Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Tennis club unveils new ‘Olympic’ courts

TWO tennis courts with an Olympic theme have been opened in Charvil.

TWO tennis courts with an Olympic theme have been opened in Charvil.

More than 40 people attended the official unveiling of the courts, which will be used by Charvil Community Tennis Club.

The new facilities in East Park Farm replace the club’s old courts, which were demolished to make way for the new village primary school earlier this year.

The complex, which also features a hitting wall and multi-sports pitch, was part of Wokingham Borough Council’s £4 million scheme to build the school.

The new courts are at the south end of the site, just 50 yards from the old ones, which cost the council £35,000 to create 10 years ago.

Club chairman Carl Emerson-Dam said: “We decided to organise the tennis club a year-and-a-half ago and set up a committee with the council. We had to go through the planning application process, which was a bit of a nightmare, but finally we have our new courts and they are smashing.”

Among those in attendance were Berkshire Lawn Tennis Association chairman Brian Warren, association coach Ross Batten and Josh Berry, who is known for his impressions of tennis players such as Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal. Mr Batten and Mr Berry played an exhibition set, which Mr Berry won 6-4.

The courts are pink and blue in honour of London 2012 and the Olympic rings are embroidered on the nets.

Mr Emerson-Dam said: “The committee chose to have these colours for the courts as an Olympic legacy and to inspire new generations. When you think about the old courts, these are incomparable. They are magnificent and it’s a huge improvement.

“We are really proud of them and I think we have brought something to the Berkshire tennis community. We now have our own tennis identity and we are trying to put Charvil on the tennis map.”

Anyone wanting to use the courts can buy a tennis season ticket from the council. These cost £22.70 for adults, £17.20 for children, £11.30 for concessions and £58.20 for a family pass.

Members of the club can use the courts for free at any time and pupils at the school will use the facilities for PE lessons.

* Wargrave Tennis Club’s Christmas party will be held at Hennerton Golf Club on Friday, November 29, from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15, which includes a two-course buffet.

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