TENNIS lovers came out in force to celebrate the official reopening of two much-improved courts in Hailsham.
On Saturday (August 20) members of Hailsham Town Council, which contributed to the project, also attended the event at the Western Road recreation ground.
The new-improved astro-turf courts cost around in the region of £25,000, adds to a range of improvements carried out by Hailsham Tennis Club since 2009, including the construction of a new purpose-built clubhouse. Local businesses chipped in with around £3,100 towards the cost of the astro-turf application and Hailsham Town Council granted £3,000.
The club now has four all-weather astro-turf courts, which are floodlit and provide members with all year round playing facilities.
Former mayor and patron of Hailsham Tennis Club, councillor Jo Bentley, joined current mayor Cllr Jeff Bentley-Astor for the ceremonial ribbon cutting.
Cllr Bentley-Astor said, “These courts have been astro-turfed to a very high standard and will enable the club to breathe a new lease of life into this local public sports facility, delivering the club’s commitment to improve tennis facilities in Hailsham.”
He continued, “There are so many top-of-the-range sporting facilities in the town and we are thrilled that these new tennis courts can be added to that list.
“Club officers and members have done a tremendous job in improving the facilities, themselves putting in many hours of effort towards various improvement and restoration projects in recent years.”
Club membership secretary Harry Marks said, “On behalf of my fellow officers, I would like to thank Cllr Bentley and the mayor for agreeing to officially open our new tennis courts to the public and our patron Cllr Bentley for her continued support and attendance at our various open days and finals throughout the past few years.”