On Saturday, 18 September, local Senedd Member Julie James MS attended Swansea Tennis and Squash Club’s opening of their resurfaced courts and refurbished facilities.
Following a successful application to Sport Wales’ Be Active Wales Fund in April 2021, the club received £21,562 contribution from Sport Wales which assisted in resurfacing their top three tennis courts, installing LED lighting on four Squash Courts and refurbishing the clubhouse.
As well as the financial support received from Sport Wales and Admiral Insurance, these refurbishments involved a significant investment from the club itself.
Speaking during the celebration event, Julie James MS, Senedd Member for Swansea West outlined how pleasing it was to see that investment from Sport Wales and Admiral, and substantial financial input from the club itself had led to the great new facilities now available for tennis and squash players in the local area. She also congratulated the club on how innovative they had been in using upcycling of furniture and décor, to make the clubhouse such a welcoming environment.
The Club’s Chairman, Helen Dougherty said: “Swansea Tennis and Squash Club are extremely grateful to Sport Wales for their support in financing the improvements we have made at the club this year. With their help, we have re-surfaced our top 3 tennis courts with the latest performance synthetic clay, and installed LED lighting on the squash courts. The entire process from application to implementation took less than 5 months”
Following the official recognition of the refurbishment, the day featured a range of activity taking place on tennis and squash courts, including mixed tournaments and exhibition matches. The day was also attended by Simon Johnson (CEO Tennis Wales), Baroness Amanda Sater (President Tennis Wales), Sophie Hughes (Tennis Wales Board Member) and Jessica Williams (Policy and Public Affairs Sport Wales), as well as several longstanding club members.
Swansea Tennis and Squash club is situated at King George V Playing Fields, Mumbles Road, Swansea and has an active and growing membership of 460 members. More details about the club, and how to get involved can be found on their website.