ASHBOURNE Tennis Club have received a donation of £800 from the Community Leadership funds of councillors Andrew Lewer and Simon Spencer.
The donations — £400 from each councillor — will go towards the club’s project to build new tennis courts and facilities on a site close to the Peak Gateway Caravan Park.
The project will see the club have their own home with new facilities for the first time in their 60-year history.
Lewer and Spencer have offered theirsupport and encouragement to the tennis club from the start of their ambitious plans.
The financial contributions are from a scheme which provides small grants to community, voluntary and other local organisations to support worthwhile projects and initiatives that will benefit local communities.
The tennis club is thriving at the moment with around 40 senior members and 120 juniors who play social and competitive tennis at all levels.
The junior section is a remarkable success, run by Jenni Bull and club coach Chris Osbourne.
The club hopes to have the new courts in place for the summer season of 2013, and it will then have the opportunity to recruit new members and offer more coaching sessions for all levels from beginners through to advanced players.
The club had previosuly received a grant of £50,000 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund, a scheme which aims to provide new sporting facilities throughout the country as a legacy from the 2012 Olympics.