Disability sport in Norfolk has been granted a huge boost as a £92,000 project to transform the facilities at East Anglia Tennis & Squash Club gets underway.

The Club – which was originally established in the 1940s – has seen a number of rising stars in the world of Wheelchair Tennis learn their skills on its courts, but it has always lacked the capital investment needed to transform its aging facilities into a truly accessible venue. Now, however, all that is set to change, thanks to a grant from the Veolia Environmental Trust of over £74,000.

The project comprises a number of different components, and will see refurbishment to the floodlights on two of the tennis courts, plus renovations to the Clubhouse. These will include a new floor, better access, improved lighting, an accessible toilet facility and the installation of a platform lift for wheelchairs. These improvements will mark an exciting new stage in Club’s development, and work is expected to be complete by June 2017.

Funds for the renovations are coming from The Veolia Environmental Trust who have awarded £74,185 through the Landfill Communities Fund. The project also has the full support of the LTA, and it is hoped that this will be the first phase in a series of exciting new developments that will see the Club expand its offerings further.

The Club is already a much-loved venue for adults and children alike, and as well as afternoon sessions and evening and weekend coaching, it is used by a number of schools for squash, netball and tennis. There are well-established links with local specialist schools, and the changes that will be made under the grant funding will allow this work to continue and grow.

Club Manager, Hannah Colby, says, “This grant is a fantastic chance for EATSC to expand its services to existing and future players and spectators alike. Sport is such an essential part of a healthy and active lifestyle, and to have this level of investment made in our facilities will really help us to push forwards and encourage everyone, regardless of age or ability, to get involved throughout the year. It will allow us to broaden our work with those with physical, sensory and behavioural requirements, and cement our place as a centre of the local community. We are incredibly grateful to the Veolia Environmental Trust for creating this opportunity for us, and we look forward to launching the Club’s new facilities at the start of the summer.”

The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, adds, “We support community and environmental projects across England and Wales and it is great to hear about the start of the transformation of the facilities at East Anglia Tennis & Squash Club. I look forward to hearing about this important project’s progress over the coming months.”

For more info contact:

Hannah Colby, tel: 01603 453532 – email: hannahcolby@eatsc.org.uk

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