Scunthorpe club nets £150k so it can serve up more tennis at Tata Steel sportsground
A SCUNTHORPE tennis club has netted a huge sum of money that has helped them serve up the sport to record numbers.
With junior membership tripling in size, it is hoped the club could discover the next tennis ace to follow in the footsteps of Andy Murray.
Appleby-Frodingham Tennis Club has expanded dramatically thanks to a £150,000 investment.
The expansion has seen its five grass courts converted into three hard courts and a kids' zone with mini-tennis courts, all of which are floodlit.
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And just months after Andy Murray became the first Brit to win a Grand Slam event in 76 years, interest in tennis at the club is soaring.
Junior membership has risen from 25 in 2011 to 85 in 2012 and overall membership is up from 70 to 125 since the facilities improved.
Keith Wadd, club secretary, said: "The funding we received from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has had a huge impact and allowed us to increase the amount of tennis we are offering to our members.
"We endeavour to improve the club year-on-year and are confident we can continue doing that, especially given the high quality facilities we now have in place."
The £150,000 investment has come from the LTA, with support from Sport England. Half of the money is a grant, while the other is a 10-year loan.
Tim Patte, coach at the club, said: "For an area like Scunthorpe this is a great opportunity for a lot more juniors to get involved.
"The way I see it, tennis is a sport that you can play from two-years-old right up to our oldest member who is about 87."
Simon Fish, 11, from Scunthorpe, said: "I have been coming since June last year and really enjoy playing here.
"The lights are really good. They make it really easy to play and means that we can play in the winter now."