This club now has the best facilities in town with 3 brand new Clay courts and 3 Savanna courts complete with new flood lights after refurbishment work was completed in March 2018.
News on Club Facilities & Members
Grand Opening Press Release by Geoff Brookes, 11 April 2018
As published in The Loughborough Echo (back page) on 11 April 2018.
Over 100 people attended the official opening of the newly refurbished facilities at Charnwood Lawn Tennis Club at Nanpantan Sports Ground, Loughborough on Sunday 8th April following the completion of a £125,000 project to install new artificial clay courts and new floodlights for 7 courts.
The history of the club from its origins in the 1970’s was outlined before an overview of the project and the cutting of the ribbon was performed by Geoff Brookes, Development Officer for the project
President of the club John Newton commented “Despite the fact that Mark Cox, through illness, was unable to attend, we have had a fantastic response from members of all ages to witness an exhibition doubles match, followed by participation in tennis across all courts.”
Completion of the project is timely, given the start of the Leicestershire match season and the introduction of new programmes of coaching for players of all ages. Further details may be found on the club web-site http://charnwoodltc.yolasite.com/
Further information is available from Andrew Smith on 0789 191 4361 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Courts Grand Opening, Sunday 8 April 2018
Please check back for photos and videos captured on the day.
*It all happened according to schedule except sadly, Mark Cox was not able to be here due to illness and the ribbon was cut by Geoff Brookes:
12.30: Guests arrive for finger buffet
1pm: All members (adult & junior) plus any friends & family wishing to play some tennis arrive
1.10pm: Short speeches re development & club history
1.30pm: Cutting of the ribbon by Mark Cox and first shots played by Geoff Brookes, Adam Goodall & Mark Cox*
1.40pm: Exhibition mixed doubles with Em, Chris, Gaby & Steve
2pm: Adult Club Play on 4 courts - with Cathy Bosshardt. Junior Play with coaching on 3 courts with Matt, James & Lois
3pm onwards: Tea & home made scones served in clubhouse
Update on Charnwood Development, by Geoff Brookes
A note on photos: Hover over image to see date of photo, or click to see full size and date in caption.
11 April 2018
Work started today on the two remaining jobs to complete the refurbishment. The painting of the remaining steel columns to match the green fencing and new columns has commenced, but has been hampered by the continued damp conditions. The tarmac has been laid on the “ Cage” court. The court will then be marked out and painted after it has settled and we have dry warm weather conditions.
14 March 2018
The original batch of ‘artificial clay carpet’ was returned to the Belgian manufacturer due to some defects. During this time, and during the snowy weather, the replacement floodlights for the 4 artificial grass courts were installed.
A second batch of carpet was delivered, after careful quality control, on Monday 12th March and is in the process of being laid. The next stage is to infill the surface with a special grade of sand from 12 large bags located in the car park. It is expected that the courts will be handed over at the beginning of week commencing 19th March.
The official opening ceremony is set for 8th April and Mark Cox has agreed to come along as our special guest.
29 January 2018
The new Clay Court “carpet” will be delivered on or around 5th February and will take about a week to install and infill with the special sand. This is temperature and weather-dependent, the recent poor weather has also given the contractors a backlog to complete.
Once the new surface is ready the next stage will be the replacement of the existing floodlights on the 4 artificial grass courts in the middle of February.
The Cage court has been prepared for the new tarmac surface which is the last stage of the project, and this should be completed by the end of February. Temporary white lines will be painted on the tarmac court before it receives its full painting in the drier weather.
A quick word on the artificial grass courts…
We are currently investigating (with our contractors and the Council) the reasons why these 4 courts are prone to flooding and investigative work will be carried out in the next few days on an area around & behind the base line of one of the courts. Depending on the results of the investigation, further remedial work may be required. We will provide further information on this in due course.
19 January 2018
The new floodlights on the three tarmac courts have been installed and tested, with the exception of one lamp, all are working well and shows how superior they are when compared to our existing lights. These 3 courts are still not usable until the artificial clay surface has been installed.
12 January 2018
New floodlights for the 3 tarmac courts have been installed, but not yet connected and tested.
Kerbs around the edges have been put in place and the next stage is laying the carpet base for the artificial clay courts, which will take place over the coming few weeks, and is weather dependent!
Next the special sand infill will be added to create the new playing surface.
Following that, the floodlights for the existing 4 artificial grass courts will be updated.
Finally the tarmac court in the cage will be replaced (but only painted after the end of March).
All these will be finished by the end of March at the latest (the only exception being painting the tarmac court, which will take place in April, again weather dependent).
Charnwood Development, December 2017
Refurbishment work has commenced in December 2017. Club member Geoff Brookes is managing the project but Matt is also in close daily contact with progress of the work. The target completion date is around April 2018 (subject to weather). At the end of the project, we will have 3 artificial clay courts with new floodlights, 4 artificial grass courts with new floodlights and a new tarmac court (which is unlit).
According to Geoff, "we started the process early in 2017 by submitting bids to LTA, Charnwood Borough Council, Sport England and various other Funding organisations and were successful in raising enough funds for the whole project to commence at the end of 2017 for completion by end March 2018. Through our very close working relationship with the Council we went out to competitive tender in the Autumn and the chosen contractor is Fosse Contracts, who are based in Leicester. Their sister company Exclusive Leisure are experts in floodlighting and have carried out this part of the contract."
Charnwood Development Plans, September 2017
The club has successfully obtained the go ahead for development plans to commence. This will include improvements to our courts and lighting systems. To assist in the works we are running a fundraising Wimbledon Sweepstake.
Barry Read Memorial tournament, Sunday 12th April
Although strong winds caused trouble throughout the tournament, it was lovely to all get on court in memory of Barry. He was a devoted member of our club for 30-40 years, representing the club in teams for many seasons. Sorely missed, but never forgotten.
Many thanks to all those who played. Congratulations to the winning pair (pic left) - Mike Gubb and James Holt. Click here to see full match draw & results.
Many thanks to Mick Forshaw for organising.