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In the beginning...
As the courts which had been in place for over 25 years approached the end of their life, it was agreed to embark on a project to revolutionise tennis in Mid-Wales. In 2001 led by David Pugh the club began the process of raising £165,000 to resurface the eight courts.
Aberystywth Lawn Tennis Club received letters of support from Tennis Wales, Mr. Steve Jones Sports Development Officer for Ceredigion, Penglais and Penweddig Secondary schools, Plascrug, Saint Padarn's, and Rhydypennau Primary schools.
Discussions were also held with the University of Wales, Aberystwyth mooting the possibility of pooling resources to redevelop the tennis facilities at Queen's Road. In 2005 a deal was agreed with The University contributing £40,000 over a ten year period (2006 -2016)
After extensive research, communications with coaches, meetings with five different court resurfacing companies, and playing on the different surfaces all over the country, it was decided that the best quality all-weather courts for players of all standards were the porous cushioned acrylic and porous easi-clay courts from Duracourt.
These courts are similar in performance to acrylic and red clay but can be played on during the rain and winter months. We would like to upgrade five courts to a combination of porous cushion acrylic and easi-clay and resurface the other courts as macadam.
Developing People, developing tennis
In 2006 the Club was successful in its application for a 50 year lease on all eight tennis courts from Ceredigion County Council. The lease had formally been held by Queen's Road Bowling Club. Coordinated by David Pugh sufficient funding had also been secured to bring the project to fruition.
Funding Partners Include:
- Barclays Spaces for Sports in conjunction with The Football Foundation
- The Foundation for Sport and The Arts
- The University of Wales, Aberystwyth
- Ceredigion Town Council
- Aberystwyth Town Council
- Communities First Trust Fund
Funding for the project was also provided by Aberystwyth Lawn Tennis Club.
Schedule of Work
In September 2006 work began on site. Planned in two phases the first would see the extention of the upper court run backs to meet LTA specifications along with new fencing. The base for the 2 upper Acrylic courts laid and the completed layers for the 3 macadam courts.
The second phase was completed between April and June 2007 and included the painting of the 3 Macadam courts in Green and Red, the laying of acrylic on the top 2 and painting in 'New York' Green. The laying of acrylic on court 1 and Easi Clay on Court 2.
With the project completed in the summer of 2007, Aberystwyth Lawn Tennis Club can now with some justification claim to be the centre of tennis in Mid-Wales. Being exactly half way between Tennis Centres in North and South Wales, Aberystwyth will become a tennis hub for junior development squads, coaching camps and Welsh Performance Tennis.
The Queen's Road site now offers superior facilities never before seen in the region, and as well as being used for competitvive tennis the facilities are also available to students, visitors and the local community alike.
A comprehensive coaching structure is now in place and offers a variety of programmes for both adults and juniors. Tournament are played on a variety of surfaces throughout the UK and players in mid-wales will now be able to practice on these surfaces all year round, and start achieving the results they deserve.
Funding the Future
Barclays Spaces for Sports scheme has provided further funding until 2010 to support coaching activities at the Club.
The club is always looking for sponsorship to assist with the running of the Club.
If you are a local business and would be interested in sponsoring a tournament, having a billboard alongside one of the new courts or becoming involved in this exciting project in any way - please contact Edward Evans. We have a number of sponsorship opportunities and would love to hear from you.