Tennis club’s bid for modern block

Makeover: Woodplumpton Tennis Club members have bid for a �5,000 grant from Homeserve
Makeover: Woodplumpton Tennis Club members have bid for a �5,000 grant from Homeserve
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Bosses at a 110-year-old tennis club is hoping a £5,000 grant will bring their facilities up-to-date.

Woodplumpton Tennis Club has bid for a building makeover with Homeserve, which has teamed up with the Evening Post to offer cash to carry out a range of repairs.

The club is the latest group to have submitted an application for help to improve changing and toilet facilities.

Chairman Paul Hogan said: “We own a derelict brick built shed that was originally a changing and toilet area but this has fallen into disrepair over the last 20 years or so.

“There was no door, the windows were broken and it became a haven for youths to congregate and was subsequently badly vandalised and unusable.

“The club used to enter a team into the local tennis league but this stopped about three years ago due to lack of members.

“The old committee disbanded 12 months ago and the remaining members formed a new committee.”

The new committee wants to increase membership, enter a senior team into a league and make facilities attractive to local school children to encourage them to join.

They also want to increase the number of families taking family membership and encourage families to take up the sport.

But to do this, they say they need the makeover, worth £5,000, to help finish repairs to the facilities.

They have already put on a new roof and a new door has made the building secure.

The club is part of Woodplumpton and District Community Club and was established in 1902.

Mr Hogan added: “We need to renovate our shed and reinstate it as a suitable changing and toilet area for our members and for the use of visiting teams once we put a team back in the league.

“We need a further £4,500 in order to complete our project and to allow our 110 year-old-club to flourish again, to become a focal point of our community and to allow our youngsters to participate in sport in an age where childhood fitness and their lack of inclusion in sport, is a major concern.”

The closing date for entries into the Homeserve scheme is Tuesday, February 6.

To enter, send your name and contact details, along with the name of the organisation you wish to nominate and the reason why they should win help from Homeserve to

Alternatively, post your nomination to Charity Begins at Homeserve, Promotions Department, Lancashire Evening Post, Oliver’s Place, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9ZA.