Newcastle United stars relaunch tennis programme

0
Have your say

Young tennis stars are all set for a smashing time on their new look facilities.

Cramlington Community Tennis Programme has been officially re-launched – with the help of Newcastle United stars Mike Williamson and Dan Gosling – after a fundraising effort raised the £40,000 needed to resurface the four floodlit courts.

Official re-opening of Alexandra Park Tennis Courts at Cramlington by NUFC players Mike Williamson (left) and Dan Gosling seen with young player Ellie Gordon (9) from Cramlington.

Official re-opening of Alexandra Park Tennis Courts at Cramlington by NUFC players Mike Williamson (left) and Dan Gosling seen with young player Ellie Gordon (9) from Cramlington.

The players dropped in for a game of tennis at the club, based at Alexandra Park in the town.

Founder and chairman of the club, Jane Grey said: “CCTP hold a long term lease with Northumberland County Council, but when the courts started breaking up we were told that the council didn’t have the money in the budget to renew the surface, so we started applying for grants.”

The fundraising hit a snag when the original contractor went into receivership with £4,000 of the club’s money, but two years on and the courts have been refurbished.

“We have managed to secure financial support from SITA Trust, Banks Community Fund, NCC Community Chest Grant, Sir James Knott Trust, and fundraising held within the club to get the courses resurfaced to provide the club with first class playing facilities,” said Jane.

“We are committed to making a positive difference to the tennis and leisure opportunities in the community, through activity programmes, competitions and education, ensuring that opportunities are available to anyone who may wish to engage in physical activity.”