Tennis bid to unlock Millom sporting prowess
Last updated at 16:34, Thursday, 10 April 2014
A BID to revamp a tennis courts in Millom could be just the ticket to help youngsters get fit.
A project to resurface the tennis courts in Millom Park has won widespread support and the worn and cracked surface could be ready for match action by the end of the year.
Dave Billing, of Millom, formed a business plan for the scheme and has won unanimous support from Millom Town Council as well as enthusiastic responses from primary schools.
Mr Billing believes there is a passion and talent for tennis in the town, and believes the tennis courts will harness both.
He said: “There’s a lot of talent in this town and a lot of the young people perform really well but there’s nowhere for them to go.
“The support I’ve received has been good. It will be a great facility for the town.”
Mr Billing has received letters of interest and support from Black Combe Junior School, Thwaites School and others.
The courts have been cracked and broken for about 20 years, making a proper game of tennis impossible. Many people use the tennis courts in Broughton instead.
Millom Tennis Club used to be very successful, with a large range of members. They competed in the Barrow and District Tennis League.
As well as resurfacing the courts, Mr Billing wants to restore the toilets and changing rooms.
Councillor Joan Hobbs, who sits on Millom Town Council, is chairwoman of the Friends of Millom Park.
She said: “We’re really excited about the project and just can’t wait for it all to be sorted out. It will be good to get youngsters away from the computers and televisions and doing something active.
“Since we put the exercise equipment in the park there’s always somebody using it. It’s just all going towards getting people fit and healthy.”
A tennis club has existed in Millom since at least the 1940s.
First published at 16:31, Thursday, 10 April 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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