Pocklington Tennis Club serves up new clubhouse

Head coach Matt Ward and Matt Emmerson in front of the new clubhouse.
Head coach Matt Ward and Matt Emmerson in front of the new clubhouse.

A tennis club has a smashing new clubhouse after embarking on an exciting project, which is expected to cost more than £100,000.

Pocklington Tennis Club was forced to build a new clubhouse at its site on Hodsow Lane after a burglary at the club over a year ago, which resulted in ir-repairable water damage to the old clubhouse.

As a result the club has self-funded the new clubhouse, which has cost about £25,000, and offers changing areas for men and women, toilets, kitchen and a social area.

Chairman of the club, Chris French, said: “I think it is wonderful, it’s what we always wanted. The ladies always wanted a personal changing area and facilities which they now have. Every club that has been to our clubhouse have said they would love the same clubhouse themselves. The response has been fantastic from everyone.”

The club is now focusing on the next stage of its project – installing new floodlights. It is seeking funding from external bodies in an effort to have its tennis courts floodlit.

By installing floodlights, which will cost more than £75,000, this will enable the courts to be used for play all of the year round, and in particular coaching.

Mr French added: “We are still applying for funding for it. The first thing is to get the power in for the floodlights.” The club already has six astro turf-type courts and a full coaching programme for all ages and standards. It welcomes people of all backgrounds and standards, from beginners to the sport, to budding Wimbledon champions.