Lottery boost helps tennis club keep people in shape

Paul Hatton Head coach of Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club with youngsters from left, Toby Park, five, Luke Park, seven, Anna Martin, seven, Edward Critchlow, five and Sophie Martin, five
Paul Hatton Head coach of Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club with youngsters from left, Toby Park, five, Luke Park, seven, Anna Martin, seven, Edward Critchlow, five and Sophie Martin, five

Keep-fit tennis buffs have been slimming down and getting healthier thanks to a £9,765 National Lottery Good Causes grant.

Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club’s scheme to deliver exercise and healthier eating among its members and the community was given a boost with lottery funding after judges were impressed by its efforts.

The club, on Hawksley Avenue, Chesterfield, is one of the longest established clubs in the Midlands and boasts artificial grass courts, three tarmac courts a kids’ zone and indoor courts.

A National Lottery spokesman said: “This community organisation in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, will use the funding to deliver tennis exercise and healthy eating sessions for the community. This will help members of the community to improve fitness and reduce obesity-related illnesses.”

The club’s newly developed clubhouse was also recently refurbished with a new bar, social area and catering facilities.

A club spokesman said: “The committee, reception and coaching teams are committed to making the club a friendly welcoming place where players of all ages and abilities can enjoy playing tennis and meeting people.

“Playing tennis is a great way to keep fit and we provide social and competitive tennis for all ages and abilities and we also recommend people come to our social events which we run throughout the year.”

Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club was announced as a National Lottery Good Causes grant recipient during the summer and has been reaping the benefits.

The club encourages people of all ages and abilities from two-year-olds to adults to keep fit and healthy and provides top qualified coaching.