Grand Opening Day
Grand Opening Day, June 2nd 2013
Denby Dale Tennis Club officially opened their new courts on Sunday, 2nd June and the event was blessed with warm, sunny weather.
More than seventy people came along to celebrate the opening. As well as current members, many former members and honorary members joined the festivities. It was pleasing to see a number of new members, adult and junior, who had joined after the Open Day in May.
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Cutting the ribbon was Claire Howe, Operations Manager, Sport and Physical activity Development, Kirklees Council. She had helped the Club to obtain funding to kick start the project and gave the Club support, encouragement and advice throughout.
Tennis Club Chairman, Leslie Simister gave a brief overview of the redevelopment project. The guests of honour were Simon Reevell MP and his wife, Kirklees Councillors Cllr Graham Turner and Cllr Jim Dodds and his wife. Cllr Kelvyn Waites represented Denby Dale Parish Council and Peter Hoyle represented The Huddersfield Common Good Trust. Phil Tomlinson of Sudsports, (suppliers of the plastic box sections underlying the surface) represented the contractors, Thornton Sports.
A buffet lunch, prepared by members, was served and the courts were soon in use for play. Adults played on one court and numerous junior tennis players and their parents using mini tennis nets played on the other court. Rackets were kindly provided by tennis specialist, O’Neill Sports of Huddersfield.
The day was the culmination of two and a half years of hard work by the members and they can feel proud of their new courts and the new-look Tennis Club. The project was made possible through generous funding from Kirklees Council and Sport England. Additional support came from Denby Dale Parish Council and the Huddersfield Common Good Trust. Kirklees Council’s investment was matched by Sport England through their Inspired Facilities Fund as part of the legacy of the London Olympics.