More time for tennis thanks to floodlighting

SEAFORD and Blatchington Lawn Tennis Club has been lit up for winter tennis after unveiling brand new facilities on the site at the weekend.

The club has installed floodlighting onto three existing courts at their Belgrave Road site in a bid to increase playing opportunities throughout the year.

The improvements have been made possible thanks to a £25,000 grant from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), with support from Sport England, while the club contributed the remaining cost.

Steve Williams, chairman of Seaford and Blatchington LTC, said: “We have now completed a three-year period of upgrading with new court surfaces and low-level floodlighting to previously unlit courts.

“We now have all this as well as a modern clubhouse and a friendly welcome at the club. We have people joining from within the local area and outside of it as well.”

To celebrate the completion of the upgraded facilities, the club held an open day at the weekend, with free play and coaching as well as a speed gun to test the speed of players’ serves.

Liz Squires, the LTA’s tennis development manager for Sussex, said: “The new floodlighting at the club, which the LTA has been proud to support, will enable Seaford to grow their tennis programmes and develop year round opportunities for all their members.”