Tennis club shines new light on courts thanks to The London Marathon Charitable Trust
31 Oct 2017, 12:45 p.m.
The future looks a lot brighter for a Surrey tennis club who have unveiled a new set of floodlights thanks in part to a grant from The London Marathon Charitable Trust.
Coopers Hill Lawn Tennis Club in Englefield Green received £18,000 from the Trust for new floodlights on two of the club’s courts. It forms part of a wider project at the club which will see two courts resurfaced.
Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, was given the honour of switching on the new lights at a ceremony that was attended by the Trust’s Chief Grants Officer Sarah Ridley.
After the floodlights had been switched on, Hammond and Ridley then watched tennis in action with a demonstration by juniors under the floodlights, supervised by coach Richard Downs.
The London Marathon Charitable Trust provides grants towards capital projects that inspire people to lead a more active lifestyle and increase the number of people regularly taking part in physical activity.
The Trust is able to distribute grants in all areas where London Marathon Events Limited organised mass-participation events: the 32 London boroughs and the City of London, Surrey, South Northamptonshire Council area and Aylesbury Vale District Council area. Since its formation in 1981, The Trust has awarded more than £665million to more than 1,200 projects.
The Trust recently announced its first UK-wide grants programme with the Active Spaces project with Fields in Trust, which will safeguard the future of 50 green spaces across the UK and encourage people to participate in physical activity, sport and play.