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Grand opening of new courts at Sheen Lawn Tennis & Squash Club

Categories: East Sheen,East Sheen News,Sports

Sheen Lawn Tennis & Squash Club is proud to announce the formal opening of its new all-weather tennis courts on June 7th and 8th. The popular local club, situated on the edge of Richmond Park, has been part of the community for nearly 100 years: it celebrates its centenary in 2021.

The club opened with grass courts, later replaced by red shale.  In the 1990s, lottery funding allowed the club to replace these with acrylic courts.  But some had become badly worn and needed upgrading.  The club’s new management team, elected in 2015, made a commitment to renew these courts with the latest all-weather surfacing, replacing them with artificial clay.  Five of the eight courts have been resurfaced in all-weather artificial clay. They were completed in April, on time and in budget.

Come along and see the Club

The new courts are being formally opened on Friday June 7th, and they are marking the event with a coaching masterclass from a former club member, Dan Bloxham, who is now Head Coach at The All England Club in Wimbledon.  Dan will demonstrate the skills that have taken him to the very top of the game and run sessions for adults and juniors.  The following day, members will have the chance to demonstrate their own tennis skills at a one-day club tournament, with a French theme to coincide with the French Open Championships.

The club is inviting non-members to come along to see the new facilities and offering a free coaching session to anyone joining before the end of August.  The normal £50 joining fee will also be waived. 

The Club Chair, Alison Goodbrand, says: “We’re proud of our roots in the local community and for our reputation as a very friendly club.  We have programmes for all standards, from top teams in the Surrey Leagues to complete beginners. Tennis is a great way of keeping fit and making new friends, so we hope these fantastic new courts will encourage people to come and see what we have to offer, and join us.  They will be made very welcome.”

For more information please contact Alison Goodbrand chair@sheenltsc.co.uk

Author: Charlie Duncan

Charlie is currently studying English and Drama at the University of Exeter, and was raised in East Sheen and loves to contribute to the website and community when he can.