The Tennis Club is working closely with Austwick Playing Fields Association on plans to extend the all-weather playing area behind the existing tennis courts.
The land, which is currently tarmacked, will be enlarged and re-surfaced and marked out for a variety of sports, including basketball, netball, tennis and five-a-side football.
It will be available for community use throughout the year and, from a tennis club perspective, it will form a third court for league matches and other times when both the existing courts are in use.
The project is still subject to planning permission, as part of the area to be resurfaced is currently grassed, but if all goes to plan work will start early in the spring and the facilities should be ready for use by the start of the new league tennis season.
The work is expected to cost around £25,000 and will be jointly funded by the tennis club, the Playing Fields Association and a grant from Keighley Tennis, which has funding available for the development of tennis in this part of Yorkshire. It is the support from Keighley Tennis which has made the new development possible. The Lafarge company, owners of the quarry at near-by Helwith Bridge, have also indicated that they will be prepared to support the project through the provision of the hard core base.
The Playing Fields Association regards the creation of this new area as an important addition to the village facilities which currently consist of a children’s play area, the cricket and football field and the bowling green, as well as the two tennis courts.
More news on the development will follow over the coming months.
Source: Tennis Club