Diggers move in to start work on centre

Nigel Bentley, Chairman celebrates the start of work on the new tennis centre with pupils from Harrogate High. (S)
Nigel Bentley, Chairman celebrates the start of work on the new tennis centre with pupils from Harrogate High. (S)

Work is finally underway on a state-of-the-art tennis facility for Harrogate.

After planning and numerous other delays the diggers have moved in to the High School site in Claro Park.

Speaking this week Chairmn of the Harrogate Spa Tennis Centre Nigel Bentley said: “It’s been a number of years since we embarked on the project to relocate the Spa club.

“After some false starts, detailed planning applications, and numerous other hassles, I’m very pleased to see the diggers out there and work is now well advanced. 

“With the support of the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association), new, modern facilities and a re-energised approach to coaching, we will have in place a fantastic tennis facility for the residents of Harrogate and Knaresborough.”

Harrogate Spa Tennis Centre and Harrogate High School are teaming up to develop new facilities.

The original Spa Lawn Tennis Club, formed in 1947, is vacating what is regarded as the out of date and cramped facilities at Kent Drive and moving to six brand new full sized courts being constructed at the school, which is a Sports Academy and is in the process of being completely rebuilt with new sports facilities added.

Mr Bentley explained: “The relationship between the school and HSTC will develop as a partnership for the benefit of tennis, school and club alike.

“The important aspect of the project is that the schoolchildren taking tennis at the school will be coached by professional coaches from the centre.”

Andrew Bayston, Executive Principal, said: “The school is very pleased to see the start of the construction phase as this marks a new chapter for the Tennis Centre and our school.”

When complete the facilities will provide year round play and provide an environment for all levels of development in a bid to achieve Performance Centre status.

Progress on the construction of the Phase 1 development can be followed at the club’s website www.spatennis.org.uk .

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