Llantrisant Completes Three-Year Transformation
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Llantrisant Tennis club has undergone an amazing transition since taking on the lease of the site three years ago.
The club put together a development plan that included the installation of an electronic security gate, LED lights and finally an artificial clay surface.
The electronic gate ensured that the club earned revenue every time someone stepped on to play on the court. Tennis Wales provided support in application for a grant to help pay for its installation, while the club contributed £5000-£6000.
The next stage of the plan was the transformation of the floodlights from halogen to LED. The club was successful once more in securing a grant for this, putting in £3000 themselves.
The final part of the development was completed this year when they applied for £72,000 from three Grant committees, Sport Wales, The Welsh Church Act Fund, and the UK shared Prosperity Fund to transform the tarmac courts into an artificial clay surface. The club contributed £3-4000 towards this project.
A spokesperson for the club said: "During this three-year period we have received much support from various bodies, including Tennis Wales and, as a small club, we could never have achieved our ambitious plans without grants from Sport Wales, The Welsh Church Act Fund and the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
"Tennis Wales provided support throughout the development of the club. On top of help with the grant for the gate they provided guidance when we were considering taking on the initial lease. Tennis Wales also shared knowledge and development ideas, and advised on, and scrutinised, all of the applications. This helped ensure the club understood the legal issues, technical issues, and were able to include relevant information when making their submissions.
"The Club also received invaluable support from the RCT Sports, Leisure and Parks Team and the RCT Community Support Team.