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Holbrook, Ripley and Alfreton are 'inspired'

An artist's impression of the new facilities at Ripley and Alfreton Tennis Club.

Reasons to celebrate

Two Derbyshire clubs have been successful in securing a £75,000 Inspired Facilities grant from Sport England.

Ripley and Alfreton Tennis Club and Holbrook Sports FC are celebrating successful bids that were submitted with assistance from Derbyshire Sport.

Ripley and Heanor holding court

Since the merger of the Watchorn Tennis Club with the Ripley Tennis Club in March 2014, Ripley and Alfreton Tennis Club has been working hard to upgrade the facilities at their Heage Road, Ripley base.

The club's business plan has been successful in securing the release of the funds set aside for tennis after the sale of the Watchorn Tennis Club site in Alfreton.

That, alongside, the Sport England grant will enable the construction of a new clubhouse, as illustrated by the artist's impression.

It means the club can also upgrade their three existing courts, complete with new floodlights and netting.

It is also expected that facilities will be expanded to build a fourth court.

Welcoming the local community

It is hoped the work will be completed in time for the 2016 season in April or May.

A club statement said: "We would like to thank all those who have helped to put this project together, including Amber Valley Borough Council, Derbyshire Sport and Amber Valley CVS and the club members.

" Once the project is complete, we shall be inviting the local community to an Open Day. Everyone will be offered to play some free tennis and receive some coaching advice.

"Whether you are new to tennis or returning after a time away from the sport, you will be equally welcome."

New changing rooms at Holbrook

Holbrook have been in desperate need of some new changing rooms.

The funding secured by Holbrook Sports, meanwhile, is part of a £235,000 funding pot they have put together to build new changing rooms and a function room at their ground on Shaw Lane.

Holbrook Sports FC was established in 1931 as part of Holbrook Miners Welfare.

Holbrook Sports was founded in 1996 following the disbanding of Holbrook Miners Welfare and the club currently play in the East Midlands Counties League.

"The club's plans to improve and develop their facilities are an important opportunity for sport in the area,with the changing and club house facilities are in an extremely dilapidated state and not fit for purpose," said a club statement.

A high priority

"The need for new changing and function room facilities is a very high priority for the club.

"The proposed new building and the range of planned activities focusing on people of all ages right through to the over-65s will provide valuable new sporting opportunities for people living in and around Holbrook."

To find out what funding opportunities, aside from Inspired Facilities, are available, go to the Derbyshire Sport Funding Pages.

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