Ace future for Newark Tennis Club, thanks to help from Newark Sports Association
A sports site close to the town centre has been listed as an asset of community value.
The Newark Sports Association (NSA) has seen its application to secure Newark Lawn Tennis Club’s status as an asset of community value approved by Newark and Sherwood District Council.
NSA, which aims to create sustainable sports facilities for the town, also nominated the four court sports hall, which is part of the old Lilley and Stone school site, off London Road, as an asset of community value.
Andrew Cole, chairman of Newark Tennis Club, said it offered a major boost.
“Over the past 12 months we have seen the membership grow,” Cole said.
“Although there has been a lockdown, there has been an increase in people wanting to be active and stay healthy. The ACV could provide us with the security that we need to really develop tennis as a sport in Newark.
“We have open membership and our membership fees are as low as any of the sports clubs in Newark and so we expect to see participation rise during the summer.
“This is a really exciting time for the club.”
Francis Towndrow, chairman of the NSA, said:“Newark Lawn Tennis Club is a well established local sports club and they are keen to improve their facilities so that they can do more.
“The successful registration means that if the site comes up for sale there will be an opportunity to buy it.
“This will give the club the security of tenure that they need to apply for grants and raise the funds to develop the club for the benefit of the local community.”
Paul Baggaley, secretary of the NSA, said: “We have nominated the four court sports hall on the Lilley and Stone site with ancillary access and parking.
“If successful, the sports hall with Newark Lawn Tennis Club and Newark Town Bowls Club could create a fantastic opportunity to develop a sports facility in the middle of Newark.
“This important asset would make residency in the centre of the town more attractive and people visiting the town could roll shopping and leisure into one visit.”
Over the weekend, Newark Tennis Club returned to league action for the first time in more than 12 months.
Sara Jackson, secretary at the club, said it was great to be back on the court competitively.
“It was the first match of the summer season and the first for over a year,” said Jackson.
“It saw the men’s 1st welcome Sutton in Ashfield in Division Five of the Notts full format league.”
She said captain Gary Brickles offered a pre-match talk to inspire the players.
Despite the speech, Newark lost 10-8, with Sutton-in-Ashfield’s second pairing winning in clinical fashion to help edge their side ahead.
Sam Smith and Todor Malinov, playing as Newark’s first pair, won 4-2.
After winning a tie break against the visitors’ third pairing, Ewan Kennett and Edgars Barvinski also earned a 4-2 win.
Brickles and newcomer Jamie Croft weren’t able to secure a set, losing 6-0.