VIDEO: New clubhouse will give Horncastle a boost

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Members of Horncastle and District Tennis club have hailed the opening of their new £50,000 clubhouse as “just smashing.”

Almost 100 guests attending the launch of the impressive new building on Sunday.

David Chambers, chairman of The Lindum Group, cuts the tape at the opening of the new tennis clubhouse

David Chambers, chairman of The Lindum Group, cuts the tape at the opening of the new tennis clubhouse

Work on the clubhouse started last September following a five year funding campaign.

The club is already highly successful and includes players from the age of four to 75-plus.

Membership soared by 24 per cent last year to more than 200.

Officials are confident the state of the art facilities - which feature an office, kitchen, storeroom, treatment room and toilets - will attract newcomers.

Guests were welcomed by the club’s newly appointed chairman Di Jones.

David Chambers, chairman of The Lindum Group who constructed the building, cut the tape.

Club secretary Julie Hillsmith thanked the many contributors including Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Olympic Fund, The Lindum Group, Lincolnshire Lawn Tennis Association, East Lindsay District Council’s Community Grant Scheme and the George Jobson Charitable Trust.

Members and friends enjoyed bucks fizz, canapes and a barbecue.

Head coach Karl Sutton organised on court activities for all ages and abilities throughout the day.

He was assisted by coach Faye Button, coaching assistants Jessica Nugent and Alexander MacRury and tennis leaders Matt and Dan Dalton.

A Cardio Tennis session was as popular as ever and the juniors enjoyed challenging the leaders.

The U12 squad showed off their developing skills and great work ethic.

The U8 squad also demonstrated their skills and took part in a series of fun games aimed at developing agility, balance and coordination.

The club runs several teams - from senior to junior level - who compete in local leagues. There is also a strong social section.