‘An important community asset in danger of being lost’ – Tesco serves up cash boost to help save Meldreth tennis courts

PUBLISHED: 09:49 05 January 2017 | UPDATED: 09:49 05 January 2017

Christine Knight, pictured at Royston Tennis Club, is leading the campaign to help save the tennis courts in Meldreth.

Christine Knight, pictured at Royston Tennis Club, is leading the campaign to help save the tennis courts in Meldreth.

Archant

Fundraising efforts to raise £60,000 to save Meldreth’s dilapidated tennis courts are to be given a cash boost by supermarket giant Tesco, and your vote will help decide how much cash they rack up for the village.

Club member and volunteer Christine Knight is spearheading the campaign in which they have raised just over half the amount needed to revamp the courts at Meldreth Tennis Club in High Street – and she was thrilled to learn they have secured £1,000 thanks to Tesco’s monthly fundraising scheme in conjunction with community charity Groundwork.

“This is a very important community asset that is in danger of being lost,” said Christine.

“The courts have been in the village for over 60 years and tennis is a great sport that can be played by all ages.

“They are open to everyone to use and when they are refurbished the tennis club will be able to provide tennis for all ages and abilities.”

In the scheme, grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 are awarded to outdoor projects, with cash raised from the supermarket’s 5p bag levy.

Meldreth Tennis Club is one of three groups in every Tesco region which have been shortlisted to receive the top grant shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco to vote for their chosen cause to receive the full £5,000.

But it’s not the first time Christine has lead a fundraising effort for the sport in this area.

In 2010, Christine, who is also a member of Royston Tennis Club, raised money to help build the new tennis courts on the heath.

“It is thanks to schemes like Tesco bags of help that the many volunteers that keep our sports clubs going are able to maintain these great facilities for communities to enjoy,” she added.

Tesco’s Lindsey Crompton said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for January.

“There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Votes are cast using a green token given to customers at the check-out in Tesco up until January 28.

For more information on the club go to clubspark.lta.org.uk/MeldrethTennisClub.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Royston Crow visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Royston Crow staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Royston Crow account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

17:01

A Fowlmere nurse is to be honoured with a top award after running onto London Bridge to help victims of last year’s terror attack.

13:51

A large fire, originally thought to be from a chemical tanker, was dealt with at a farm near Flint Cross by multiple crews on Friday.

10:59

More than 31,000 visitors from all over the world enjoyed a wonderfully nostalgic weekend at the Flying Legends Air Show at IWM Duxford.

If you are stood waiting on the platform for a Thameslink or Great Northern train to show up, you can spend your time claiming for the new compensation scheme.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Royston Crow e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Royston Crow weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy