'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.

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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.

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