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New Hauxton Tennis courts now open following official launch

02/08/2019

Hauxton and other local residents are celebrating following the opening of two new Lawn Tennis Association standard tennis courts.

Hauxton Tennis is officially up and running following a launch event at the facility on Hauxton Sports Ground, on Cambridge Road, opposite the new residential development of Hauxton Meadows on Sunday.

These new high quality, hard surface tennis courts, painted in Wimbledon colours of purple and green were funded by a £60,000 grant from FCC Communities Foundation, with additional funding from the LTA.

Jane Ward, Chairperson of Hauxton Parish Council who operate the site, is delighted that the project is now in use. She says: “This vital facility for social tennis is going to make a real difference to those who use it, as well as the wider community. We are extremely grateful to FCC Communities Foundation for providing funding as we would not have been able to go ahead without its support.”

Jane commented that bringing the sports ground back into multi-sport use is a key part of the council’s plan for the future. The site already hosts junior football every Saturday and Sunday on its three pitches during the season, and the new cricket square funded by Sport England should be ready for club use in 2020.

Jane also announced at the event, that Hauxton had been awarded grants of £86,000 from Amey Community Fund and £100,000 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. This will fund phase 1 of the pavilion providing changing rooms for teams and officials and toilets for teams and the general public, permitting use by adult teams as well as juniors.

Work on the pavilion is due to start in the Autumn and phase 1 hopefully be ready for the second half of the football season, and summer 2020 cricket and tennis.

Pictured cutting the opening ribbon is Mark Sanders, a LTA Councillor and Lead Volunteer for Cambridgeshire LTA. Clerk to the Parish Council is John Hammond who managed the process and liaised with the FCC Communities Foundation is pictured beside him.