A New Beginning
A Community Amateur Sports Club in Peterborough shows how the simple installation of high quality yet affordable indoor courts, sensible surfacing and professional floodlighting transformed their facilities for the better.
The City of Peterborough Tennis Club, thought to be the second oldest club in the UK has recently invested almost half a million pounds into transforming and improving its existing tennis facilities. Although Peterborough is one of the fastest growing cities in the United Kingdom it was home to only four tennis courts. The City of Peterborough Tennis Club merged with another local club with the objective of providing more courts to keep up with the demand of the community. The club was keen to encourage more people to play tennis not only during the warmer months but all year-round, so they were especially interested in covered courts.
The modern ‘framed fabric’ structure that was installed by construction specialists CopriSystems. Bill Skeed from Peterborough TC specified that the structures would need to “offer protection in the winter” as well as being “robust”, as the club often has to deal with antisocial behaviour. He had already visited CopriSystems’ sports dome at Culford School and was impressed with their sturdiness and retractable sides which allow ventilation and create a comfortable playing environment no matter the weather.
When it came to choosing the kind of flooring for the courts, the club opted for impervious acrylic surfacing which is used throughout the tennis-playing world. It is the chosen surface for many major championships including the US Open but is suited for players of all abilities.
The club’s new high quality tennis court covers are elegant, reliable and built to last for at least twenty years. They are made from heavy-duty, PVC-coated polyester and designed in accordance with the requirements of the Lawn Tennis Association. These bespoke sports structures provide all-weather protection as well as allowing in natural light and ventilation, meaning that the club’s members are able to play tennis all year round and even reduce their carbon footprint!
The tennis club also chose to have their three existing outdoor courts resurfaced with Porous Macadam surfacing. This type of surface can prevent flooding after rainfall, meaning there will be fewer to no puddles which had prevented games in the past. Coprisystems also installed floodlights on the club’s outdoor courts which are similar to those used to illuminate the professional matches played at Wimbledon.
The club’s new developments will ensure that potential playing time will no longer be limited by shorter days in the winter and the infamous UK weather; which would even interrupt professional games at Wimbledon’s Centre Court before covers were installed. Originally, the tennis club did not have any coaches as year-round play was not a possibility. After installing the indoor courts the club has employed 5 excellent new coaches who run sessions for adults and tennis lessons for children. The indoor courts are perfect for children as they can use lighter weight tennis balls which would otherwise be affected by the wind. Bill from Peterborough TC has received excellent feedback from the players, commenting that everyone gets “a much better experience using the indoor facilities”.
The next year will be an exciting one for the City of Peterborough Tennis Club, they are hoping to increase their membership to 800 and plan on attracting more people by building two more domes with help from the LTA’s Transforming British Tennis Together initiative. Once the dome was installed membership shot up from 25 to 320 and new members are signing up almost every day to enjoy the facilities which have made tennis more accessible for everyone, whether they’re a casual player or a future world champion.