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Bedworth Sport Club receive funding to enhance courts at the Miners’ Welfare Park

Published on Thursday, 4th June 2020

Bedworth sports club tennis courts

Sport England have recently approved a Community Asset Fund bid from Bedworth Sports Club to renovate and resurface the netball and tennis courts at the Miners’ Welfare Park.

A steering group was formed at the start of 2019 with a vision to transform the area and attract new members, including groups and teams to the club.

With valuable input from Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Warwickshire County Council, Think Active and Warwickshire CAVA, the group has been able to assist Bedworth Sports Club in successfully achieving the funding to make this dream a reality.

Ivor Richards, Chair of Bedworth Sports Club said:

“Bedworth Sports Club are delighted that funding is now in place to complete re-development of Tennis and Netball courts in Miners’ Welfare Park. The club would like to thank Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Warwickshire County Council, and Sport England for their support of this project. Also thanks to all Local Councillors and Council Officers for their backing.

“This project further illustrates the successful partnership between both local authorities and the Sports Club and we look forward to welcoming Netball back into the park and the Town.”

Luke Freer, Partnership Manager at Think Active said:

“This project now has the required funding to make an enormous difference to the community of Bedworth. The partners involved have worked hard on this, giving the community of Bedworth more opportunities to be physically active. This is great success story that has provided a source of positivity during this difficult time.”

Along with the support from England Netball and the LTA (The Lawn Tennis Association), the courts will have several newly enhanced features which include: dual lines to allow both games to be played, floodlights and coded gate access so that people who have paid for court hire can let themselves in. There will also be free coaching sessions to encourage children and adults alike to try out the new courts.

Cllr Ian Lloyd - Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council's Portfolio holder for Arts and Leisure said:

“This is great news for Bedworth Sports Club, the funding will allow the resurfacing of the courts with the addition of some great new features. I would like to thank the work that the steering group has put in to achieve this funding. We hope that the new courts will provide the existing sports club members with an enhanced play performance as well as attracting new members in the process.”

Cllr Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council's Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health said:

"We're delighted funding is now in place to give the netball and tennis courts at the Miners’ Welfare Park a new lease of life. Once completed, they will enable more local people of all ages to enjoy games on these courts, giving a great boost to netball and tennis locally."