SWANSEA University’s tennis club’s treasurer, James Fletcher, is hopeful new funding from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) will improve the club in years to come.
Having found the Sketty Lane tennis courts inadequate for their needs, they have also formed ties with the Swansea Tennis and Squash Club to allow them use of their courts.
“This year we were approached by the LTA about trying to boost participation in the social tennis area of the club.
“Our main aim this year was to improve the social side of tennis, and we managed to acquire a grant from them.
“The grant is for 6 weeks of free professional tennis training for all of our social members at the Swansea tennis club.”
With the training set to boost the overall abilities of club members, Fletcher also is happy to announce the Swansea tennis club membership discount they have managed to organise.
“Myself and Luke Boast [club captain] have set up a partnership with the club to now use their courts instead of the Sketty Lane courts.
“In the future the aim is to scrap the courts at Sketty and to use the club’s facilities as the social courts; in return we would manage their courts.
“We have also managed to get membership costs there for students down from £70 for the year to £30.”
Fletcher is still critical of the funding he has managed to organise, with fees of renting courts still an issue for team members.
“At the moment our funding from the AU doesn’t cover team training and transport, and the funding we got from the LTA we spent on social tennis.
“Considering both our mens’ teams are pushing for promotion we train very little as we have to pay for courts and transport to and from the indoor tennis centre.
“The seconds train three times a week, and the firsts train five times.
“So until the issues with courts are sorted out I’m not so sure what will happen.”