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Courts 5-7 update

12 March 2017 No Comment

Here is the latest news about re-surfacing courts 5-7 from Chairman Graham Webster.

I am writing to you to update you on what we are going to do regarding the re-surfacing of courts 5-7, which are the artificial grass courts in front of the club house. As you are probably aware our existing courts have been living off borrowed time for a couple of years now and we have tried to extend their life in recent times by cleaning and re-sanding the courts. However they do not play well enough in the wet and the bounce can be variable.

As a result the committee made the decision, a while ago, to look into what replacement surfaces were available and act accordingly. After extensive research we have decided to install an artificial surface called Advantage Greencourt, manufactured in Holland by a company called Edel and will be installed by Courtstall. It has the playing characteristics of a clay court, but with a number of benefits.

The main benefits are it drains very well, is playable even during the rain and the bounce is very even and true. It is a slower paced court, in contrast to our blue acrylic courts (1-4), is easy on the joints and will be the first green coloured artificial clay courts in Wales.

The red version has been around for a while and a number of members have played on the surface at the East Gloucester club in Cheltenham. It is also the surface used at Eton College.

The installation will take place in April and the courts will be available for the summer league season. As with all of this type of surface careful and regular sweeping is required in order to fully benefit from the surface. We will be writing at a later stage to explain what is required, but I can assure you it is not too onerous.

We have just learned that we will be receiving a 5 year interest free loan from the LTA for 50% of the cost, which will benefit our cash flow and allow us to retain some cash reserves.

Thank you

Graham Webster