On 22nd October, Musters Tennis Club in West Bridgford officially opened and celebrated their new portable floodlighting for their outdoor courts which will allow evening tennis sessions to take place throughout the year after dark.
Pictured above from left to right: Councillor Penny Gowland, President of the tennis club Jane Rudge, Longest serving member of Musters Tennis Club Tony Sanders, and Councillor Jenny Murray.
Editor Dani from the Local News attended a special ribbon cutting ceremony where the new lights were unveiled. The event was attended by many members of the club along with Councillor Penny Gowland and Councillor Jenny Murray.
Six new floodlights have been purchased for the courts with funding help from Penny Gowland from Nottingham County Council and support from Councillors Jenny Murray and Bal Bansal and Musters Sports & Social Club.
Nick, the club coach said, “For our club this is quite a big change in our 99-year history. This will take our club in the new direction and benefit all our members of all ages, to enable them to play tennis all year round in the evenings.”
Musters Tennis Club began as a way to keep the local kids out of trouble. Back in 1923, the members of the West Bridgford Bowling Club, which first opened in 1904, agreed to build four grass courts on site so their children, young and not so young, could play tennis. Nearly 100 years on, and Musters Tennis Club is still a place where generations of families come to play bowls and tennis, and occasionally both.
During the last 100 years, there have been a few updates including all weather astro courts instead of grass and a newly refurbished clubhouse. The club also offers women’s, men’s and mixed tennis teams.
Musters Tennis Club would like to say a thank you to everyone involved and a very special thanks to Richard Hodgkins who has dramatically helped to grow the junior membership programme. In just one year, the numbers of juniors in the programme have gone from 15 to a whopping 96 members, with room for a few more.
Musters Tennis Club have a junior coaching programme that take place on the weekends for 4 – 16 year-olds. If you would like to enquire more about joining, please email: [email protected] or visit www.musterstennisclub.co.uk.