Hingham tennis courts are opened up to the delight of villagers

Youngsters on the court at the new Hingham tennis facility

Youngsters on the court at the new Hingham tennis facility - Credit: Archant

It's been three years in the making, and now the dream of a state-of-the-art tennis centre in the village of Hingham is finally a reality.

From left, Simon Underhill, Emily Cary and Lindsey Read - the three people who created Hingham Tenni

From left, Simon Underhill, Emily Cary and Lindsey Read - the three people who created Hingham Tennis - Credit: Archant

About 50 people were at a launch celebration and barbecue at the new courts at Hingham Sports Centre in Springfield Way on Friday.

Hingham Playing Fields Association chair Alison Lys cut a ribbon to mark the new centre, which cost £86,000 - £75,000 of which came from a Sport England Grant.

Alison Lys, chairman of the Hingham Playing Fields Association, said she was delighted with the new facility, which consists of two tennis courts and a club room called the Tennis Hut.

She said: 'It's a wonderful example of bringing a whole new group of users to this space.

'It has involved us all.

'What's been so exciting for the committee has been this new enthusiasm and willingness to engage.'

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Lindsey Read, Simon Underhill and Emily Cary founded Hingham Tennis.

Mr Underhill said he was thrilled with the new facility, and said it would give more people the opportunity to get involved in sport.

He said the courts could be used by everyone.

Mr Underhill said: 'We've got a pay-and-play option as well.

'It's not a municipal facility, but it's not a private members club either, so it's open for all of the community to use.'

The new courts are surfaced with non-slip porous substance and are floodlit. They replaced earlier derelict hard-surface courts.

Visit clubspark.lta.org.uk/HinghamTennis

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