Norwich set to get �250k tennis centre

A �250,000 tennis centre is to be built in a Norwich park, with council bosses hoping the project will be awarded beacon status for supporting the sport.

Norwich City Council will pump �125,000 into the centre at Eaton Park, with the Lawn Tennis Association matching it with the same sum.

It will be built on a patch of land close to the cafe, where grass courts used to be. The centre will include four hard surface, all weather, tennis courts, which will be floodlit and available at night.

The council hopes the project will be up and running next spring and are optimistic the project will be awarded beacon status by The Tennis Foundation and Lawn Tennis Association.

To qualify for that status, sites have to be committed to providing affordable tennis for all and to offer and promote free tennis.

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The scheme secured planning permission at a meeting of the city council in May and work to build it is due to start within the next month.

Deborah Gihawi, cabinet member for parks and open spaces at Norwich City Council, said she was pleased the Olympic year would be marked with such a boost for sport in the city.

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She said: 'I am tremendously excited about this scheme. Since I have been the portfolio holder for parks and open spaces I have been flabbergasted by the tremendous interest in tennis in Norwich. 'It's not just in the areas where you might expect people to be into it, but across the board, and across all ages.

'To have four new tennis courts which will be floodlit so they can be used at night is fantastic.'

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