This story was published 2 January 2018

A tennis club helped out by money from the locality budget of North Yorkshire County Councillor Andy Solloway has gone from strength to strength and landed a prestigious award.

The locality budget allowed the centre to repaint and resurface some of the old courts at Sandylands Sports Centre

In 2016, Cllr Solloway recommended that £1,000 from his budget went to Skipton Tennis Centre towards the resurfacing of the courts. Locality budgets allow the 72 county councillors to respond to local needs and requests by recommending funding of up to £5,000 to support projects or activities that benefit the communities they represent.

Now the tennis centre has been awarded the prestigious Lawn Tennis Association club of the year award for Yorkshire based on:

  • community work;
  • the club’s coaching programme;
  • communication with users; and
  • creative ideas to grow the sport.

It also means that the centre now represents the county at the regional awards which will be presented at Wimbledon next summer.

Adam Cox of Skipton Tennis Centre said: “I would like to take the opportunity and thank everyone who has supported us, believed in us and allowed the club to grow. We are all very excited about this award and there is a fantastic buzz at the tennis centre.’’

Cllr Solloway said: “A couple of years ago some of my locality budget allowed the centre to repaint and resurface some of the old courts at Sandylands Sports Centre in Skipton. I am pleased to say that since then this club has gone from strength to strength and they recently won the Yorkshire club of the year for the first time, beating long established rivals and are now in line for the national award from the LTA. The tennis centre has done a lot of hard work to get this prize.’’