Henley Tennis Club’s Olympic Legacy
The new clubhouse at Henley Tennis Club, Tilebarn Close was officially opened yesterday by the Mayor, Stefan Gawrysiak. This was the first ribbon cutting for the Mayor and he was helped by junior club member, Monty Heath.
The new clubhouse which was built mainly by club member Peter Hanley with a bit of help from others was made possible by a £50K Olympic Legacy grant from Sport England and £40K from the tennis club’s own fundraising initiatives.
Henley Tennis Club which was homeless 10 years ago are very grateful to the then Henley Town Councillors; Chris Pye and the late Terry Buckett who championed their cause and got agreement for the grounds to be rented from Henley College. The Mayor thanked Sue Bishop, Financial Director at Henley College for her help and support of the tennis club over the years. The club with its new clubhouse, five full-size and a new ‘orange grade’ mini tennis court makes the facilities there now excellent.
Tony Rudelhoff, Chairman of Henley Tennis Club said, “Our new facilities are a great Olympic legacy – they’ll give more children the opportunity to get into sport.”
In the new clubhouse yesterday there was an interesting display of old tennis memorabilia, racquets and photos and after the official ceremony a family tennis tournament was being held at the club.
For more details about the club go to www.henleytennisclub.co.uk/