URMSTON Tennis Club has received a major cash boost - with a grant of nearly £50,000 from the STA Trust.

The money will be used to refurbish three dilapidated tarmac courts with an improved all-weather surface.

The club has also received a £10,000 cash injection from Trafford Housing Trust which will be used to provide a lasting, all year round playing surface. The money will also boost security at the courts by providing new, secure fencing.

Chris Ryan, Urmston Tennis Club chairman, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this funding which will enable us to provide three new all-weather courts for our tennis community. Our club has been going from strength to strength and this means we will now be able to provide better quality facilities and encourage more people to take up tennis and join us. Work begins on 28th July so we look forward to being able to play on our new surface imminently.”

Urmston Tennis Club on Moorside Road in Urmston, which was established in 1904 and faced closure only 6 years ago, has turned around its fortunes with rising membership numbers but was lacking facilities to match. The club applied for funding from the SITA Trust because the three tarmac courts had badly deteriorated and needed replacing so that they could continue to be enjoyed by both club players and a variety of community groups.

Marek Gordon CEO and Chairman of SITA Trust added “We are delighted to have been able to support this project through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.2 billion.”

SITA Trust provides funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. Funding is available for projects that enhance communities and enrich nature.