Achievements to date
Chilham Tennis Club was formed in 1972 and is a member club of Chilham Parish Recreation Ground Trust. It is situated in Branch Road, Chilham and has two floodlit hardcourts providing tennis all year round for all ages and abilities.
The club is run by volunteers and has the cheapest membership subscriptions in the area. It aims to provide a well maintained tennis facility that is (1) affordable to all and maintained entirely through membership subscriptions, fund raising and grant applications; (2) offers coaching through a qualified coach and competitive tennis in local leagues; and (3) promotes junior tennis and provides social tournaments and non-tennis social events.
In 2017, the club developed contacts with two local primary schools (in Chilham and Selling) and offered two free ten-week coaching courses with our level 3 qualified coach. One course was for 5 to 8 year olds, the other for 9 to 11 year olds. 22 children participated from the two schools. We provided an opportunity for these children to try out tennis and gain enough basic skills to be able to enjoy the sport and provide encouragement to continue playing. This course was jointly funded by Chilham Parish Council and Kent Sport.
Following its success in 2017, the club is repeating the coaching in 2018. 38 pupils from Chilham and Selling primary schools have applied. This year, to cater for the increased numbers, there will be two 4 week courses for the YR Y1 and Y2 age group and two 4 week courses for the Y3 Y4 Y5 and Y6 age group.
The club has obtained part funding from Chilham Parish Council and Kent Trust for Youth Sport and the shortfall will be made up by charging participants £5 for a 4 week course.
The club will continue to look for grant funding to cover the cost of the project in future years, but will reduce the funding required now the course has become established by introducing a nominal fee to participants.
The club intends to make this an annual project as part of its Club Development Plan objective to encourage new members and continue to develop the links it has built with local schools.
This annual project will complement the annual open day run by the club as part of the Great British Tennis Weekend and the LTA Tennis for Kids (Davis Cup Legacy) tennis courses. The club also offers each school free use of its courts for two hours on a weekday afternoon during the summer term.
More information about the club can be found here.
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