Fernhurst Tennis Club - ABOUT THE CLUB

ABOUT THE CLUB
ABOUT FERNHURST TENNIS CLUB

Fernhurst Tennis Club was set up in 2009 to manage the serious fund-raising operation underway to finance the construction of three courts, seeking finance from both private and public sources.  The project was completed in 2010 and the Club is now fully operational with a thriving membership, a busy social programme and teams competing, with various degrees of success, in the East Hampshire League.

There is no requirement to be a member in order to use the courts, and a key can be obtained from the Village Newsagents in return for a fee, currently £5 per hour.  Membership, however, offers  a lot of benefits: unlimited free play for the duration of the membership year, access to coaching, tournaments and social events, the opportunity to play in competitive matches, and the chance to enter the club ballot for WIMBLEDON TICKETS

The Club is a major constituent of Fernhurst Recreation Ground alonside the Football, Cricket and Stoolball sections.  The courts are situated behind the pavilion, which itself is behind the Red Lion pub, Post Code GU27 3HY  Alternatively click on Location on left-hand menu.

If you want to see the Club Constitution click on Fernhurst Tennis Club Constitution.doc
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TENNIS CLUB
 
HISTORY OF THE CLUB

HISTORY of the CLUB

Fernhurst Tennis Club was founded in September 2009.

There have been many tennis players in Fernhurst using private courts or those of the business, ICI / AstraZeneca / Syngenta that had a major presence in the village from 1947 until 2001.

 

2001

 

Syngenta closed its offices in the village, selling the property that the tennis courts were on.

2004

 

Fernhurst Recreation Ground Trust began a project to develop and improve the sporting and leisure facilities provided at the recreation ground. 

2006

 

Various proposals were developed and discussed with funding bodies, councils and other interested parties.

2007 

 

Changes were made to the relationship between Fernhurst Recreation Ground Trust and the existing and future sports clubs to meet the expectations of various funding bodies. 

2008

 

The changes to be made at the recreation ground were agreed along with a plan of how to achieve them.

2009

 

Planning permission for the tennis courts was granted. 

Chichester District Council awarded the Trust £38,000 for the building of the tennis courts.
Tennis club formally established.
Fundraising starts.

2010 

 

Fundraising finishes with money raised through grants from Chichester District Council, Fernhurst Parish Council, Sussex Lawn Tennis Association and fund raising events but chiefly through private donations from many generous villagers.

Contractor engaged to build courts.

Courts opened