Future tennis stars on the ball at Pippins Park

A fresh generation of tennis stars will now be able to practise their skills for free at Colnbrook’s Pippins Park, thanks to a £28,000 investment in a new tennis court.

The Mayor of Slough councillor Shafiq Chaudhry, officially opened the new facility on Saturday (September 13) before local youngsters from the surrounding area enjoyed a coaching session with tennis coach Mark Schofield.

Anyone for tennis – the new court at Pippins Park was officially opened on Sat. 13 Sept. (l-r) Gerald Pleace, from Slough Borough Council, Ray Angell, Colnbrook Community Partnership, and the Mayor of Slough councillor Shafiq Chaudhry.

Funding for the project was made possible thanks to The Colnbrook Community Partnership, which worked with partners Grundon Waste Management, Groundwork South and Slough Borough Council.

Colnbrook Community Partnership trustee, Mike Nye, said: “This is a truly remarkable facility for our community to have. The nearest public tennis court is some five miles away in Slough town, where court fees are applicable.

“There are other facilities closer, but they are private member clubs. This facility is open to all to use, no court fees, so hopefully this will encourage our children, youth and adults of Colnbrook and Poyle to become more active and maintain a good standard of fitness. Working with our partners to provide these improvements in our village is a testament to joint community initiatives working together.”

Neil Grundon, deputy chairman of Grundon, which provided the majority of the money through its Landfill Communities Fund, added: “We are delighted to have contributed towards such a worthwhile project. This fund is designed to support local communities and I hope that all generations will make best use of the courts to have fun and keep fit. Who knows, we may even have a future Wimbledon champion in our midst.”

The tennis court, located at the eastern end of the Colnbrook and Poyle ward, further expands the facilities at the multi-use games area built four years ago within Pippins Park.

Although Pippins Park is owned by Slough Borough Council, the partnership between the various organisations involved means the work has been able to go ahead without council funding being required.

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