Southbank Lawn Tennis Club is a small family-orientated tennis club in Southport, which consists of five artificial grass courts and a club house situated on the Holy Trinity Sports Ground – known as the Rookery – which is shared with football and cricket teams.
In 2016, the club celebrated the 120th anniversary of its formation, with membership figures standing at 69 ahead of Exclusive Leisure Limited working with the club in the installation of floodlighting on the two main courts; something that the club had been working towards for a number of years and achieved thanks to the assistance of an LTA loan, which was approved in October 2016.
Since the installation of floodlighting at Southbank Lawn Tennis Club, membership numbers have increased, court usage is on the up and the visual impact it has had upon the Holy Trinity Sports Ground has been described as ‘stunning’. As a result of the floodlight installation, the club has now extended its midweek coaching sessions throughout the winter months.
Installation commenced in mid-August 2016, so that the groundwork could be completed ahead of the nearby football team’s season getting underway. The columns and lights were erected over the course of four days, with electricians completing the work in early September.
Nigel Wickham, Match Secretary at Southbank Lawn Tennis Club, was full of praise for the work of Exclusive Leisure Limited.
“Staff at Exclusive Leisure have all been very supportive, offering advice and guidance throughout the process. The initial visit to the club by Steve Percy in the summer of 2015 was informative and very positive. He answered all our questions, listened carefully to our needs, explained how the installation would work and how Exclusive Leisure would be able to help with the planning application.
“Everyone at the club was delighted with the work done by Les and his colleagues during the four-day installation. When Les completed the initial part of the job, he ensured that the groundwork had been restored and everything back in place. It was great that the installation process did not prevent the courts from being used as normal, and members were very complimentary about the amount of skill and competence shown throughout the four days.
“Exclusive Leisure were positive and helpful at all times. We would particularly like to thank Steve, Les and Rob for their support. We also appreciated the good humour and friendly approach shown at all times by all the staff we came into contact with.
“We would unreservedly recommend Exclusive Leisure to anybody requiring their services. In fact, we have already recommended them to the Holy Trinity Sports Ground committee, as they have put in a Lottery bid to enhance their facilities. We will also be looking to seek a quote to refurbish our tennis courts. We have been very impressed and delighted with all the work done for us by Exclusive Leisure.”
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