The Tennis Foundation has awarded Exmouth Tennis and Leisure Centre full ‘beacon’ status, in recognition of its high-quality, affordable community tennis programmes.
Exmouth Tennis and Leisure Centre was selected by the Tennis Foundation for the accolade along with 39 other beacon sites across the country. It is one of the first community sites to achieve the status, which recognises the work of the community-focused facilities.
Sue Mappin, executive director of the Tennis Foundation, said: “We were delighted to recognise the excellent work the centre is already doing by awarding them beacon status. To grow participation we need more quality public tennis facilities like this, offering the local community a fun, affordable tennis experience all year round. The Tennis Foundation is working in partnership with the town to develop community tennis, as part of its ongoing drive to enhance tennis opportunities.”
To become a beacon site, all facilities must offer access to free tennis, plus quality, affordable coaching and regular competitions for all ages and abilities. Exmouth Tennis and Leisure Centre is situated close to Exmouth Community College, and offers six fantastic indoor tennis courts (four carpet and two acrylic), throughout the year.
Jo Louis, manager of the centre told the Devon Week: “We’re really excited about being granted Beacon Status, and hope that this award will help us raise enough funding to re-develop the outdoor tennis courts at Phear Park. It’s great news for the people of Exmouth and the surrounding area, as we have some exciting plans which will enable us to provide bigger and better programmes both indoors and outdoors throughout the year.”