Sport in Desford
Sport enthusiasts in Desford and the surrounding areas will be glad to learn that local amenities are continuing to improve thanks to the efforts of Sport in Desford, a designated charity that is challenged with providing reasonably priced sporting and recreational facilities, geared towards raising participation in the area
The latest beneficiaries will be those interested in racket sports; most notably tennis and squash.
Thanks to a £14,000 donation from local construction firm Mick George Ltd, the major funders for the project, significant upgrades have been made to the playing surfaces of the existing two courts, as well as a complete refurbishment of the changing room facilities.
The two small gender specific changing rooms that date back to 1992 have been combined in to a single changing room, introducing a brand-new heating system and generally making it a much more inviting space. On the infrequent occasion where mixed-use is required, there is already suitable space allocated.
Externally, the macadam surface which was installed in 2011 has been given a striking treatment which features the traditional ‘Wimbledon’ purple and green colours and will prolong the use of the courts for up to 5 years, courtesy of the acrylic binder which provides additional strength.
Already offering more than 210 members of varying abilities superb tennis and squash facilities, the Club is hoping that the recent enhancements will continue to attract more players.
The changes aren’t due to stop there either. Progress is already being made on two new flood lit sport courts for tennis, futsal and netball, as well as 55 car park spaces.
Jim Houghton, of Sport in Desford said: ‘’We now have a modern facility that better serves users and matches the high standards that we strive to achieve. We’re grateful to Mick George Ltd for their contribution.’’
Jon Stump, Joint CEO at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’Since opening our two Leicestershire facilities, our services are gradually becoming more established in the area. As we have in our other operating areas, we’re keen to build a fantastic relationship with the local community and I’m sure the projects that we’ve been involved with such as this one, will help do exactly that.
The results look excellent and I’m sure all users will enjoy for quite some time.’’