NEW Artificial Clay courts for the club...
We are pleased to announce that the club will proceed with a £49,000 project to install two artificial clay courts in April this year.
Courts 4&5 have been scheduled for resurfacing for a few years now and following an extensive period of research where various committee members, club players and coaches have play tested different artificial clay surfaces, the club has decided to proceed with resurfacing in the LANO Grand Clay surface.
Why Artificial Clay
Artificial Clay courts are a fairly recent introduction to the tennis court surfaces market in the UK and where they have been installed, they have been very well received by all members in their respective clubs. There are different brands of artificial clay courts but Lano Grand Clay is recognised as the top of the range and it was certainly the preferred surface from our "testers".
It was installed at Torquay and Surbiton tennis clubs and the feedback from them has been all positive.The experience at Torquay, where the courts have been down for three years now, is that members now prefer the artificial clay rather than the traditional artificial grass courts and they are always the first courts to be booked. Surbiton have also reported that the new courts are very popular with all sections of the club.
The LANO Grand Clay surface is actually a sand filled carpet, similar in some ways to the artificial grass courts. However the much better quality mono filament pile of the carpet combined with the special red sand which is infilled above the carpet so that the fibres are completely covered, ensures a medium paced bounce and playing characteristics similar to clay courts. The fact that the sand is infilled above the carpet fibres also ensures improved longevity and consistency for the courts as well as improved drainage. And most importantly for members who find the hard courts too wearing on the joints, the surface, like artificial grass, is very soft on the feet.
So it is a surface that is...
- soft on the joints and proven to be popular with older members
- medium pace and great for stroke development - popular with juniors
- playable in all weather conditions
- offers great drainage and low maintenance
.....a win win situation all round!
Thanks to the Hants & IOW LTA, we are able to spread the cost of the court surfacing over the next five years. They have shown their support of the club by providing a grant of £7,000 as well as an interest free loan of £30,000 towards the project. The balance of the cost of the project will be met by the club. Thanks to their support we will be the first club in Hampshire to have the artificial clay court surface and we are sure that all our members will find them to be a great addition to the club.
The installation is scheduled to start on 2nd April and we aim to open the new courts at our start of the summer season "special club night" on Friday 26 April