Leisure centre nets funding

Pingles Leisure Centre, which is operated by Everyone Active in partnership with Nuneaton and Bedworth Council, has received £46,000 investment to redevelop the existing tennis courts to allow more opportunities for people across the town to become more active.

The funding has been provided by Sport England, Everyone Active and Nuneaton and Bedworth Council, following a consultation with a number of local schools and clubs. The consultation process highlighted that there was a lack of quality winter training facilities for netball and tennis across the town.

The centre will benefit from three England Netball standard courts and three Lawn Tennis Association accredited tennis courts. This will allow both sports to be played all year round. The new netball courts are being made available in early January, with the three tennis courts being available for early spring.

A number of local primary and secondary schools are now able to host regular netball training sessions and competitions at the centre which is being supported by Nuneaton Tennis Club.

Adele Glenn, Everyone Active’s general manager, said: “Our main objective at the centre is to encourage people across the town to lead healthier more active lifestyles and I am delighted that we are able to open three new county level netball and tennis courts at Pingles Leisure Centre.

“Netball is a fantastic sport that provides an opportunity for women and children across Nuneaton and Bedworth to improve their health and wellbeing and meet new friends along the way.”

Ian Lloyd, Cabinet Member for Arts and Culture said, “This is another superb partnership project delivering great facilities for residents of the Borough. I am really pleased that we are now available to offer County-standard facilities for netball at the Pingles and keen to attract local clubs to use this facility as their home ground. Encouraging physical activity for all residents is a key objective for the Borough in assisting with health and well-being”.