Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club re-opened its gates this Monday 29th March as the covid restrictions begin to ease. Racket in hand, Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner took to the court to mark the milestone at the Wilberforce Road based not-for-profit club.
Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club is the largest tennis club in the county boasting 800 members from age 4 to 90. Members say they are keen to dust off their rackets and enjoy a few sets in the fresh air.
The club has been closed since the national lockdown was re-introduced. But now singles and doubles social play, one to one and group coaching, all has the green light.
Mr Zeichner met Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club Chair, Tim Arthur, to discuss the importance of the safe return of organised sport and physical activity as well as the immediate and significant future financial challenges for community grassroots sports, including the issue of VAT for amateur sports clubs, in the context of COVID-19.
Daniel Zeichner MP said: “I’m delighted that tennis is back. In many ways it is a naturally socially distanced sport. We all know that sport and exercise has huge benefits for our physical and mental health, and brings people and communities together. Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club has done a lot to raise the standard of tennis in here in Cambridge and open up the sport to many local people, whatever their ability, background, fitness or age. Lockdown has been tough for local sports clubs, but it’s certainly hasn’t been a case of Game, Set and Match for the virus, we’re fighting back!”