June 28, 2018 3.32 pm This story is over 64 months old

New indoor tennis dome for Lincoln village

New facilities for tennis lovers

A new three-court indoor tennis school will be built near Lincoln, housing the next generation of aspiring athletes.

The Lincoln Tennis Academy will be constructed in Dunholme, north of Lincoln, to replace two “ageing and barely used” courts.

The design is described as a three ply airdome from Poly-Slovakia, similar to those shown in the included photographs.

A floodlit dome structure will cover three new tarmacadam courts.

Three courts will replace the two ageing facilities.

There would be three new courts under the dome

Directors behind the scheme are players and coaches Nick Pratt, Ken Tunstall and Dave Williams, as well as local farmer Andrew Ottewell.

It’s been made possible through the support of Lincolnshire Tennis, the local club, which has made a £15,000 interest free loan for the facility over 10 years.

Agreements also include weekend court usage for county training over 15 years.

Nick Pratt said: “On behalf of the directors of the newly established Lincoln Tennis Academy, I want to formally thank Lincolnshire Tennis for their help, guidance and financial support.

“It is an exciting time for us now that work has started on the site in order to bring another indoor tennis facility to the north of Lincoln.

“This is a collaboration between Dunholme Parish Council and ourselves, to revive two fairly redundant tennis courts, completely refurbish them and add a third, and enclose with a substantial floodlit dome.

“The Parish Council are as enthusiastic as all the interested parties to make the club a

“We are grateful for the Lincolnshire Tennis involvement with the project so far, and we very much welcome working with them, the local residents and schools in the area to put the facility firmly on the map and encourage as many people as possible to enjoy our great game of tennis.”

John Copsey, Chairman of Lincolnshire Tennis, added: “This is a great opportunity for us to support the extra provision of indoor tennis courts in the Lincoln area and we’ll work hard with the directors to make it the success the vision deserves it to be.”

Progress of the work on site will be posted on the Facebook page here.