Tennis club now serving up pickleball thanks to Charnwood Community Grant

Published: Tue 28th November, 2023

  • Cllr Liz Blackshaw, the Council's lead member for communities and neighbourhoods, Andrew Doodson, senior sports development officer and Louise Kingham, business support admin grants with member from Sileby Tennis Club

A local tennis club has been awarded £1,300 through Charnwood Community Grants to promote and run pickleball classes.

Sileby Tennis and Pickleball Club has recently converted a tennis court into three pickleball courts and has been promoting the game to residents across Charnwood. 

The borough council has provided community grants to 12 different projects totalling to around £60,000 in its latest round of funding.

Pickleball is a paddle sport which can be played in both singles and doubles and is a mixture of tennis, table tennis and badminton. The sport is seen as being inclusive for all ages.

Cllr Liz Blackshaw, the Council’s lead member for communities and neighbourhoods, said: “I am really pleased to see how this project is going and to see the pickleball courts and sessions prove so popular.

“When visiting the tennis club, it was clear to see how much it is enjoyed by members of the community and how accessible and inclusive it is. I even enjoyed a game myself! 

“We are determined to support community groups through our Charnwood Community Grants scheme which can provide vital funding for projects. I encourage groups and projects to have a look at applying for a grant.”

Sileby Tennis and Pickleball Club currently sees around 40 people using the pickleball courts each week with sessions running on Sunday mornings, Monday mornings and Friday afternoons.

Chairperson of Sileby Tennis Club, Nigel Peckover said: “We are proud to be promoting pickleball to the residents of Charnwood and it is great to see the fantastic reaction to the game.

“Charnwood Community Grants have helped us promote and run sessions for pickleball and the grants are a great way for projects to receive vital funding.”

The £1,300 community grant was used towards promoting the game as well as putting on two open days at Sileby Tennis Club and running sessions at Soar Valley Leisure Centre during the winter.

You can find out more details about Sileby Tennis Club and their pickleball courts on their website. 

The Council offers a wide range of community grants to voluntary and community sector organisations across Charnwood.

You can find out more about the Charnwood Community Grants which are on offer by visiting our webpage.