Tennis club set to be transformed

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n upgrade costing about $250,000 is set to transform the Clyde Tennis Club.
Club spokesman Mike Cook said the 141-year-old club would be re-created from the ground up, with new artificial turf, full-length nets and an environmentally friendly LED lighting system.
Changes in society, varied working hours and weekend work were all factors in the decision to add night-time lighting, he said.
This would extend playing times into the evening and enable people to schedule games to suit their schedules.
The courts would also be used for hockey and young people had limited daylight hours after school, particularly in winter, he said.
‘‘So it means they can practise on a Monday at seven o’clock, or whenever suits them,’’ he said.
Light spill from the complex had been anticipated and the lighting would be focused on the playing surface.
‘‘Our poles will be 10 metres up, so the lights are straight down on the courts pretty much — there is very little spill.’’
‘‘The light is very well contained within the design.’’
Funding from the Central Lakes Trust, Otago Community Trust and the Central Otago District Council, plus the tennis club’s own fundraising over the last five years, had raised most of the money needed, but a final $21,000 was needed to complete the project.
A Givealittle page had been set up which so far had raised $1275.
‘‘It is a pretty cool project that is great for the area, and great for the community,’’ Mr Cook said.
Work on the upgrade was expected to begin within the next two months and be completed before the end of the year, he said.