Monday 26 August 2019

Game, set and match as Swords Tennis Club opens new clubhouse

Swords Streets

Stephen Gervin (Chair of Swords Tennis Club) and Tara Congden (Tennis Ireland) at the official opening of the club’s new clubhouse
Stephen Gervin (Chair of Swords Tennis Club) and Tara Congden (Tennis Ireland) at the official opening of the club’s new clubhouse

It was game, set and match for Swords Tennis Club recently, as the premier club unveiled its brand new clubhouse, courtesy of Fingal County Council.

Swords Tennis Club, situated on Swords Castle Grounds, were delighted with their much needed upgrade, the previous clubhouse having fallen into a state of disrepair.

Club Chairman Stephen Gervin explained:

'We got a Sports Capital Grant through Fingal County Council; because we're in council grounds we're kind of hamstrung as to what we can and can't do, so any kind of major investment has to go through them.

'The one we had was falling down, we'd now showers, it'd been there for over twenty years and really it was past its shelf life.'

He said: 'There's extras we've done since we've got it, and that was all paid for by the club themselves. We've put in our own kitchen, and storage space inside it, we've had to kind of kit it out ourselves which was paid for by the club.'

Stephen said Swords Tennis Club is 'eternally grateful' to Fingal County Council for the €60,000 clubhouse, which will at last be in keeping with the top-ranking club.

He said: 'The new club is bigger, the social area is bigger, we have three full-length windows now, so we can actually sit inside on a cold day and watch the matches.

'There's an electronic roller shutter, we now have two men's showers and two ladies' showers which we didn't have before, and we've got two extra toilets as well.'

Stephen gave special mention to Fianna Fáil councillor Darragh Butler, who officiated at the opening of the clubhouse, and who has 'always been there' for the club over the years when it needed any assistance.

Swords Tennis club, first set up in 1983, now boasts 190 members between ladies, men and children and holds a number of leagues throughout the year.

Camps are also held for children in the summer and winter months, as well as during holiday breaks.

The club's men's team won a summer league in July, a winter league in January, with the ladies also proving very successful over the past couple of years.

Now with Tiger Turf Courts and new fencing, the club hopes to install flood lights in the coming months.

With Swords Tennis Club now looking towards planning an open next year and with its winning teams, it continues to maintain a level of excellence to rival any other club.

Fingal Independent