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OUR HISTORY 1986 - DATE

1986 Club is located at the local Sportscentre and is operating with minimal rented court time.  A decision is made to find an independent site for the Club with the vision of a club being a key partner in a Total Tennis Strategy for Harlow. Negotiations are started with Harlow Council and the Latton Bush site is identified.  The Club has 6.00 in its bank account.

1988 Harlow Council leases land at the Latton Bush Centre to the Club at peppercorn rent for the term of 30 years. November 1988 Harlow Lawn Tennis Club relocates to the Latton Bush Centre.  Facilities are 4 Floodlit Macadam Courts.  The Club procures grants form the Local Authority and Eastern Region Sports Council, and Club Members act as guarantors to an interest free LTA loan.  The Club continues to grow and adjacent facilities for Clubhouse and toilet usage are rented.  Two additional courts are built to cater for increased demand.

1993 Nationally significant Schools Outreach Programme is started by the Club.  30 local Primary Schools are covered in the initial year and in excess of 6000 local school children receive Tennis Taster Sessions. Increased membership makes the provision of a Clubhouse a top priority.

1995 Clubhouse building project is undertaken and opens in November 1995

1996-7 Club becomes the first Community Tennis Partnership in Essex, Partners are The Club, The LTA, Harlow District Council, Mark Hall Senior School and Fawbert & Barnard Primary School. It becomes increasingly clear that Indoor Facilities are required if the Club is to deliver its goal for a Total Tennis Strategy for Harlow.  The Club successfully gains Outline Planning Permission for Indoor Tennis.

1998-2001 The Indoor Project is worked up as the Club deals with Planning and Funding issues.  A main Steering Committee is appointed by the Main Committee.

2002 The Club is granted Lawn Tennis Association Priority Project Status, the Club discusses with the Essex County LTA regarding becoming a County Performance Centre. Club gains Full Planning Permission for Indoor Tennis Courts.

2003  Club Steering Committee completes final details of Funding Applications to Sport England and The Foundation for Sports & Arts.

2004  Club is awarded a then record grant of £898,000 towards the cost of providing four Indoor Courts and reinstating four Outdoor Floodlit Courts

2005  Club agrees a new lease in partnership with Harlow Council

2006-7  Four new outdoor floodlit courts are constructed

February 2008  Work begins on the Indoor Courts

January 2009  Indoor Courts are completed

May 2009  Indoor Courts are officially opened by Greg Rusedski

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 January 2010 13:07