Killaloe tennis club investments €740,000 in facility

Killaloe tennis club will add two more courts and cover one court permanently. The club has secured planning permission as well as raising a massive €480,00 through fundraising, grants, club funds and donations.

Killaloe tennis club will add two more courts and cover one court permanently. The club has secured planning permission as well as raising a massive €480,00 through fundraising, grants, club funds and donations.
The club with about 250 members currently has four tennis courts and this will be increased by another two courts that will be under cover. Once the renovations of the facility has been complete, Killaloe tennis club will have the only permanent covered structure in the country outside Dublin.
The club’s development committee has been preparing a long-term development programme for over seven years. Although planning permission was granted in February 2018 to cover two of the existing courts, members agreed to seek planning permission for two covered courts to be constructed below the existing courts in Bane Field, subject to financial viability at the 2018 annual general meeting. Last October, Clare County Council granted planning permission for the revised plan. This included permission to construct new and updated club infrastructure by constructing two championship grade tennis courts and associated retaining walls, fencing and high grade tennis court lighting to include proprietary fixed cover structure/ system with removable sides for summer; to permanently cover proposed tennis courts for indoor play; one mini practice court, practice wall and associated walls/structures and fencing; new club house, court viewing areas and associated canopes subject to five planning conditions.
Under phase one, it is estimated that the reparation of the ground work, erecting the covered structure and completion of the foundation for the two indoor courts will cost €530,000.
In the second phase, laying of the artificial grass surface for the new courts, flood lighting, ventilation, fencing, footpath surfacing and landscaping is estimated to cost €210,000 while the
junior mini-court and practice wall will be built in phase three.
To date, over €280,000 in grants and external donations has been raised.
When combined with club funds, the club currently has €480,000 of the required funds for phase one in place but needs to conduct fundraising to make up the shortfall. Work is already underway for grant applications to facilitate completion of phase two of the project. At this point in time, the development committee has acquired considerable experience in grant applications and is confident that additional grants can be secured for phase two.
It is expected that work on the first phase of this ambitious development will get underway over the coming months depending on how much Covid-19 restrictions impact finalising plans and the construction phase.

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