By Angela Lewis
Llanelli Tennis and Squash Club (LTSC) is opening its courts to non-members for the first time in over 100 years.
The newly renovated club, located off Denham Avenue, has a new ‘smart access’ scheme as part of the Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) plans to develop tennis as a sport for all.
With Wimbledon getting underway – arguably one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world – now is the perfect time to not simply watch the action unfold on TV but to swap the remote for a tennis racket.
LTSC committee chairman, Mark Westcott said: “With the clubhouse refurbishment and resurfaced tennis courts we are keen to encourage more people to use the facilities.”
The ‘smart access’ initiative from the LTA gives non-members access to play tennis whenever the courts are available.
In order to access the facilities, players will first need to sign up online with ClubSpark which is partnered with LTA registered venues.
Then visit the LTSC website at www.llanellitsc.org and click on the ‘pay and play’ tab and follow the instructions to make a court booking.
Alternatively visit the LTA website at www.lta.org.uk and click on the ‘play’ tab, followed by ‘book a court’ and enter the Llanelli postcode of SA15, which will then allow the LTSC to be selected as the chosen club.
LTSC was established in 1908 and has produced many tennis and squash players over the decades with adult and junior membership growing every year.
The club also has the option of family membership.
There are six hard courts, four of which are floodlit and all of which can be accessed through the ‘smart access’ scheme.
The three squash courts are in the process of being incorporated into the scheme and will be available at a later date.
Those wishing to develop their skills can take advantage of the two in-house squash coaches and four tennis coaches.
For a more competitive edge and for those ready to become a member, the club has men, ladies and junior teams that play in designated leagues throughout the year, or simply join up for the pleasure of playing.
The club is part of Llanelli Athletic Association, which includes Llanelli Cricket Club, Llanelli Wanderers RFC and Furnace RFC, land that was formerly part of Stradey Estates.
More information is available on the club’s Facebook page which can be found by searching ‘Llanelli Tennis and Squash Club’.
For budding tennis youngsters there is also a dedicated Facebook page which can be found at ‘Tennis Smashers at Llanelli’.
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