New courts at Witchford Village College to replace “unusable” facilities

WITCHFORD Village College is set to boost its sports offering by revamping its “unusable” tennis and netball facilities.

The specialist sports college has submitted plans to East Cambridgeshire District Council to resurface and reconfigure its courts, located near to its 3G all weather sports pitch.

The new courts would be offered to both students and local clubs and would be flood-lit to encourage play in the evenings. Funding for the project, which will run into thousands of pounds, has been granted by Sport England.

In consultation with council planners, the college said: “The development will bring the facilities up to a high standard by utilising Sport England’s Inspired Facilities funding that has been granted.

“The development will consist of reconfiguring the existing court layout which consists of markings for five macadam tennis courts and three netball courts.

“Currently the court areas that we propose to re-develop are unusable and dangerous, therefore in need of bringing up to standard.”

New heavy-duty fencing will replace the fragile chain-link fencing currently in use and the old grass tennis courts, which the college say are too difficult to maintain, will be scrapped and incorporated into the new courts, which will feature an all-weather surface.