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Tennis Membership seeks permission for dome construction

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A mock up of what the proposed air-dome will appear to be.

Athlone Tennis Membership is in search of planning permission for the Midlands first purpose-built dome to cater to tennis gamers all 12 months lengthy.

The membership has utilized for planning permission for the event of an air-dome to cowl three courts beforehand permitted together with a apply wall at Ballymahon Highway, Cloghanboy, Athlone.

Commenting on the brand new developments, Vice Chairperson of Athlone Tennis Membership Oliver McGrath stated: “Topic to funding and planning it (the dome) will open up tennis as a facility twelve months of the 12 months. Leinster Tennis is supporting the planning software and they might see it being a regional middle for Leinster tennis.”

In accordance with Mr McGrath, the brand new dome will appeal to colleges and faculties to the superb amenities in Athlone and it’ll assist tennis gamers who won’t should combat the weather as is usually the case through the winter interval.

The Vice Chairperson continued: “It’ll open up an enormous quantity of alternatives. It might be used for different multi-sports use. It’s going to appeal to individuals to the sport.”

The event is at the moment at Section 1b because the membership seeks planning permission and funding to construct the proposed dome. Section 1a of the undertaking has already been accomplished which included three new courts, three mini kids’s hardcourt tennis courts, LED floodlights, new synthetic clay enjoying floor and a modular clubhouse.

The brand new facility is now constructed with all companies on web site. The event price of section 1a is within the area of €500,000.

All members of Athlone Tennis Membership had been invited to view the brand new LED lights which had been not too long ago linked. An data night to replace members on the progress of the event can even happen in December.

The native tennis membership can be working with St Hilda’s to introduce classes for particular wants individuals and to implement a social inclusion programme.

“That is unbelievable for the Midlands. It’ll herald different sports activities gamers from across the nation. It’ll improve memberships and other people coming to play within the Midlands. We’re in a superb place. For a small membership we have punched over our weight,” added Mr McGrath.

“It’s going to be an enormous addition to the sports activities infrastructure of the Midlands. An enormous quantity has been finished however there’s an enormous quantity left to do. It is a neighborhood undertaking that can profit everybody in Athlone,” stated the Vice Chairperson of Athlone Tennis Membership.

“The dome will appeal to individuals who by no means considered enjoying tennis earlier than. Our new venue is in a unbelievable location,” concluded Mr McGrath. The entire improvement undertaking together with the proposed dome will price within the area of €650,000.” The dome planning software was lodged in October and the planning authority is because of decide on the dome and apply wall by Thursday, December 1. On November 21 final, the membership bought the inexperienced mild to maneuver ahead with a proposed clubhouse, which is a modular constructing.Modular sports activities membership homes are designed with warmth retention in thoughts, utilizing specifically engineered supplies and structural methods which might be pre-insulated.

If the planning software is authorised for the dome, it can permit the tennis membership to use for the required funding to construct Section 1b. Sports activities Capital Funding is because of open up for funding in early 2023. The membership will search regional funding to develop Section 1b alongside and has the help of Leinster Tennis and Tennis Eire.

Section 2 (2028-2031) of the undertaking will hopefully see the development of a brand new purpose-built membership home that can meet the requirement of a possible 750/800-member membership.

In 2021, the membership secured funding of €150,000 from the LEADER Transition programme, a Sports activities Capital program award of €97,116 and a really profitable bond scheme which raised €120,000 from 49 members which allowed the membership to get to this superb stage and safe the longer term for Athlone Tennis Membership.

The membership not too long ago held a raffle draw and wish to thank all those that bought and bought tickets.

The membership’s fundraising and finance crew are repeatedly in search of funding alternatives and are actively concerned in in search of business sponsorship from native companies. Because the raffle the committee has raised over €5,000.

The membership requires within the area of €45/50,000 to relocate to the brand new clubhouse and have launched a bond scheme to take action.

The price of relocating equates to approx 25 bonds (A Bond is €2,000). A determine of 70 bond purchases is the goal set. This determine together with funds awarded to the membership will permit the tennis membership to buy the clubhouse.

A bond is a sort of safety beneath which the issuer owes the holder a debt.

Bonds present the borrower with exterior funds to finance long-term investments.

The bond is repaid by a sum of €200 yearly for ten years. The €200 could also be used off the membership charge annually. Every bond holder is entered right into a draw for €200 quarterly annually for ten years. The primary bond compensation commences in simply over twelve months’ time.

The membership are making a remaining name to any membership member if they’re ready to buy a bond, please make contact with any member of the finance committee or by way of electronic mail at

The tennis membership would additionally wish to sincerely thank Director of Providers, Westmeath County Council, Barry Kehoe, who was instrumental in facilitating the relocating of the membership.

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