Tennis players in Lichfield and South East Staffordshire will be making even more of a racket after local clubs Lichfield Friary and Lichfield Lawn have merged. Lichfield Lawn Tennis Club has been on its Birmingham Road site since 1895 but the lease on the site will terminate shortly. After evaluating several options the club approached Lichfield Friary on Tamworth Road to suggest that the two clubs merge, a suggestion that was approved by members of both clubs. All players and assets will transfer to the ‘Friary’ club creating a 250-strong members organisation and from 2012 this tennis ‘super club’ will be known as Lichfield Friary Lawn Tennis Club
Bob Edgar, Lichfield Lawn Tennis Club Chairman said:
“After many years in the centre of the city, we are looking forward to playing at some of the best club facilities in Staffordshire Everyone at the Friary has been very welcoming and we are pleased to be part of such a dynamic and ambitious ‘super club’ that will provide for tennis players of all ages and abilities in the Lichfield area.”
Achim Kreuser, Lichfield Friary Club Chairman said: “We very much welcome Lichfield Tennis Club and look forward to playing with and against more people, lots more competitive matches and more opportunities to socialise. 2019 will be busy and an important year for the club. We are having the courts resurfaced; our junior programme is developing and is proving to be a great success with local children of all ages and all this whilst integrating the two clubs.”
The merging of both clubs will create one of the biggest in Staffordshire with over 250 members, playing across 17 teams on six artificial grass floodlight courts.