Wine tasting, tennis, brass bands and billiards: the 132-year-old Lancashire club brings locals together around common passions

A place where people can bond over a common interest in a range of sports and hobbies, the club’s facilities allow members to take part in everything from tennis, badminton, table tennis and bocce green from the crown to bridge, bridge, pétanque and billiards.

Over the past six months, however, the organization’s tennis club has been particularly busy improving its facilities, with county members and players Dorothy Bamber and Annabel Benson having recently officially opened two newly surfaced artificial clay courts to the alongside head coach Wayne Scott.

The culmination of months of hard work, the two new courts were opened in addition to the five pre-existing all-weather hard-surface courts, giving members access to state-of-the-art facilities with unavailable Lawn Tennis Association-approved LED floodlights. anywhere else in the region.

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Broughton & District Tennis Club opens its new courts

“We have carefully considered the pros and cons of the different court surfaces and have spoken extensively to club members and professionals from other clubs with this new surface, and their feedback has been overwhelmingly positive,” the tennis secretary said. Julie Drinkall. “This new surface offers characteristics similar to natural clay while being easy to maintain: a win-win!”

Wayne Scott, Head Tennis Coach, agrees: “Tennis is great exercise, it improves balance and strength and is fun to play. The benefit of an artificial clay surface is the soft, comfortable feel it provides to players underfoot, reducing impact on joints and preventing injury during practice and play.

“As an inclusive tennis venue, we welcome everyone,” he adds. “Children, adults, wheelchair players and all levels are welcome, including beginners and experienced players.”

During the summer, the club has a total of 10 teams which compete in the local Fylde and Ribble leagues, while players also take part in various knockout tournaments during the season. In addition to the adult section, the club also offers a thriving junior program with two under-16 teams, an under-14 team and an under-12 team, all of which play in local leagues and compete in the national championship. Junior Club League.

Members of the Broughton & District Tennis Club on the new courts

Aside from tennis, membership of the Broughton and District Club is open to anyone and everyone, with the club boasting newly refurbished lounges and a bar in the main clubhouse, providing members with a comfortable environment in which to congregate . They also run a thriving entertainment section which encourages contributions from members of all their respective clubs with the aim of running a wide range of events at the club throughout the year.

Their schedule includes everything from horse racing nights, wine tastings and singers to theme parties, marching bands and fashion shows. They also hold monthly quizzes every Saturday followed by bingo and a club raffle, which gives members a chance to win cash prizes while raising funds for the club.

Whether it’s aces in a doubles match, friendly card games or a black pot, Broughton and District Club has something to pique your interest. We may be 132 years after its founding, but the club’s mantra has remained the same.

Broughton & District Tennis Club players in action

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