New mayor Krystal Miller joined MP Stephen Hammond at the event.
With Wimbledon on the horizon, MP Stephen Hammond took to the court to mark the opening of Raynes Park Residents Club’s new facilities this weekend.
The Conservative MP was joined at the Meadowview Road facility by Merton mayor Krystal Miller, who cut the ribbon and unveiled a commemorative plaque at the site.
Hammond then officially opened the club’s new courts by playing a game against his wife Sally and highly-rated 12-year-old Wimbledon local and club member Jodie Lawrence-Taylor.
“I am delighted to have attended the official opening of these courts,” said Mr Hammond.
“It is really great some Inspired Facilities money has come to Raynes Park to build a truly fantastic facility. I look forward to the club producing champions in the future”.
Local residents were invited to enjoy a free buffet and to take to the court and the club welcomed five new members.
In the afternoon former world number 170 Danny Sapsford hosted a specialist ‘tennis circus’, an opportunity for club members and local residents of all ages and ability to pick up a racket and play tennis.
Paul Sadler, the chair of the club, said: “We are delighted to have larger facilities which enables us to welcome new adult and junior members of all ages and playing abilities, including those completely new to the sport.
“I was delighted to see the local residents welcome us with open arms and come down and take part in the day, there was a real feeling of inclusiveness throughout.
“The tennis circus was also brilliant and we hopefully will get Danny Sapsford back again to the club soon to lead another one so I would invite people to keep on coming down to check out our facilities.”
To enquire about membership at Raynes Park Residents Club, call 07732 695977 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.
Follow us @SW_Londoner