Housebuilder Beal Homes has provided funding to Goole Tennis Centre giving nearly 2,000 children tennis coaching sessions.
Beal Homes, who developed the town’s new housing development The Greenways, has committed to funding the coaching sessions for primary schools in Goole and the surrounding areas.
Beal’s backing for Goole Tennis Centre dates back to 2019, when the company provided funding for a similar programme to inspire youngsters to take up the sport.
The housebuilder’s chief executive, Richard Beal, is a member of the Goole Town Deal Board and is invested in the regeneration of the town.
Steve Turnbull, Goole Tennis Centre’s manager and head coach, said plans are underway to roll out the tennis programme to local schools from early March 2022.
Steve said: “It’s tremendous to have this continued support from Beal. They have a genuine interest in the local community, particularly the younger generation, which is great to see.”
The tennis centre, which has produced at least six players who have competed nationally over the past 15 years, has already began working out logistics for the upcoming sessions.
Steve added: “We want to show children that tennis is enjoyable and fun and a skill they can use socially and competitively in their adult life. Once they’ve completed their sessions at school and at the centre, we hope they’ll continue to enjoy coaching sessions with us.”
The housing company, that are set to build 800 homes on a 73-acre site on Rawcliffe Road, have already provided weekly coaching sessions to pupils from Boothferry Primary School.
Deputy headteacher Steven Capewell said: “I can’t over emphasise how important it is for children to have these opportunities. It benefits them in so many ways, including developing friendships, team spirit and self-esteem. This support from Beal is fantastic.”
Harriet Walker, Beal’s sales coordinator, said: “We’re passionate about giving back to local communities where we have developments and that is especially the case in Goole, because our commitment is so significant and over such a long period of time. It’s an incredibly exciting time for Goole and this programme is adding to the positivity.”
Goole Tennis Centre coach Jake Prime, Beal Homes cales coordinator Harriet Walker, and Boothferry Primary School deputy headteacher Steven Capewell with pupils. (18-11-51 SU)