MONKSTOWN Lawn Tennis Club’s president Pat Cowley said the club was “delighted” to hear it had been allocated €25,000 as part of the Sports Capital Grant scheme, funds it will be looking to put to good use as soon as possible.

“Applying for these grants can be quite an ordeal, so I would like to say a big thank you to the committee at Monkstown Lawn Tennis Club,” he said to GazetteSport this week. “We had to put together a subcommittee to look after the application, but we had our fingers crossed when we applied and we’re delighted that we received the grant.”

Cowley highlighted the club’s hopes to use the funds to refurbish three of its six courts, having already had some work done on the other three in recent times, a key element to maintaining the attraction of the club.

“We would love to use the money to do some work on the courts that aren’t in as good shape as the others.

“Our club is one of the most vibrant in the county. We have a lot of competitive players who want to be playing all the time. With three courts in worse shape than the others it’s something that needs to be done.

“There are a lot of people in the area that spend a lot of time around the club and, because we are so competitive across the leagues, the courts are very important to keep our players on top of their game.

“I’m sure all of the members here will be delighted that we can put some money into the courts and we really hope that it will give the locality a renewed interest.

“We would love to see more children from the Monkstown area get into the game. We have been very successful over the years and I’m sure there are some budding stars out there who would love to give the sport a try,” said Cowley.

Other clubs in the area that received funding from the Sport’s Capital Grant were: Dun Laoghaire Active Retirement Association who received a sum of €18,224; Lakelands Football Club who were awarded €3,202; St Josephs Boy’s AFC who also were granted €16,779; and Dublin Trojan Gymnastic Club who received €19,550.

Two parks in the area were also granted sums for their sporting facilities with Cabinteely Park receiving €25,000 and Clonkeen allocated €23,852.