BICKERTON Tennis Club is celebrating after securing £20,000 worth of Olympic legacy funding.

The club, based at the village hall in Long Lane, has been awarded cash from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

The fund sees £50m of National Lottery money invested in up to 1,000 community sports projects by 2014.

Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark to celebrate the link to the Games.

Bickerton Tennis Club will use its funding to upgrade facilities and, in particular, resurface the two hard courts.

Club chairman Jane Bell said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our tennis courts and provide an improved facility for local people.

“We are especially keen to encourage families and juniors to join and take up the sport which can be played year round at Bickerton on our two floodlit outdoor courts.”

Sport England chairman Richard Lewis said: “This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for Bickerton.

“This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in the North West. It shows we’re offering the legacy that people want for their local community.”

MP Stephen O’Brien believes the funding will ‘inspire a generation’ to learn and play tennis.

“Maybe a future Olympic champion will start on these new courts,” he added.