A little bit of history…..
Beechcroft was originally known as Hall Green Church Tennis Club and was founded in 1938 when local resident Miss Lane donated the land which club the club stands on to the Church Of The Ascension in Hall Green. It was gifted on the provision that tennis was always to be played there to promote health and sport in the community.
In 1939 the first tennis courts were laid and later the same year the wooden pavilion style club house was built. The club still retains its original club house within the walls of the new building, which was used by the home guard & the billeting of anti aircraft and searchlight platoons during World War Two.
In 1957 the club went through a difficult time, mainly because the members couldn’t play tennis on Sundays, so they formed an independent club which they called Beechcroft Tennis Club which would allow Sunday play. Men’s and ladies days became popular, with tournaments lasting all day. During the men’s tournaments the ladies would make the men’s lunches and the men would return the favour on ladies day.
Unfortunately after 75 years of history ‘Beechcroft Tennis Club’ went into decline. Dwindling membership, dilapidated facilities and tennis losing its popularity, almost brought the club to near closure. Not wanting to see this happen we have worked tirelessly to look for funding grants to help secure its future. In February 2014 we were successful in our application for a Sport England Olympic Legacy Inspire Facilities grant of £50K to improve the tennis courts. The club now boasts the best multi sports surface in Birmingham. After further capital from local investors we were able to restore the once tired clubhouse to its former charming glory, enabling it to operate. The investors also managed to secure a club sponsor through one of the new members Kevin Mann and his company Advanced Colour Coatings who also provide walking football kits for the Mens and Womens Walking Football teams.
In 2015 the re-named Beechcroft Tennis & Multi Sports Community Club offers a base for not only tennis but touchtennis, football, hockey, netball, walking football and table tennis. From mini tennis for under 6 year olds to walking football for the over 50s, the club really has become a multi generational sports and social venue with a bright future.
In 2016 Beechcroft received a Sports England Inspired Facilities grant to renovate and improve the clubhouse. Work began after planning had been approved to extend the existing building to incorporate an office, store room, disabled toilet, and increase the size of the kitchen and mens and ladies changing rooms to allow for showers to be installed. At the same time the investors got planning permission to install floodlights around the courts enabling them to extend the hours of use particularly over the winter months.
Beechcroft now offers sports facilities to a wide range of community groups including local schools, disability groups, sports teams, scout groups and youth clubs who would benefit from year round access to the club. Hall Green has a population of 28 thousand people and Beechcroft is the only community sports venue in the area.