Stroud District Council and the LTA have today announced a partnership to invest in and refurbish public park tennis courts in Stratford Park.
All 6 courts in the Stroud park next to Stratford Park Leisure Centre will be renovated, with investment of £127,000 helping to ensure that high quality facilities are available for the local community.
The project is part of a nationwide investment by the UK Government and LTA Tennis Foundation, delivered by the LTA, to refurbish public tennis courts across Great Britain, and open up the sport to many more people. This investment will see thousands of existing park tennis courts in poor or unplayable condition brought back to life for the benefit of communities across the country through renovation works, and improved court accessibility with new gate-access technology and booking systems.
Park tennis courts are vital in providing opportunities for children and adults to get active, delivering significant physical and mental health and wellbeing benefits to participants. Accessible facilities in parks are particularly critical to opening up the sport to those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and women and girls.
In addition to investment of £115,000 from the UK Government and LTA Tennis Foundation, £12,000 will also be invested by Stroud District Council.
Alongside the investment, Stroud District Council Physical Activity and Health Development Team will also work with the LTA to deliver a range of activity across the park sites. This will include weekly organised free park tennis sessions for all ages, playing levels and experience where equipment is provided, meaning that people will not need someone to play with or their own racket. Local Tennis Leagues will also provide friendly, sociable, opportunities to get active through local competition.
The 6 courts at Stratford Park are being renovated with the introduction of online booking and access control. The online booking will be found via the LTA website www.lta.org.uk/play and via Stratford Park dedicated booking platform. This will make it far easier to find and book a court or activity at Stratford Park.
All courts and sessions at Stratford Park will be available to book online via the LTA website and the dedicated Stratford Park booking system website and app when the courts are completed.
Work on sites has started in recent days and is expected to be completed by March 31.
“A key objective of our Council Plan is that leisure and culture services adopt a long term investment plan for facilities across the district to ensure everyone has access to good quality leisure opportunities that meet their needs,” said SDC Community Services and Licensing Committee Chair, Councillor Chris Brine.
Committee vice-chair Beki Aldam added: “Physical activity is vital to our health and wellbeing. I look forward to these improvements being made, and the tennis courts being used and enjoyed by residents of all ages and abilities.”
Julie Porter, Chief Operating Officer at the LTA, said:
“We are delighted to be working with Stroud District Council to improve their park tennis facilities and provide more opportunities for anyone to pick up a racket and get active. This investment is part of the UK Government and LTA’s Parks Tennis Project, and will mean that courts will be available for people to use for years to come. We will also be working closely with Stroud District Council to ensure that the local community have a range of accessible opportunities to get on court, and open up our sport to many more people.”