Tennis courts in Plympton’s Harewood Park are being given a new lease of life, thanks to funding from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), Plymouth City Council and Plympton Tennis Club.
The refurbishment will see two disused courts completely resurfaced, relined and brought back into use and another two, currently leased by Plympton Tennis Club, cleaned and re-lined.
All four courts will be managed by the club and one will be available for hire by members of the public. A new online booking system will also be introduced following the refurbishment to make it much easier for people to access the courts.
The improvements are being funded by a £25,000 grant from the LTA, along with a £5,000 contribution from the Council and £5,000 from the club.
This is one of a number of ways the Council is working with the LTA to improve opportunities to play tennis in Plymouth’s parks, schools, clubs and leisure centres and increase the number of people taking part in the sport.
Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith said: “We’re committed to providing excellent sports facilities for residents across the city. Tennis is a great way for people of all ages and abilities to stay fit and active and we’re really pleased the LTA is helping us to bring these much-needed courts back into use for the Plympton community.”
Simon Johnson, LTA Head of Region for the South West, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Plymouth City Council to support Plympton Tennis Club in securing the future of community tennis in the area. Tennis is a fantastic sport to play with family and friends and through investments like this we hope to create opportunity for all across the city. The LTA are dedicated to developing facilities and improving access to tennis for the whole community and it is integral to our mission to get more people playing more often.”
Peter Wilson, Chairman of the Plympton Tennis Club, said: “Plympton tennis players are looking forward to playing on their newly refurbished courts. We are a thriving, family-friendly club but our activities almost ground to a halt last winter due to moss and slippery courts. Thanks to funding from the LTA, Plymouth City Council and the club’s own fundraising efforts, we are looking forward to a fantastic summer season. We hope to boost membership and provide tennis-related activities for all ages and abilities, members and non-members alike.”
Work on the refurbishment is already under way and is expected to finish in April.