On Saturday 13 May at 10am the new tennis courts at Cantley Park in Wokingham will be officially opened by Wokingham Borough Deputy Mayor Cllr Rob Stanton.
Wokingham Borough Council has been working in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to significantly improve the current nine outdoor court tennis facilities, with the addition of three new courts. Modern floodlights, that avoid light pollution, have also been installed in six courts and a new clubhouse built, thanks to funding by the borough council and LTA.
To provide easy access and affordable tennis for the community, an online court booking system has also been introduced.
A tennis company will manage the tennis court facilities, deliver an exciting and varied programme of tennis activities for all ages and abilities, drive the sale of the pay and play activities and membership sales all year round. The cost of a family membership will be £65 per year – for all family members to play (excludes cost of flood lighting).
As part of the official opening, throughout the weekend (13 and 14 May from 9am to 3pm) there will be free tennis coaching sessions, family time and free play as part of this year’s Great British Tennis Weekend. All ages and abilities are welcome and equipment is provided.
Cllr Angus Ross, executive member for environment, said: "We’re delighted to officially open the improved tennis facilities at Cantley Park in partnership once again with the Lawn Tennis Association. This investment means that we can provide excellent tennis facilities for all our residents in the Wokingham Borough. Tennis is a fantastic sport and is a great way for people of all ages and abilities to stay fit and healthy.
"This is a great opportunity for providing a centre of excellence and to provide affordable tennis for everyone, and without complicated access arrangements.
"I am sure that this event will be a huge success and will follow in the footsteps of the previous Great British Tennis Weekend’s held last year. I hope that lots of residents, young and old, can come along and take part in some of the tennis activities on offer."
Leo Tutt, LTA regional tennis participation manager, said: "We are delighted to have worked in partnership with Wokingham Borough Council on this fantastic community tennis project. The enhanced facilities will provide new low cost, year-round tennis playing opportunities for the whole community, encouraging more people of all ages to take up our sport."
The improvements have been funded by S106 developer contributions and the LTA.