Eastbourne tennis courts refurb will be a smash hit

Anyone for tennis?
Anyone for tennis?

Nine tennis courts have been completely refurbished in time for Eastbourne’s summer of tennis.

Five courts at Hampden Park and four at Old Town Rec have undergone a transformation thanks to a joint project by Eastbourne Borough Council (EBC) and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

The LTA awarded £120,000 towards a total cost of £265,000 for the major upgrade which was vital to bring the courts up to an acceptable playing standard.

The council has been working closely with the LTA to find ways of improving access to tennis in Eastbourne and increase participation levels, as currently only 7.7 per cent of the town’s population play tennis on local community courts.

Councillor David Tutt, leader of the council, said, “The refurbished courts are fantastic and we hope this will encourage people of all ages and abilities will pick up a racquet and have a go at playing on them. Our thanks go to the LTA for its commitment to helping ensure that Eastbourne residents get access to the high quality tennis facilities.”

Lisa Pearce, head of region for the LTA, said, “We are dedicated to continuing our investment in grass roots tennis and developing facilities to improve access for the whole community is integral to our mission to get more people playing more often.”

The council will soon be going out to tender for a delivery partner to operate a comprehensive community tennis programme which will include a coaching programme and the introduction of an online booking system for the courts in Hampden Park, Old Town Rec and Fisherman’s Green.

Eastbourne hosts the world’s top women players for the AEGON International from June 20-27. See www.lta.org.uk/major-events/ From June 13-14, the Great British Tennis Weekend will see free activities at clubs and venues across Eastbourne. See clubspark.lta.org.uk/OpenDays

Pictured are Rick Newman, sport and leisure manager, Sue Slater, project manager, David Tutt and Kate Nixon , LTA.

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