Newham

Newham council gives its tennis courts a £370,000 revamp

30 March 2017 in Sport and leisure
​Aspiring Andy Murrays and Jo Kontas will receive a boost thanks to a £370,000 revamp of 15 tennis courts across the borough by Newham Council.
From Monday 10 April the council will start work to upgrade the surfaces, nets, security gates and fencing at the courts in Lyle Park, Canning Town; Gooseley Playing Fields, East Ham; Central Park, East Ham; and Stratford Park, Stratford. The work that will be carried out in a rolling programme will last around four months.

The council is also intending to install floodlights on the Stratford Park and Lyle Park courts later this year to extend the hours they can be used.

Once they have been upgraded, residents will be able to book the courts online and will be able to make any number of bookings by joining the council’s new tennis membership scheme for an annual fee of £30. Online booking will also be available for the 12 courts run by the City of London at West Ham Park.

Anyone not wanting to join the membership scheme can hire one of the upgraded courts on a pay as you play basis. They will also still be able to use the council’s other 12 courts across the borough’s parks free of charge.

The revamp is part of the council's commitment to encouraging people to take up sport and help them live longer and healthier lives. The new membership scheme and hire charges will help the council maintain and further improve the facilities.

According to an LTA survey, nationally only five per cent of people playing tennis in parks were very satisfied with their facilities compared to 26 per cent of members of tennis clubs. The survey also highlighted that 19 per cent of people playing tennis in parks felt they were very satisfied with the availability of courts compared to 30 per cent of tennis club members.

When asked about the barriers to joining a tennis club, 27 per cent were put off by high membership fees, 13 per cent said they preferred playing tennis in the park, while 12 per cent were put off by clubs having no flexible subscription levels.

Cabinet Member for Sports and Leisure, Councillor Forhad Hussain, said: “This major investment in tennis is a clear indication of our commitment to encourage more poople to get outdoors, play sport, and enjoy what our parks have to offer.

“Playing tennis can help increase people’s aerobic capacity, lower blood pressure and improve strength and flexibility. As well as being a great way of keeping fit and healthy, it is also a fantastic way of spending time with friends and families and meeting new people.

“The new membership scheme will help ensure we deliver sustainable high quality tennis facitiites at a price affordable to everyone.”

Anyone wanting more information on the new membership scheme or to register an interest in signing up should email playtennisnewham@activenewham.org.uk