As part of a national Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) funding programme, the LTA and UK Government are jointly investing over £30 million to refurbish public tennis courts across Britain and support a new generation of players to get into the sport.
This will see thousands of public park tennis courts in poor or unplayable condition brought back to life for the benefit of local communities. This investment is designed to open up tennis to people of all backgrounds, to level up sports provision across the nation, and provide greater opportunities for children and adults to be active. This approach has been piloted successfully for the past three years and has demonstrated that participation in parks can increase significantly with the right combination of programmes and coaching activities.
Redbridge is set to modernise tennis courts at 10 parks across the Borough as part of improving Parks and other health and well-being facilities thanks to significant investment from the Government, the Lawn Tennis Association and commitments from the London Borough of Redbridge and Vision RCL.
The works will include repainting and binding the court surfaces and repairing nets, posts and fencing. Access-controlled entry gates will also be installed with an online booking system managed by Vision. This will ensure residents and groups can reserve their slots online and will include free, non-peak & peak time cost initially up to a maximum of £5 per hour per court.
This system has been piloted with free court bookings across Redbridge parks for several years, with over 10,000 free court bookings per year. It has not resulted in any significant issues; in other boroughs, it has reduced vandalism and antisocial behaviour in park tennis courts. This will benefit players at peak times, maximise court usage, increase participation and support the Visions of sustainable operation and maintenance of courts to a high standard. Income generated will be reinvested for continued maintenance and future development of the parks tennis courts and other parks infrastructure, therefore becoming less reliant on reduced parks budgets and external funding.
Redbridge Parks Tennis Launch
Redbridge residents are invited to celebrate the re-opening of the first two newly refurbished tennis courts during a special launch on Sunday 11 June. Free coaching sessions will be available for all the family at Valentines Park, 9am to 12pm and Goodmayes Park, 2pm to 5pm. Register your interest by clicking the event listing below.
Booking a tennis court
The cost to hire a court will be:
- Monday – Friday up to 12noon – FREE
- Monday – Friday 12-5pm – £2.50
- Monday – Friday 5pm to closing & weekends – £5
We are pleased to announce that the tennis courts at Valentines Park, South Park, Ray Park & Elmhurst Gardens have been refurbished as at 19 May 2023 and are now ready to open for bookings. Therefore bookings can be made now by visiting Play Tennis Redbridge or scanning the QR code on the gate.
All other courts are still in the process of being refurbished and will open once completed over the next few months and will give all residents the opportunity to book and play on refurbished courts. Coming soon will be some coaching sessions via our new coaching partners at Ray Park, Clayhall Park, Seven Kings Park and Goodmayes Park, details can be found on the respected pages on Play Tennis Redbridge
Please click on the park to go to court booking page
There will also be an enhanced local tennis programme, initially starting in Seven Kings, Valentines, Clayhall and Goodmayes Park, including free weekly sessions with the hope of extending this programme across all the parks in the future.
For more information please on this funding programme visit the Lawn Tennis Association website.