Plans for a new Online Booking System and Annual Tennis Pass revealed, offering tennis for the whole family all year round for just £39.
As part of our commitment to help residents live a healthy and active lifestyle, Surrey Heath Borough Council is working in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to get more people playing tennis more often, and to make sure our park tennis facilities are sustainable.
Earlier this year we held a public consultation to understand the views and motivations of both existing and potential parks tennis users. Responses showed improved court conditions and a clearer, simpler booking system were the main factors that would people more likely to play at parks tennis venues.
In response, a range of court improvements have been completed at our London Road Recreation Ground venue in Camberley, including jet washing, moss treatment, surface repairs, court binding and repainting to offer a more attractive and playable surface for users of all standards.
We will also be introducing ‘ClubSpark’ soon – a simple, customer-friendly online booking and payment system for our park tennis courts. In tandem with the new booking system we are introducing a great value Annual Tennis Pass that allows a household of up to 5 people to play Tennis in the Park all year round at any of our four venues across Surrey Heath for just £39 – meaning the whole family can play for the equivalent of just £3.25 a month.
Players can also use the system to book courts on the traditional “Pay as you Play” basis at the current rate of £5.75 per court per hour. As our busiest venue, London Road Recreation Ground has been selected as the pilot site for improvements, including a new gate-access system that works in conjunction with ClubSpark.
The aim will be to make similar improvements over time at our remaining park tennis venues at:
- WatchettsRecreation Ground
- MytchettRecreation Ground
- Frimley Green Recreation Ground
These major changes will be supported by a diverse coaching programme catering for all ages and abilities and targeted opportunities for low-cost tennis.
To celebrate the new-look tennis offer, we will be taking part in the national “Great British Tennis Weekend” initiative on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July.
SHBC will be offering free access to all our park courts all weekend, and will also be offering free coaching on Saturday 21 July at London Road Recreation Ground courtesy of our new coaching partner, the National Tennis Association. The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Dan Adams, will attend the launch of the event with an LTA representative at 10.30am, followed by a day of free tennis opportunities for children and adults, including coaching sessions between 11am – 3pm.
Places are limited and must be booked in advance. To register, please visit www.surreyheath.gov.uk/tennisinthepark.
To register your interest in our Annual Tennis Pass, please email email@example.com.
Further updates will be posted on our social media channels and at www.surreyheath.gov.uk/tennisinthepark