Tennis lovers across Ealing and Hounslow will have access to eight, new state-of-the-art tennis courts in Gunnersbury Park from 1 August 2018.
Published: Thursday, 19th July 2018
The new macadam courts are the first phase of the Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub, which when completed will also include a multi-use sports centre, a gym, two external floodlit artificial grass pitches and natural grass cricket and football pitches.
The entire complex will be managed by charitable social enterprise GLL.
From 1 August the courts will be available to book at a cost of just £9 per hour, while a range of activities, coaching and competitions will be launched over the summer including a free children’s summer camp for ages 5yrs – 10yrs (20 – 24 August) funded by the John Lyon Foundation, and regular coaching sessions, which will begin in September.
The courts will also benefit from a dedicated Tennis Manager, financed by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). The Manager will be responsible for onsite coaching, along with implementing free community outreach programmes within local schools to encourage children, who might not otherwise consider it, to try tennis for the first time.
Commenting on the new courts, Max Goodchild, Community Sports Manager for GLL said: “The new courts will be a huge asset to the local community, offering everyone regardless of age or ability the chance to enjoy tennis. We’re delighted to be able to offer a number of free and low cost sessions and look forward to introducing this hugely enjoyable sport to those who perhaps have never considered it before.”
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for finance and leisure said: “New, state-of-the-art tennis courts at Gunnersbury Park are great news for local people who want to stay active and enjoy sports in the borough. The opening of these courts also mark another important stage in the ambitious, multi-million pound Gunnersbury Restoration Project, which is delivering sports facilities to the park alongside renovation of its beautiful and historically significant buildings and landscape.
“We are committed to providing local people with opportunities to take part in a wide range of sports. Whether you want to play football, cricket or tennis, use the gym or enjoy a walk in a wonderful green space, Gunnersbury Park will provide every opportunity to take part in sports and activities for residents of all ages and backgrounds.”
Cabinet Member for Leisure Services at Hounslow Council, Cllr Sue Sampson said:
‘We are delighted to be able to extend this opportunity to our residents. To secure the continued success of participation in tennis and physical activity, it’s imperative to make the game accessible to as many people as possible to nurture emerging talent and help people to lead fit and healthy lifestyles.’
The Sports Hub is part of the Gunnersbury Regeneration Project, which is jointly delivered by Ealing and Hounslow Councils.
Anyone wishing to book or enrol on a course should visit www.better.org.uk/tennis