Schoolchildren from Fulham were among the first to test out tennis courts in Normand Park newly resurfaced as part of a drive to get more people enjoying healthy lifestyles through tennis.
The youngsters, from Sir John Lillie School, visited the park on Monday (19 June) to test out the recently refurbished courts, using the three adult courts and the brand new mini tennis courts.
At the court they were joined by Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.
“We’re determined to help residents live active lifestyles and welcome these improvements to Normand Park’s tennis courts,” said Cllr Harcourt.
“We’re really proud of our Green Flag accredited parks and green spaces and improving facilities at them like this will be a real boost to residents and visitors.”
The refurbishment was funded by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) which has identified H&F as a key borough to launch its 2017 campaign to get more and more people playing.
The borough will be working closely with the LTA to improve the experience for court users, and to give new opportunities to children to play and enjoy the sport.
Through the project, the LTA will support the council to identify and resurface other courts in the borough which have deteriorated over time, and ensure that they become valuable facilities again.
In turn, this will encourage residents to head out ‘for a knock’ with friends and neighbours.
The opening of the new courts coincides with the first day of the Aegon Championship at the Queen’s Club in West Kensington, where Brit superstar Andy Murray will be hoping for a good performance ahead of defending his Wimbledon title.
Residents were invited to watch for free the qualifying matches at the club the weekend before as inspiration to pick up a racket.
To get involved, find your nearest tennis club.
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