It’s advantage H&F as Hammersmith & Fulham Council and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) serve up an ace of improvements to tennis in the borough.
The grand slam changes include the public tennis courts at Ravenscourt Park near the Tube line being re-fenced, resurfaced… and reimagined.
A partnership between the LTA, the national governing body of tennis, and the council means the courts will have a new look by the autumn, with slick surfaces, secure fencing and a new easy-to-use online booking system, which has recently launched for courts across the borough where charging is already in place.
The LTA is pumping £70,000 into boosting grassroots tennis in Ravenscourt Park - a commitment welcomed by H&F Council.
Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for the Environment, described it as ‘a serious long-term investment’ which underlined the council’s target of encouraging more residents to play the sport.
The process of reserving courts is changing from a dated telephone system to a hi-tech online operation thanks to Clubspark.
You can book courts at Eel Brook Common, Ravenscourt Park, South Park and Hurlingham Park in advance by using the new online booking system. Furthermore, in late Summer onward, a new court entry system will also be installed at these parks, which enables users to enter using a unique entry code that is sent to the player’s mobile phone, to unlock the gate.
Register for a free Tennis in H&F membership to make advanced court bookings for a reduced fee.
The refurbishment work at Ravenscourt Park is starting in September as part of a nationwide initiative by the LTA, in partnership with local councils, to encourage more people to take up the sport.
“We hope that this investment encourages residents of all ages and all abilities to pick up a racket and have a go,” said Cllr Harcourt. “The LTA is making a serious long-term investment in the sport in Hammersmith & Fulham, and we are delighted to be working alongside them to achieve our target of getting more people taking part, and getting fit.”
Players can find information on the seven Ravenscourt Park courts, as well as the 29 other full-size courts and eight mini courts in South Park, Hurlingham Park, Normand Park, Bishops Park (managed by a third party), Brook Green, Eel Brook Common and Hammersmith Park.
For more details about bookings and coaching visit the PlayTennisHF website.
John Golding, LTA Head of Region for London, South East & East said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with H&F to grow the game at grassroots level, and this exciting investment will really help us with that mission.
“Enabling people to book courts quickly and efficiently, will mean a positive experience for players, resulting in repeat bookings and getting more people on court, more often. We hope that the public enjoy using the new booking system and playing tennis throughout the year.”
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