Upgraded tennis courts now ready for play

March 2024

Renovated tennis courts at Huthwaite Welfare Park and Sutton Lawn are now open for bookings after improvements costing almost £160,000.

Ashfield District Council worked with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) who funded the work to install new access gates, fencing, resurfacing, and colouring at both parks, to ensure residents have access to modern, quality sports facilities.

The courts will be managed by We Do Tennis and to ensure their long-term future, a small booking fee has been introduced to pay for ongoing maintenance and repairs.

Chairman of the Council, Cllr Dale Grounds, said: “We know how much residents value access to modern sports pitches, courts, and buildings, so this work will allow more people to enjoy tennis. If we can encourage more people to take up the sport with these upgraded facilities then it’s fantastic. Working with the LTA is bringing much-needed investment, and will support the Council’s ongoing commitment to providing quality facilities in our award-winning parks and green spaces.”

Andy Moss, Head of Parks – We Do Tennis C.I.C, said: “We Do Tennis’ is a not-for-profit organisation focused on improving, growing, and securing the future of tennis at all levels. We are extremely excited to be working with Ashfield District Council and the residents of the local area to provide a first-class tennis offering including LTA Free Park Tennis, coaching, and other tennis activities. Improving the facilities is a great first step and our role is to activate tennis in the area and get lots of happy people with a racket in their hand.”

For residents who wish to play frequently across the three sites, We Do Tennis is offering annual passes, which allow holders to play at any of the parks all year round. These are currently on an early bird promo rate of £35 per annum for a household (two Adults and four Children), until 30 April 2024.

Further details for annual passes, or playing at the Ashfield park courts is available on the We Do Tennis website. 

Ashfield District Council will also be investing £55,000, as part of the Green Ashfield initiative - funded by the £62.6million Towns Fund programme - to provide new floodlighting at Sutton Lawn tennis courts. The Council is also working with Sutton in Ashfield Lawn Tennis Club to upgrade facilities at the park, including the pavilion, to support the club to attract new members.

The courts at Kingsway Park will also be refurbished and reopened later this year. All courts and sessions at Sutton Lawn and Huthwaite Welfare Park will be available to book online via the LTA website. (external link) Sessions at Kingsway Park, Kirkby, will also be bookable on the LTA website.

Julie Porter, Chief Operating Officer at the LTA, said: “We are delighted to be working with Ashfield District Council to improve their park tennis facilities and provide more opportunities for anyone to pick up a racket and get active. This investment is part of the UK Government and LTA’s Parks Tennis Project and will mean courts are available for people to use for years to come. We will also be working closely with the Council to ensure that the local community have a range of accessible opportunities to get on court and open up our sport to many more people.”

The investment is part of the Parks Tennis Project, a nationwide £30million investment by the UK Government and LTA Tennis Foundation, delivered by the LTA, to transform thousands of park tennis courts and open up the sport to many more people.

Park tennis courts are vital for getting children and adults active, delivering significant physical and mental wellbeing benefits. Ashfield District Council will work with the LTA to ensure a range of activity is in place for the local community, including a weekly organised free park tennis session for all ages, playing levels and experiences with equipment provided.

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