Ealing Council and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) are jointly renovating seven park venues with tennis courts in the borough.
The council is providing £70,000 towards a total £323,772 investment in the project, which aims to make sure high quality facilities are available for local people.
Free park tennis
Councillor Jasbir Anand, the council’s cabinet member for thriving communities, said: “I am very pleased that we are working with the LTA to deliver much needed improved tennis facilities and a range of organised free park tennis sessions for all ages, playing levels and experience with equipment provided, that everyone can access.”
The park venues being renovated are: Churchfield Recreation Ground, Elthorne Park, Ravenor Park, Southfields Recreation Ground, Spikes Bridge Park and Wolf Fields. Meanwhile, North Acton Playing Fields will also be available to book online, including via the LTA website, making it far easier to find and book a court or activity.
Julie Porter, LTA’s chief operating officer, said: “We are delighted to be working with Ealing Council to improve park tennis facilities and provide more opportunities for anyone to pick up a racquet and get active. This investment is part of the UK government and LTA’s Parks Tennis Project, and will mean that courts will be available for people to use for years to come. We will also be working closely with Ealing 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.”
Park tennis courts are vital in providing opportunities for children and adults to get active. Accessible facilities in parks are particularly important to help open up the sport to those from all backgrounds.
Councillor Anand added: “Ealing’s Sports Facility Strategy, adopted in July 2022, clearly demonstrates the council’s commitment to providing new and improved sports facilities that benefit local people. The work to improve our tennis offer is happening now, and is due to be complete with tennis sessions available by the summer – game set and match.”
All courts and sessions at all sites will be available to book online via the LTA website.