CHRISTCHURCH Meadows Tennis Courts could soon benefit from a revamped playing surface, new programmed activities and a court booking system.
Local residents and tennis fans are invited to an open session at the courts on Saturday 18th March, between 11am and 1pm, to find out more.
Coaches will be on hand, as well as representatives from the Lawn Tennis Association and the Council’s leisure team, to promote the upgrade and give people a chance to ask questions and give feedback on the proposed changes at the courts.
It will also be an opportunity to find out about potential new programmed activities and how a new booking system for the courts will work, as well as take part in a free tennis session with expert coaching tips.
Cllr Paul Gittings, Reading’s Lead Member for Sport, said:
“The changes we are planning to introduce at Christchurch Tennis Courts will bring a host of benefits for tennis players and I hope it will persuade more people to take up the sport locally. I encourage residents to come along on Saturday 18th March to find out more.
“We want to encourage our residents to be as active as possible. The provision of good quality, readily accessible sports facilities like this underpins this ambition.”
Work to clean and re-paint the courts will begin the end of March, with the new activities launching the end of April.
The Council are looking to provide new and varied opportunities to learn and play tennis at Christchurch Meadows for the next 3-5 years, in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and a local tennis coaching company, GDT Tennis.
GDT Tennis will provide an on-site presence during the peak months of the year, supervising use of the courts and offering a varied programme of tennis activities and coaching opportunities for players of all ages and standards throughout the year.
Tennis sessions will be delivered by LTA qualified and accredited coaches and provide increased opportunities for local residents to get active and stay healthy.
A number of special events and activities will also be planned and hosted onsite.
Court Booking System
GDT will manage the booking systems and programme of activity to allow courts to be used throughout the year.
The new courts booking system, ClubSpark, will improve the customer experience as individuals will be able to view court availability and book and pay for courts online (including using the booking app on their smart phones).
The Electronic court access system will provide the opportunity for participants to use the courts in a number of ways:
- buy a key fob/swipe card that is eligible for use for their entire household for an annual fee of £40 for Reading residents (£45 for non-residents), enabling them to play as much tennis as they like for only 77 pence per week.
- Pay and play options will still be available for people who wish to access courts less frequently and fees will continue to be set by the Council through the fees and charges process annually.
- In addition to the pay to access sessions, a number weekly free court slots will be made available to be booked on a first come, first served basis.
In addition to the online booking it will also be possible to contact GDT by telephone to answer enquiries or book other tennis related activities.