Funding could be used to improve park tennis courts – Birkenhead News

Wirral Parks Tennis Courts could benefit from a £300,000 investment that would improve facilities, increase participation in play and secure the courts’ long-term future.

Funding is provided by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) with the aim of bringing and maintaining public tennis courts to a good standard of playability for the benefit of local communities.

In Wirral, this will see improvements made to 36 courts at 12 different park tennis venues in the borough. All venues will receive a new gate system linked to the LTA’s reservation system, while the courts in the worst condition will be refurbished and others refurbished and improved in various ways.

Alongside this investment, Wirral Council will work with the LTA and its partners to introduce a new way of managing tennis in the parks that will aim to increase participation through better programming, engagement with communities and to maintain affordable and accessible sport.

Cllr Helen Cameron, Chair of Wirral Council’s Tourism, Communities, Culture and Leisure Committee, said: “This investment in community tennis is welcome. This will ensure that local facilities can be upgraded and allow us to implement better ways to develop the sport in Wirral. This will attract more players to the game and ultimately help make the facilities sustainable in the long run.

“Improving the environment and creating new opportunities for people to use our amazing parks and open spaces more often is a key part of Wirral’s new sport and physical activity strategy. It is also closely linked to the priorities of the Wirral 2026 plan to encourage people to lead active and healthy lives and to create safer and more enjoyable communities.

The goal is for the plan to be approved in the fall. The 12 sites that would benefit from the improvements are:

• Arrowe Park (1 court)
• Ashton Park, West Kirby (2)
• Birkenhead Park (6)
• Coronation Park, Greasby (1)
• Harrison Park, Wallasey (7)
• Bebington Upper Park (3)
• Irby Park (2)
• Marine Park, New Brighton (4)
• Parade gardens of Meols (2)
• New ferry fleet (4)
• Saughall Barn (2)
• Torr Park, Eastham (2)

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