Tennis courts in Chelmsford’s Oaklands Park have officially reopened after a £174,000 renovation.
Through the Parks Tennis Project, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) is delivering the biggest ever investment in parks tennis facilities, transforming over 2,000 courts across Britain. All five courts at Oaklands Park have benefitted from upgrades by the project, providing a significant boost to sporting facilities.
The LTA has managed the refurbishment. Funding has come from the UK Government, LTA Tennis Foundation and Chelmsford City Council.
Tennis court upgrades ensure future viability
The courts have undergone extensive work to ensure viability for years to come. The three courts in the walled area have been rebuilt, fully resurfaced, and finished in vibrant colours. New fencing and gate access system, linked to online booking will make the courts safe and accessible to all.
Two courts near the museum have undergone full resurfacing, with new fencing and the same gate access system.
This nationwide programme of investment is seeing thousands of existing park tennis courts in poor or unplayable condition brought back to life for the benefit of communities across the country, providing vital opportunities for children and adults to get active.
Councillor Natacha Dudley, Cabinet Member for an Active Chelmsford, said:
“The newly refurbished tennis courts in Oaklands Park provide another opportunity for the Chelmsford community to be active outdoors once again. The courts have been given a new lease of life and are a space for adults and children to enjoy both now and in the future. It’s a fantastic investment in our local sports facilities. I’m sure regulars as well as newcomers will make full use of the refurbished courts.”Councillor Natacha Dudley, Cabinet Member for an Active Chelmsford
Booking the Oaklands Park tennis courts
All courts are available to book via the LTA website. New booking systems and gate access technology means it is now easier to get on court by booking in advance to guarantee availability. Book a court for £5 per hour during off peaks periods and £8.50 per hour during busier times.
The LTA and Chelmsford City Council are also working in partnership to develop regular coaching opportunities at Oaklands Park to support adults, juniors and families enjoy tennis in a welcoming, fun and inclusive environment.
Qualified and accredited LTA tennis coaches or coaching operators interested in developing tennis coaching opportunities at Oaklands Park, should apply at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/tenniscoach. The closing date is Friday 6 October 2023.
Julie Porter, Chief Operating Officer at the LTA, said:
“After months of hard work, we’re delighted to see park tennis courts in Oaklands Park, Chelmsford, officially back open to the public, and in better shape than ever.
“Public tennis courts are such vital facilities for getting active and we want as many people as possible, of all ages and abilities, to pick up a racket and enjoy playing tennis. Thanks to this investment the sport will be opened up to more players, for years to come.”Julie Porter, Chief Operating Officer at the LTA
Free Parks Tennis open sessions coming soon
Free Parks Tennis open sessions will be coming soon to Oaklands Park, delivered by Volunteer Tennis Activators, these sessions will take place on Saturday or Sundays between 10am – 11am, providing regular opportunities for anyone to pick up a racket and play.
If you are interested in our Free Parks Tennis session or becoming a Tennis Activator (free training provided) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the LTA website to find out more about becoming an activator and accessing the free online training.
Stuart Andrew MP, Sports Minister, said:
“We are committed to levelling up access to sport which is so important for the nation’s physical and mental health.Stuart Andrew MP, Sports Minister
“The Government and the LTA are working together to deliver thousands of refurbished courts across Great Britain, supported by £30 million of investment.
“These improved tennis facilities in Oaklands Park will provide the local community with fun opportunities to get active and potentially become the next Andy Murray or Emma Raducanu.”