Trafford’s public tennis courts are to be improved and updated as part of a massive investment scheme backed by the Council.
Trafford Council’s Executive last night rubber stamped plans for the introduction of the Park Tennis Investment and Sustainability programme.
Many of the 34 courts are in poor condition and, as part of the programme, the Council will team up with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to improve and resurface courts for current players and future generations to enjoy.
The LTA have put together a funding package of £125,000 to invest in the work and will work with the Council to improve, promote and market the facilities for players across the borough.
It will mean Trafford Council and the LTA moving to a model where players are charged a small fee of around £3 to £5 a session only at peak times during the day. The charge will cover general and scheduled maintenance, including the introduction of a specialist operator, to increase and sustain usage of the courts.
Trafford Council is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of residents across the borough through sporting activities and has also made reducing health inequalities a major corporate priority.
Cllr Jo Harding, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Strategic Partnerships, said: “This is fantastic news as it will result in improvements to all of our 34 tennis courts across the borough. Sport and health and wellbeing are hugely important and I am delighted that our tennis courts will be made suitable for budding Boris Beckers now and in the future. There will be a small charge at peak times but this is needed to pay for the work and is a model used in other areas.
“We will still be hosting free tennis sessions at our courts and will be engaging closely with our communities on the changes.”
Posted on Tuesday 24th January 2023