Players hit the courts for the Great British Tennis Weekend at Cantley Park
Players hit the courts for the Great British Tennis Weekend hosted by Wokingham Borough Council at Cantley Park.
A total of 267 people of all ages and abilities joined in free tennis coaching sessions, family time and free play over two days.
Some 77 players also signed up for a free trial for coaching in September and there was huge interest in membership.
Wokingham Borough Council has been working in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to significantly improve the current nine outdoor court tennis facilities at Cantley Park.
This has included three new courts, modern floodlights that avoid light pollution on six courts and a new clubhouse thanks to funding by the borough council and LTA.
The development also includes an electronic court access system linked to online court booking, which provides easy access and affordable tennis for the community.
Cllr Norman Jorgensen, executive member for environment, sports, environmental health, leisure and libraries, said: “The Great British Tennis Weekend was a perfect opportunity to showcase the improved facilities at Cantley.
“The weekend proved extremely popular with players of all ages and abilities, and there was massive interest in membership too. Tennis is a fantastic way to stay fit and healthy, and we hope to see even more people take advantage of the new facilities.”
The Great British Tennis Weekend was the second to be held at the courts this year.
Players joined in the first in May when Wokingham Borough Council Cllr Rob Stanton, who was Deputy Mayor at the time, officially opened the new courts.
The GBTW is organised by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and is a nationwide campaign to drive more people to play tennis by offering free opportunities to play.
Leo Tutt, regional club and county manager for the Lawn Tennis Association, said: “We are delighted by the success of the Great British Tennis Weekend events held at Cantley Park this summer.
“They have provided the opportunity for hundreds of participants of all ages to try tennis, many for the first time. Following these events it has been fantastic to see so many people continuing to play on a casual or competitive basis or within the coaching programme.
“The venue is already becoming a flagship site for community tennis within the region.”
GDTennis are the new tennis operator managing the tennis court facilities, delivering an exciting and varied programme of tennis activities for all ages and abilities, driving the sale of pay and play activities and membership sales all year round.
The cost of a family membership is £65 per year – for all family members to play (excluding floodlighting).
To find out more information and to book your place, visit the Lawn Tennis Association’s website at https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/OpenDays/ or GDT Cantley Park website at: https://cantleyparktennis.co.uk/.