New investment in local tennis courts

I welcome that Croydon Council has announced a new partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association that will see 32 council-owned tennis across the Borough refurbished, widening access to high-quality sporting facilities for local people.

Most of the costs will be met by funding from the government and LTA Tennis Foundation as part of the LTA’s Park Tennis Project, while Croydon Council is investing around £55,000 after bidding for capital funding.

I understand that the courts will have a new gate-access system to keep them secure and to deter antisocial behaviour, whilst free tennis sessions will be available each week for people of all ages and playing levels.

I am pleased that the refurbishments began in October, including at the tennis courts at Coulsdon Memorial Ground, Park Hill Recreation Ground, Purley Beeches, and Rickman Hill Recreation Ground, and that there will now be more options to help people keep fit and healthy locally.