Tennis on the up in Portsmouth

Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Tennis on the up in Portsmouth

Milton Park Tennis Courts have been given a face lift which is sure to see tennis boom in Portsmouth.

The resurfacing of all five courts and instalment of new perimeter fencing has been made possible thanks to a £63,700 grant from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), supported by Sport England, and will be completed before the end of the month.

The investment was made to ensure the longevity of the free-to-use courts in the heart of the city with the aim of getting more adults and juniors playing recreational tennis throughout the year.

Milton Park is part of a pilot scheme set up in Portsmouth to help grow the game in a non-traditional area. The pilots are an initiative put in place by the Tennis Foundation, Great Britain’s leading tennis charity.

Sarah Rutherford, LTA Project Manager for the City, said: “Milton Park is a great location for people to play tennis. The five courts are available free of charge for people to simply turn up and play and by upgrading the courts and fencing we hope that more and more people will enjoy playing tennis this summer.”

As well as offering the courts free of charge to local residents, Portsmouth City Council has supported the LTA and Portsmouth Tennis Academy to offer local people community tennis throughout the week.

These low cost sessions are organised by a member of the coaching team and are simply an opportunity to turn up, pay £2 and receive some advice and help on court. It’s also a chance to meet and play with new people.

Find out more by about Milton Park community sessions by calling the Portsmouth Tennis Academy on 02392 730082. The newly resurfaced courts will be open from mid-March onwards.   



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