Tennis courts are a smash hit!

12:26pm - 18 May 2021
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The three newly refurbished tennis courts at Ashcombe Park in Weston-super-Mare are proving to be a smash hit!

In the first month of opening there were 644 bookings made and more than 100 annual memberships taken up.

Thanks to an £85,000 project fund, secured by North Somerset Council from Sport England and the Lawn Tennis Association, the once dilapidated tennis courts have been given a new lease of life.

The project included the total resurfacing of all three courts and installing new secure fencing with an automated gate access system. When users book online they are provided with an access code for the keypad on the entry gate.

When booking there are two options:

  • pay and play - £6 for an hour on court
  • annual membership - £35 allowing anyone in your household to book the courts for a year at no additional cost.

The hours the courts are available have been extended to 7am-8pm (last booking 7pm) every day. These will be extended further to 9pm (last booking 8pm) in time for the Bank Holiday at the end of the month to take advantage of the lighter evenings.

"The early indications show that there is clearly a demand for this type of facility," said Cllr Mike Solomon, the council's executive member for neighbourhoods and community services.

"We've already extended the hours to give people even more opportunity to play and are planning to introduce a tennis coaching concession, providing individual and group lessons, in the near future."

The money from bookings and annual memberships will pay for the regular maintenance of the courts with any surplus funding put towards improving the park.

To book your court go to https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/AshcombePark or www.n-somerset.gov.uk/ashcombetenniscourts.