Bond serves up an ace at refurbished tennis courts

Release Date: 29 June 2017

Newly refurbished tennis courts at York House Gardens in Twickenham were given the thumbs up this morning, when the Cabinet Member for Sport, Councillor Bond, joined a professional coach to try out the improved facilities.

A volley of changes and improvements have taken place at the court, now that the management of the borough’s eleven tennis court sites are back with Richmond Council.

Refurbishment of three sites (Cambridge Gardens, York House Gardens and Sheen Common) is now complete, with the courts being cleaned, lines re-painted and new nets installed. These three sites have also been fitted with a new gate access system, through a partnership scheme with the Lawn Tennis Association.

In addition, Palewell Common and King George’s Field have a coach on site and Palewell Common has both junior and adult coaching programmes.

The cost to hire a court is £8 per hour and an annual membership costs £50 which then allows you to book courts for free. This membership will allow access to, and use of, any of the borough’s eleven public tennis courts sites. Juniors under 16 years of age are entitled to free membership.

Any income received, from the use of the courts, will go directly back into a refurbishment fund which will ensure that, over the coming years, the borough’s tennis courts will be maintained to a high standard.

ClubSpark, a new online tool, is now live and manages and promotes tennis facilities. For the three tennis court sites with gate access, all payments and bookings for tennis courts are now made through this new system.

In order to book a court, tennis players need to create an online account with ClubSpark. Once they register, they can book a court and will receive a four digit pin code. This pin code will then need to be entered at the gate to gain access to the court.

The other eight tennis court sites are also managed by this system but do not have gate access. For these courts, residents can book their court through ClubSpark and they will receive confirmation of the booking with the date, time and court that they have booked.

Cllr Meena Bond, Richmond Cabinet Member for Sport, said:

“As Wimbledon fever is about to take hold, I know that there will be a sudden surge of people wanting to play tennis in the borough. Tennis is a popular sport in Richmond and the courts are always very busy when the weather starts to get a bit warmer.

“We’re really pleased to be managing the borough’s tennis courts once more and believe these improvements and easy access booking will encourage even more people to have a go.”

For more information and membership information visit the Tennis webpage.

Watch a promotion video with an interview from Cllr Bond.

Notes for editors

The tennis court sites are:

  • Cambridge Gardens, East Twickenham
  • Carlisle Park, Hampton
  • King Georges’ Field, Ham                           
  • Kings Field, Hampton Wick
  • Kneller Gardens, Twickenham
  • Moormead, St Margaret’s
  • Old Deer Park, Richmond
  • Palewell Common, East Sheen
  • Sheen Common, East Sheen
  • Westerley Ware, Kew
  • York House Gardens, Twickenham

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Reference: P301/17

Updated: 30 June 2017