Harrow residents can look forward to an exciting summer of tennis as 28 refurbished tennis courts are set to reopen on Monday, June 19, 2023.
The extensive renovation project, made possible by a generous £587,000 grant from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and the Government, has transformed the courts, offering improved facilities for players of all levels.
The four-month refurbishment program was initiated following a comprehensive consultation last year. Thanks to the successful collaboration between the local authorities and the LTA, Harrow’s tennis courts have been restored to their former glory, erasing the effects of years of neglect.
Councillor Jean Lammiman, Portfolio Holder for Community & Culture at Harrow Council, expressed her delight at the completion of the project, stating, “We’re restoring pride back into our tennis courts, which had suffered enormously due to a decade of neglect. I am delighted that our newly refurbished courts are not only open, but open in time for the peak season with Wimbledon just around the corner.”
Beginning June 19, tennis enthusiasts will have access to 28 courts spread across 10 parks in Harrow. These include Byron Recreation (3 courts), Centenary Park (2 courts), Harrow Weald Recreation (4 courts), Headstone Manor Park (6 courts), Montesole Playing Fields (2 courts), Pinner Village Gardens (2 courts), Queensbury Park (2 courts), Rayners Mead (2 courts), Roxeth Recreation (2 courts), and West Harrow (3 courts).
While some courts are still undergoing final touches, including Chandos Recreation Ground, Kenton Recreation Ground, and Harrow Recreation Ground, the majority of the facilities will be fully operational. The remaining courts are expected to be completed in the coming weeks, ensuring all players have ample opportunities to enjoy the revitalised tennis experience.
To facilitate bookings, a new online system has been implemented. Starting Monday, June 12, residents can visit www.lta.org.uk/book to reserve their preferred court up to seven days in advance. The cost for court bookings will be £5 per hour, with concessions available at £4 per hour. QR codes displaying booking information will be placed in each park, while a helpline number will also be provided for those who prefer to make reservations over the phone.
In addition to providing a platform for tennis enthusiasts, Harrow’s refurbished courts aim to promote inclusivity and offer opportunities for newcomers to the sport. Free weekly coach-led sessions will be available at all 13 parks, accompanied by complimentary rental of tennis equipment. Furthermore, targeted group coaching sessions will be offered, allowing individuals to enhance their skills in a supportive environment. Interested participants are encouraged to book in advance to secure their spot.
Julie Porter, Chief Operating Officer at the LTA, expressed her excitement about the project’s completion, stating, “After months of hard work, we’re delighted to see park tennis courts across Harrow officially opening to the public, and in better shape than ever. Thanks to this investment, the sport will be opened up to more players for years to come.”
Sports Minister Stuart Andrew MP echoed Porter’s sentiment, emphasising the government’s commitment to promoting equal access to sports. He said, “We are committed to levelling up access to sport, which is so important for the nation’s physical and mental health. The Government and the LTA are working together to deliver thousands of refurbished courts across Great Britain, supported by £30 million of investment, including in Harrow.”