There are 29 public tennis courts maintained by the borough at twelve sites These are currently available free of charge. There was charging until 2001 but the cost of collection began to outweigh the court fees. Whilst the courts are generally in reasonable condition and used to some extent, the new Liberal Democrat/Residents administration believes that more could be done to ensure people take up the challenge to lead more healthy lives and part of that is to facilitate an increase in tennis participation across Elmbridge.
From May 2017 the borough will introduce an on-line booking system – supported by the borough’s call centre service for those without access to the internet. The courts will be made secure and the booking system will allow people access once they have paid.
The plan is supported by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) which is providing funding, assisting with the tennis development plan, communications plan and high profile tennis campaign to promote activity at the public courts.
There will be two simple payment options, both of which will provide good value for money when compared with the cost of other sports activities.
Family membership. At £36 (up to 5 people living at the same address) and could be transferred from one family member to another and renewed annually. Once the annual payment had been made, all subsequent court bookings are free of charge. Members will be able to book up to seven days in advance and play up to two hours every day across all borough venues.
Pay & Play. For £5 (£2.50 per court per hour for concessions linked to the More card) customers will be able to book a court three days in advance.
There will also be preferred coaching scheme to deliver a high quality, inclusive tennis programme for all ages and abilities across the borough’s courts to encourage greater participation. The successful coaching providers would be appointed through a formal competitive procurement process and would be required to hold and maintain LTA accreditation for the duration of the licence period.