New Tennis Key Fob Scheme launched in Cirencester

"We now have excellent, easy to use, tennis facilities right in the heart of the town, accessible to everyone at an affordable price",
Cirencester Town Council Mayor, Mark Harris

Tennis fever is about to hit the UK now that Wimbledon 2015 is on the horizon. To coincide with this great time of year, a new key fob system has been launched for the tennis courts in St Michael’s Park. Households can now purchase a tennis key fob to the courts and play unlimited tennis, all year round, from dawn to after sun down.

This is a new initiative by Cirencester Town Council, in collaboration with the British Lawn Tennis Association. Its aim is to encourage the community to play more tennis by providing affordable and user friendly access to the courts.

The scheme costs just £30.00 per year, per household, providing up to 3 hours per week of tennis via online booking. Once registered for the scheme, a key fob is issued providing access to the courts. Bookings for tennis can be made up to seven days in advance and session times can be up to two hours of play at a time.

St Michael’s Park, located in the heart of Cirencester, provides the community with four excellent floodlit Macadam (asphalt) courts and up to four touchtennis courts, which were resurfaced in 2013.

The British Lawn Tennis Association, who originally kick started the scheme, wanted to encourage Local Authorities to embrace tennis and get more people on the courts playing the game. This vision was shared by Cirencester Town Council, who is one of the first councils in the country to get the scheme up and running and ready to use.

In addition, Cirencester Town Council has identified a wonderful opportunity to encourage everyone to play through the recent introduction of touchtennis. This version of the game uses a smaller court and a soft ball which enables people of all ages and ability to play and enjoy the game. touchtennis has initiated local interest. There are four courts available at St Michael’s. Tennis coaching is also available in the park for all standards and ages via the Tennis Plus Modern Academy and free tennis sessions will feature as part of the upcoming Love Parks Week later in July.

Cirencester Town Council Mayor, Mark Harris, is especially enthusiastic about the initiative; “we now have excellent, easy to use, tennis facilities right in the heart of the town, accessible to everyone at an affordable price. Playing tennis with your family and friends is a fantastic way to spend time together in the great outdoors and provides you with an excellent opportunity to socialise and meet other members of the community. “We encourage all you budding enthusiasts to register for a fob and start playing.”

Posted: 02/06/2015 16:07:27



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