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Poole Residents Think New Tennis Courts Are Ace

Last week saw the 500th access key issued for the very successful Poole Park tennis court scheme.

A grant from the Lawn Tennis Association and match funding from Planning Obligations, meant that the courts were resurfaced with new fencing in the spring.

Cllr Judy Butt, Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, Borough of Poole, said: "Of those purchasing a key fob, 99% live in a BH postcode, which shows the facilities are hugely popular with local people. These much needed improvements have helped to engage new and existing players with tennis and offer them an affordable way to play.

"Borough of Poole hope the new courts will once again engage the community in our Flagship Park and enable more people to get involved in the sport of tennis at an affordable price."

The target for the first year was 180 key fob sales and so far, 512 key fobs have been sold. A key fob costs £24 a year, or £15 for Access to Leisure and Learning card holders. Of the key fob holders, the council is aware of an additional 981 people in their households playing, which means a total of 1493 people playing.

James Deem, Local Tennis Development Manager, said: "It’s wonderful to see the 500th key fob sold for these courts, and it is a great example of local people accessing affordable tennis in a community environment. It shows what can be achieved in a community setting with partnership working to get more people enjoying tennis."

To buy your access key and start your membership visit our tennis pages