National Tennis Association is delighted to announce a new 10-year agreement with Newbury Town Council, Newbury Tennis Club and Thatcham Tennis Club.
With support from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) National Tennis Association have brought together these venues under the Newbury and Thatcham Community Tennis banner, to enable the local community to easily access tennis courts and provide the best possible tennis service.
Since launching in March 2017, the refurbished tennis courts in Victoria Park have been a great success with both membership and coaching programmes for adults and children.
Newbury Tennis Club, boasting four floodlit courts, has also gone from strength to strength during this time with both venues coaching facilities being offered by the National Tennis Association (NTA), in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). Thatcham Tennis Club also has two courts, owned by the Thatcham Memorial Foundation, which was being underutilised.
Cllr Sarah Slack, Chair of the Council’s Community Services Committee said, “The Town Council saw this as an opportunity to increase the number of players at Victoria Park and encourage residents to enjoy tennis and give it a try without being restricted to just one venue. The main objective of both the NTA and the LTA is to increase awareness of tennis and encourage people of all backgrounds and ages to have a go at playing tennis. It’s a great game! We are delighted to be the first Town Council to enter into such an agreement which will benefit residents of Newbury and make tennis more accessible for everyone”.
Mike Piggford, LTA Parks Investment Delivery Partner, said, “This new agreement brings a comprehensive and accessible tennis offer to Newbury and Thatcham, opening tennis up to everyone in the local community and creating the platform to allow many more people to experience the mental and physical health benefits the sport can bring.”
Ed Nieburg, Director National Tennis Association said, “National Tennis Association (NTA) are thrilled to partner with organisations in Newbury & Thatcham to offer better access to tennis. NTA’s vision is to develop, inspire and educate more people about tennis, and it’s great, through these partnerships, to have successfully developed a unique joined-up approach. As a result, Newbury & Thatcham Community Tennis now enables more accessibility and affordability for people to access tennis within the local community.”
About Newbury and Thatcham Community Tennis
We have over 700 members, thriving tennis venues and a large coaching programme – we are opening tennis up! Where else can you get all of this for just £45 per year:
– 9 tennis courts
– 7x floodlit courts
– Access to online court bookings & SmartAccess gates
– LTA Licensed coaching programmes for all ages and abilities
– Free Parking (excluding Victoria Park)
Annual Pass (£45 per year) – our most affordable way to play, giving your household access to book up to 8-hours of court time per week, at no extra cost and up to a week in advance.
Club Pass (£100 per year) – supercharge your game and join our tennis club pass. It offers your household up to 2-hours of court time per day, 7 days a week – if you have the energy, that’s access to play tennis for 30 solid days! It also comes with a two-week booking window, access to our weekly coach-led social sessions, option to represent in league matches and entry into our Wimbledon ballot!
Pay & Play (£6 per hour) – you can pay and play for £6 per court per hour.
All nine courts can be booked under one unified website: https://newburythatchamtennis.org.uk/.
This ensures that tennis is both accessible and affordable for the entire community.