Freedom Leisure is set to begin a five-year contract with Worcester City Council to run the operation of seven tennis courts across the City.
Freedom Leisure, a not-for-profit trust which already manages three leisure centres on behalf of Worcester City Council, will take over management of the Council-owned tennis courts in the city in January 2020 with building works commencing spring 2020.
As part of the arrangements, Freedom Leisure will take over management of seven courts - five in Cripplegate Park and two in Gheluvelt Park. The agreements supporting the £314,000 planned investment follow a successful bid from the City Council to the LTA – the national governing body for tennis in Britain.
We are currently working on a tennis programme for the courts across Worcester City. This will include a variety of membership options for both current Freedom Leisure members and non members. There will be an option to suit everyone!
Alongside memberships, we will also be offering a coaching programme for all ages. This will include 1-2-1 lessons, group lessons and tailor made programmes designed by our head tennis coach.
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We are delighted to have been selected as Worcester City Council’s partner on this tennis project. We’re really looking forward to developing the existing facilities and supporting the Council to build upon the current high quality facilities available. Supporting grass roots sports and young talented athletes is important to both ourselves, the LTA and Worcester City Council and these facilities are crucial to this, but tennis is also a great sport which can be enjoyed by all ages, and we also recognise its importance in helping to keep local residents active and happy – we are extremely keen to see more people from Worcester participating soon. We hope that our operational expertise, coupled with this local approach, will mean that the services will go from strength-to-strength in support of the objectives we share with the council.Ivan Horsfall-Turner, Freedom Leisure Managing Director