Freedom Leisure set to enter five-year tennis contract with Worcester City Council
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.
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.
Cllr Lynn Denham, Vice Chair of Worcester City Council’s Communities Committee, said: “The City Council is committed to ensuring Worcester is an active and healthy city and providing tennis in the parks is a significant development that I hope will increase participation in this very popular sport. I am also delighted that the LTA is making its first significant investment in Worcester, introducing a high quality partnership for our city.”
Jon Hughes, Regional Delivery Director at the LTA added: “The LTA is delighted to be an active partner within the Worcester Tennis Network, sharing a goal of encouraging more people to live an active, healthy and enjoyable life through our sport. The LTA’s vision is to open tennis up to more people and our investment in Worcester will do just that - providing increased opportunities for locals to pick up a racket and get on court. Supporting our sport at grassroots level is a key priority for us and we look forward to working closely with Worcester City Council and Freedom Leisure to develop the tennis offer across the city and its surrounding areas.”
Ivan Horsfall-Turner, Freedom Leisure Managing Director, said: “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.”