Oxford City Council and Parks Tennis nets top tennis award

Published: Tuesday, 7th March 2017

Oxford City Council and partner Parks Tennis have been named the Community Venue Award winner for Oxfordshire in the British Tennis Awards.

The awards, run by the Lawn Tennis Association, Oxfordshire LTA and sponsor Aegon, recognise excellence in the field.

The City Council and Parks Tennis won for their investment, promotion and development of the community tennis courts and programmes in Oxford’s parks.

The award will be presented at a ceremony on Thursday 9 March at North Oxford Golf Club.

As the Oxfordshire winner, the City Council and Parks Tennis are now shortlisted in the East Region awards.

Oxford City Council has been working in partnership with Parks Tennis (previously Premier Tennis) for three years to bring low-cost tennis and coaching for all ages and abilities in Oxford's public parks.

Over the last four years, the City Council has invested more than £220,000 in public tennis courts, including improvements to the courts, booking system and programmes.

More than 4,000 people have taken part in community tennis in that time, with 3,000 people playing on the City Council’s community courts in 2016 – ranging in age from four years old to 83 years young.

Oxford City Council owns tennis facilities in Alexandra Park, Botley Recreation Ground, Bury Knowle Park, Cutteslowe Park, Florence Park and Hinksey Park.

Tennis courts can be booked online at www.parkstennis.co.uk/oxford.

Oxford City Council aims to tackle health inequalities in Oxford and encourage more people to take part in sport and physical activity. Men in the most deprived area of Oxford die, on average, 9.7 years younger than those in the least deprived area.

Councillor Linda Smith, Executive Board Member for Leisure, Parks and Sport, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and testament to the great work carried out by Oxford City Council and Parks Tennis over the last year to make community tennis in Oxford engaging and accessible to everyone.

“Tennis is a great sport for all ages and we hope that people in Oxford pick up a racket and have a go at their local court.”