University serves up largest tennis facility in Reading18 September 2017
The University of Reading is now home to Reading's largest tennis facility, following the completion of the £850,000 TennisPark.
Opening today at Whiteknights campus, students, staff and the local community can choose from a total of eight courts to play on, including three brand new courts covered by a weatherproof dome.
TennisPark offers high quality courts for all year round play. It encompasses five existing outdoor courts - all of which have been resurfaced and fitted with new floodlights - and the new weather tight, floodlit and insulated domed courts, which will be heated during winter.
The project was co-funded by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), who helped fit the courts to LTA-approved standards. As an extension to the University's popular SportsPark, TennisPark offers club membership and coaching for students, staff and the community, including junior memberships and concessions.
On the creation of the TennisPark, John Golding, LTA's regional manager, said: "We are delighted to be able to support the University of Reading with the development of the TennisPark. There's already an extensive community coaching programme, good links with the local tennis club and an extensive student tennis programme. Investing in the facilities at the University ensures this programme will develop further."
Iain Akhurst, Director of Sport at SportsPark at the University of Reading, said: "It's fantastic that we can now include amazing all-year round tennis courts with all our other great quality, affordable and easily accessible sports facilities for everyone's health and wellbeing at the heart of our campus."
Visit the TennisPark website for membership and coaching details: www.sport.reading.ac.uk/tennis.