GYBC serves up an 'ace' facility! Works now complete on Gorleston tennis courts
Work to transform the tennis courts along Gorleston's cliff top has now been completed and the courts will be open to the public for free as part of a short-term testing period from Saturday, July 1.
The works included the resurfacing and refurbishment of all six courts, new perimeter fencing and the installation of a 'smart gate', with all bookings now to be made online by visiting www.lta.org.uk/book and searching for 'Gorleston Clifftops'. The courts will be available to book free of charge until the conclusion of the upcoming Wimbledon Championships, with a small charge then being applied to bookings from Monday, July 17, onwards.
Using the online booking system, players will be able to reserve slots on the courts and be given a unique PIN code which can be used on the Smart Gate to gain access at the booked time. It is hoped in the long-term this will ensure maximum court usage, increase participation and support the sustainable operation and maintenance of the courts to a high standard.
The investment for the redevelopment was provided by the Government and the Lawn Tennis Association as part of their joint investment of more than £30m to refurbish public tennis courts across Britain and support a new generation of players to get access to the sport.
Councillor Emma Flaxman-Taylor, portfolio holder for housing, health and communities at Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: '' The improvements to the tennis facilities located on the cliffs are a welcome addition to the seafront and another attraction for our residents and visitors to enjoy this summer and beyond.''
Julie Porter, Chief Operating Officer at the LTA, said "After months of hard work, we're delighted to see these Gorleston Cliffs tennis courts officially back open to the public, and in better shape than ever. Public tennis courts are such vital facilities for getting active and we want as many people as possible, of all ages and abilities, to pick up a racket and enjoy playing tennis. Thanks to this investment from the UK Government and LTA Tennis Foundation, the sport will be opened up to more players, for years to come."