Four tennis courts in Milton Keynes have been resurfaced and will be opened back up for the public for the first time in nearly a decade.
MK Inclusive Tennis and MK City Tennis, in partnership with MK Academy and Bucks Lawn Tennis Association, have come together to restore the courts, based at MK Academy, to their former glory, enabling access for both pupils and the local community.
This marks the first step in their joint venture to make tennis accessible and affordable to all in the town.
MK Inclusive Tennis is a not for profit organisation, founded in 2014, delivering tennis to disabled or socially disadvantaged young people and adults in Milton Keynes. They will be sharing the courts with MK City Tennis who will be helping more people access affordable tennis sessions in MK by running pay and play sessions for adults, enabling access to tennis regularly, without having to commit to an annual membership. Part of the initiative run by MK Inclusive Tennis and MK City Tennis will also be to provide taster sessions in schools to increase opportunities to children to access tennis at an early age,
Dara Carroll, principal at MK Academy, said: “I am delighted that academy students are going to be able to benefit from the refurbished tennis courts and that we are able to extend this opportunity to the wider community by working in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association”
Nina Bridge, Lawn Tennis Association Tennis Development Officer said: “Tennis is one of the few sports you can play at any age and our mission at the Lawn Tennis Association is to get more people playing tennis more often. By working in partnership with organisations such as MK Academy, MK City Tennis and MK Inclusive Tennis we are enabling more people the chance to get involved in our sport. So whether it’s spending more quality time as a family or you’re looking for a fun and new way to stay active, we’re delighted that these courts will provide an affordable and fun way for individuals and families in Milton Keynes to give tennis a go.”