Tennis courts at an East Lancashire park have reopened following a £48,000 renovation funded by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

The courts at Oak Hill Park in Accrington have undergone extensive work to ensure viability for years to come, including resurfacing works, improvements to the existing fencing, and a new gate system.

The refurbishment is part of the biggest ever investment in parks' tennis facilities across the country, in which thousands of courts in poor and unplayable condition are being brought back to life for the benefit of communities.

The Oak Hill Park courts are now available to book via the LTA website, and the new booking system and gate access means it is now easier to get a space to play.

The LTA and Hyndburn Council are also working together to launch a range of affordable coach-led sessions at Oak Hill Park, as well as weekly free park tennis sessions, ensuring there are regular opportunities for anyone to play.

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Cllr Steven Smithson, deputy leader of Hyndburn Council and portfolio holder for parks and green spaces, said: “The improvements provide three top-quality tarmac surfaced courts.

“The small fees will ensure the courts are maintained to this high standard for years to come and the council is committed to improving facilities in parks and green spaces across Hyndburn.”

Cllr Marlene Howarth, leader of Hyndburn Council, said: “Park tennis courts are vital in providing opportunities for children and adults to get active, delivering significant physical and mental health and wellbeing benefits to participants.

“Accessible facilities in parks are particularly critical to opening up the sport to people from all backgrounds. We are working closely with the LTA and local tennis clubs to develop a range of coaching and free park tennis opportunities alongside the new booking in advance to guarantee availability feature.”

Julie Porter, chief operating officer at the LTA, said: “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, the sport will be opened up to more players for years to come.”