The RENOVATION works will upgrade the tennis courts at two parks in Pontypool, while plans are in place to also repair the courts in Cwmbran.
The tennis courts at Pontypool Park and Panteg Park in Griffithstown will be refurbished thanks to a £16,000 grant from the Torfaen Sports Development Tennis Focus Sports Programme.
Court surfaces will be cleaned and repaired, and new electronic gates and lighting will be installed.
The Torfaen Sports Development team are working with Tennis Wales to install the new closed technology system at Pontypool Park, which will be completed by October.
Court users will be able to reserve a time slot and will receive a code to unlock the door. The projectors will turn on and off automatically at the start and end of the session.
Local pickleball fans will also benefit from the upgrades, with the addition of five marked pickleball courts.
Holly Hinchey, Torfaen Sports Development Manager, said: “After a number of pilot projects to identify a need for tennis in Torfaen, we are really excited to complete the renovations and bring tennis closer to the community.
“Tennis is a great way to develop coordination, fitness and fun for all ages and abilities at an affordable price.”
Over the next year, the tennis courts at Cwmbran Park will also be added to the refurbishment programme.
Little Hitters Tennis hopes to organize training sessions for the next generation of tennis fans, as well as mini-festivals and competitions on the new courts.
Jane Jones of Little Hitters said: “We are always looking for volunteers to help run sessions and help locals move up the coaching and officiating ladder, they just need to get in touch.”