Organizations are invited to participate in the tender process for the operation of public tennis courts in the Warwick district.
The process will be in place by the end of this month and Warwick District Council (WDC) wants the new arrangements to be in place by spring 2023.
Funding was obtained to resurface the courts in Victoria Park, replace current floodlights with LED lights and install an online reservation and payment system.
WDC says this will ‘elevate these courts to the same standards as Christchurch Gardens [also in Leamington]”.
Councilor Moira-Ann Grainger, WDC’s portfolio holder for Neighborhood and Recreation, said: “We know how much our residents value the availability of grassroots sport at their local community sites, and we want to make sure we we can continue to offer everyone the best value that we can, whether it’s our rising stars of the future, or families and friends playing together for recreation, fun and fitness.
“This bidding process provides the council with an opportunity to increase its tennis offering across the district and provides a stream of funding to reinvest in maintaining, improving and securing the long-term future. term of tennis in this district.”
Claire Pomfret, who has run the VP tennis club on the courts of Victoria Park since 2012, is campaigning to keep the club operating there.
In June, she launched a petition against the next tender and criticized the evaluation report which triggered the process.
She said: “Our main criticism of the report is that we are being judged on results that we were never asked to achieve.”
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WDC said: “VP Tennis currently operate the tennis courts at Victoria Park and will now receive six months’ notice, in accordance with the terms of their licence, to take into account the outcome of the tender process.
“VP Tennis can bid for the operation of the tennis courts if they wish, and can draw on their experience in providing a tennis supply at Victoria Park.”