Seaford Town Council’s official opening of its 3 brand new tennis courts within The
Salts Recreation Ground on Saturday 21st May 2022 saw a fantastic day with a
great turn out.
The day started with the Town Crier, Peter White, announcing the event in Seaford’s
town centre and then shortly afterwards at the courts, where he also acknowledged
the part funders involved: Lewes District Council, Sport England, and the Lawn
Tennis Association (LTA) the governing body of tennis in Great Britain.
The tennis courts were then officially opened by the Mayor of Seaford, Olivia
Honeyman, supported by the Young Mayor Erin Franklin and Deputy Young Mayor
Also in attendance were members of the public, a representative from the LTA,
Seaford Town Councillors, and Seaford Town Council Officers.
Seahaven FM supported the event by kindly loaning their PA system, and
broadcasting the event the following day:
http://listenagain.seahavenfm.com/index.php?id=61929 (coverage of the tennis
courts starts at around 16:42).
The courts were free for all to use from 11:00am to 9:00pm. Free rackets and tennis
balls were also available to borrow to have a knock around. Alongside this, three
coaches were on hand, serving up free tennis tips to players.
The event was also supported by the nearby Salts Café, who served up a promotion
of scones, jam, cream and strawberries.
The day was a great success, attracting a steady stream of players of all ages
throughout the day.
Mayor and Cllr Honeyman said, “It’s been a good morning and great to see people
using the courts”.
Jemima Lee, LTA’s South East Participation Development Manager said, “It is
fantastic to see the courts refurbished with the addition of floodlights and gate
access system to aid all year round play and improve the customer journey to court
and we’re very pleased to be working with Seaford Town Council to develop their
park courts and help open tennis up to more local people. Tennis courts in parks
play a key role in introducing people to tennis, with around 1.7million people across
Britain playing on park courts in the last 12 months. The Lawn Tennis Association
(LTA) is committed to promoting tennis and working with Council’s to implement
sustainable, low-cost usage models for park tennis courts to ensure they continue to
serve as hubs to bring individuals and communities together through tennis”.
Booking a court is a straightforward four-step process:-
1. Go to www.clubspark.lta.org.uk/thesaltstennis/Booking
2. Select an available court and time
3. Pay online to confirm your booking. This will be emailed to you with the gate
4. Enter the pin code in the to the gate keypad at your allocated time slot, and
Special thanks for everyone’s support on the day and helping to make this happen.
It was a pleasure to see the courts being so busy and well used.
The development of the new tennis courts contributes to the achievement of one of
the Town Council’s five long term strategic objectives for the town: To improve and
maintain the recreational facilities.