MP Caroline Ansell joined cabinet minister Lucy Frazer at Fisherman’s Green yesterday to open the newly refurbished tennis courts that have been paid for by the government and the Lawn Tennis Association. 

Eastbourne received £100,000 to resurface and upgrade the Fisherman’s Green and Manor Park Gardens tennis courts as part of a wider £30 million government Park Tennis Project to upgrade 1000 community courts prior to this year’s Wimbledon Championships.

Lucy, who is the Culture, Media and Sport Secretary of State, toured the new facilities to highlight the national investment for the sport

“It was a pleasure to host the secretary of state in lovely Eastbourne today and for everyone to get a chance to see these excellent new courts, financed by the Government and LTA” said Caroline.

“Our town has a long history as a tennis town and with the sold-out Eastbourne International tennis tournament this week, we were a perfect place to celebrate the sport.”

The minister said: “Keeping the country active is a key priority for this Government, and access to grassroots sport is a vital part of that, whether you live in the middle of a city, or a small village.

As a massive tennis fan, I’m delighted that those in Eastbourne who may not have played before can now pick up a racket and give it a go, thanks to investment from the Government and Lawn Tennis Association.”

The courts are free to book and use for the public, with community coaching provided by Defiant Sports. 

Coaching courses for partially sighted, special educational needs and Ukrainian refugee children are also available.

Pictured: Caroline, Lucy Frazer and Scott Lloyd, CEO of the LTA