EASTBOURNE Borough Council has handed over the Old Town ternnis courts to a non-profit community company.

There are some free sessions but sadly not like there has been until now. It’s going to be £7 to pay and play.

Here’s Set2Win: “With the summer approaching, tennis fans in the town have more opportunities to learn and play the game thanks to a new partnership between Old Town Hub Community Interest Company and Eastbourne Borough Council.

Old Town Hub CIC has been formed as a non-profit community company and it aims to provide and maintain sustainable tennis facilities at Old Town Rec, Longland Road.

The council tennis courts have been managed recently by Wave Leisure.

Along with Eastbourne Borough Council and the Lawn Tennis Association, they have been working together to make tennis accessible to all in Eastbourne for many years.

Back in 2015, all the council tennis courts were resurfaced and fenced at a cost of £70k. Since then, the courts have been free and accessible; however the surface is deteriorating and becoming less safe to play with funds unavailable to make the courts better for the future.

Old Town Hub CIC have agreed with Eastbourne Borough Council and the Lawn Tennis Association to take on the management of the four courts to make tennis sustainable for the long term.

Craig Wells, Director of Old Town Hub CIC said: “The courts at Old Town Rec. are in need of investment for sustainable tennis for the long term. The court surface has had great use over the years; however, it is time for them to have some TLC to keep them safe for all to use,

“We are putting in place new gates to the courts with funding from the LTA; these will be installed week commencing June 14 and a booking system will be reintroduced to guarantee court availability. We are planning to replace the nets and the court surface will be fully painted to make them last for years to come.

”The courts will still have free tennis available at certain times in the week along with a free weekly coaching session. Courts can be booked online and each booking will get a self-generated code for access to the courts.

A Pay & Play fee of £7 will be in place as well as the option to have a £40 annual family household membership rather than having to pay for each booking. This money generated will be non-profit and put directly back into making the courts sustainable for the long term.

Tennis coaching is also in place now on the courts with Set2Win offering sessions including Diddy Tennis (2-4 year olds), Junior Tennis, Holiday Camps, Cardio Tennis, Adult Coaching & Mix-In and Individual lessons.

Download the free Set2Win app or following on Facebook & Instagram to look at sessions and book your place.

For more details on the proposal please contact us on set2win@gmx.com”