Borough Insight

Changes to the borough's tennis courts

From April 2024, tennis courts in Epsom & Ewell are moving to a ‘pay to play’ scheme.

Any revenue generated will be reinvested back into the courts for future improvements and maintenance.

Pricing is outlined below:

Annual household subscription: unlimited play for the whole household on any court for a year. Families on low income benefits can claim a 50% discount.


Pay as you go: cost per hour for one court


Additional cost per hour for floodlights (Court Recreation Ground only)


Subscriptions, courts and free coaching sessions can be booked via Epsom & Ewell’s ClubSpark web page:


Why has EEBC partnered with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA)?

The project is part of a nationwide investment by the UK Government and LTA Tennis Foundation, delivered by the LTA, to refurbish public tennis courts across Great Britain, and open up the sport to many more people. This investment will see thousands of existing park tennis courts in poor or unplayable condition brought back to life for the benefit of communities across the country through renovation works, and improved court accessibility with new gate-access technology and booking systems.

Why do people need to pay to use the courts?

It is important that park tennis courts are sustainable and money can be set aside for repair and maintenance, to ensure courts do not fall into disrepair in the years ahead, and are available for generations to come. All income generated will be going back into the improvement of the facilities with a priority of improving the courts at Gibraltar Recreation Ground and Poole Road Recreation Ground first.

Why has gate access technology been installed?

Evidence from sites across the country is that installing gate access technology actually increases participation, as people can book a court online in advance, and know it will definitely be available when they arrive. It also means that free tennis sessions and coaching can be scheduled on the courts at specific times. Gate access technology also helps reduce anti-social behaviour and vandalism.

What help is there for those on a low income to participate?

Families on low income benefits can claim a 50% discount on an annual subscription. There will also be free, weekly coaching sessions arranged for all ages, playing levels and experience where equipment is provided, meaning that people will not need someone to play with or even their own racket.

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