1. Skip to content


Stay up to date with the latest news from Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity! Subscribe to our RSS Feed or follow us on Twitter. For news older than 6 months, please check out our News Archive.

First Ever Floodlit Public Courts In Oxford

Posted: Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:58



An event to mark re-opening of Florence Park's tennis facilities following a £250,000 pound investment from the LTA and Oxford City Council which will make them the first floodlight public courts in the city.

The new floodlight courts are set to add another 5,000 playing hours a year for local residents allowing them to play long into the evening for the first time.

LTA President Martin Corrie and Councillor Linda Smith, Executive Board Member for Leisure, Parks & Sport, Oxford City Council will be officially switching on the lights as part of the opening event with local school children and residents of all ages taking part in a range of tennis activities to celebrate the re-opening of courts and the growing numbers of people playing the game in the city.

Oxford City Council is now hoping to build on the recent investment at Florence Park with further improvements to grassroots facilities across the city thanks to the LTA's Transforming British Tennis Together initiative.

The £125 million funding programme aims to reduce the barriers to playing tennis by doubling the number of covered and floodlit courts across the country in the next decade and local authorities, clubs and community groups in the region are being encouraged to put forward their ideas to get their slice of the funding. A further £125 million could be provided through matched funding from local authorities and other organisations with a shared vision for growing the game.


Florence Park, Oxford, OX4 3PW


Thursday October 16th

15:00 till 17:00 (official switch on of the lights at 16:15)


Nina Graveson-Bridge from the LTA will be available to talk about the importance of improving grassroots facilities in getting more people playing and the opportunities offered by Transforming British Tennis Together across Oxford and the wider region

Councillor Linda Smith, Oxford City Council's Executive Board Member for Leisure, Parks and Sport will be available to talk about how the improvements to the facilities at Florence Park will help tackle health inequalities in Oxford.

Jeff Hunter from Park Tennis, the operators of Florence Park and park sites across the city will be available to talk about the specific tennis programmes run at Florence Park and the opportunities to expand the programme as a result of the improvements to the facilities.

A number of local players will also be available for interview to talk about the opportunities to play more tennis at Florence Park thanks to the improvements to the courts.


Please note that will be made available through event press officer on the day, Joel Essex

To confirm your attendance or book an interview slot, please contact Joel at joel.essex@runcommunications.co.uk / 07763129021

Tags: Featured, Physical Activity, Sport, Tennis