Good News from Blakers Park

Local tennis players have successfully formed a group to manage the two public tennis courts at Blakers Park in Fiveways, Brighton.

Blakers now expect to have both courts fully refurbished and resurfaced ahead of the 2023 Parks League season.

Blakers have two teams competing in the Parks League. Their first team will provisionally play in Division 3 next season, with Blakers A in Division 4.

The two tennis courts at Blakers are presently in poor condition and towards the end of their natural life. Jamie Davies of the Cleveland Arms pub explains “We have formed a new Blakers Park Tennis CIC, and have worked through a proposal with Matt Glazier from the LTA. He has helped us put the right things in place to move the club forward in the future.

“We have submitted an application to Brighton & Hove City Council, and they will now arrange a survey, to take place September 2022.

“We are looking at a full resurface of both courts, plus new fencing where required. An electronic gate with pin code access will be installed.

“Given its favourable location, Blakers has significant local demand for tennis, but we cannot capitalise on this at present because of the state of the courts. We are pushing to get the work done this winter in order to be open for business for the beginning of the 2023 season.

“We are keen to enter a third Parks League team for Blakers at some point in the future.”

“The facility improvement works are still subject to final agreement between the LTA and B&HCC,” according to the LTA.

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