Tennis courts

Barry Tennis Courts reopen with major upgrades

THE tennis courts at Barry’s Romilly Park have now reopened following improvement works carried out by the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Tennis Wales and Sport Wales.

The courts now have modern surfaces, as well as a new gate access system.

The system, called ClubSpark, allows people to search, book and pay for courts online.

It is hoped that the new system will prevent vandalism on the courts.

Although there is a fee to reserve a court, with no membership or priority system in place, the courts will operate on a not-for-profit basis, with money reinvested in maintenance and any surplus used to fund the tennis activity at Romilly Park and the wider Vale of Glamorgan. There will be options to purchase an annual family pass or a student pass for a one-time discounted fee.

The Vale Tennis Academy will offer training programs for all ages and all levels on the courts of the Parc de Romilly.

Similarly, Tennis Wales has signaled plans to carry out community engagement activities to involve more people in tennis.

Cllr Gwyn John, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Wellbeing, said: “The council is committed to providing the best possible facilities for its residents to enjoy a active and healthy lifestyle.

“This goal is shared by Tennis Wales and Sport Wales who have played an important role in the refurbishment of the courts at Romilly Park.

“It is hoped that the works will help increase the number of people who regularly play tennis in this much-loved location.”

Tennis Wales Head of Attendance Jamie Clewer said: “We are committed to opening up tennis and making the sport accessible to everyone in Wales.

“Renovating the park’s tennis courts, like these superb facilities at Parc de Romilly, is key to achieving this goal.

“We look forward to seeing these courts used by the local community for many years to come, raising the profile of tennis in the area and seeing more people play recreational and club tennis.”

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