We Do Tennis to lead Newcastle’s new city-wide tennis programme

As we prepare to unveil the newly refurbished park tennis courts across Newcastle this Spring – which has been made possible thanks to the LTA’s (Lawn Tennis Association) Parks Tennis Project – we’re excited to announce We Do Tennis as operators of the new city-wide tennis programme.

Community Interest Company We Do Tennis works with local authorities, charities and local tennis clubs to improve their coaching programmes and operations. As a not-for-profit organisation, We Do Tennis exists to benefit the local communities it works in – using any income for the public good.

Working with Urban Green Newcastle and the LTA, We Do Tennis will be delivering a programme of exciting events and activities across Newcastle’s parks, giving everyone across the city the chance to pick up a racket and enjoy a game of tennis.

Some of the activities local communities can get involved in include:

Free Park Tennis

LTA Free Park Tennis is a new programme launching this year that gives more people the chance to use and enjoy the tennis courts. Offering fun, social tennis sessions at a local park court, Free Park Tennis is free for all ages and abilities, running for one hour every Saturday or Sunday at 10am by a team of trained volunteers.

We Do Tennis are looking for local tennis activators to help deliver Free Parks Tennis in Newcastle. To find out more, complete their Expression of Interest form.

Coaching programmes

We Do Tennis will be offering a comprehensive programme of coaching across Newcastle’s parks for Juniors and Adults to help improve each player’s game. The programme will also include other tennis activity such as Walking Tennis, and social doubles. To find out more, and book on as sessions are added, head to www.wdtvenues.co.uk/newcastle-upon-tyne-parks.

Open days

We Do Tennis will be launching the new programme in Newcastle with a Tennis Festival weekend in early May. Free tennis session will be available for all ages and abilities, and people are invited to come and find out more about We Do Tennis and what they have to offer. You don’t even need a racket or balls to join the fun – everything will be provided.

Community outreach

We Do Tennis are keen to embed the parks tennis programme within local communities to ensure residents get the most from the new courts. Community organisations – including educational institutions, disability and long term illness support groups, and businesses – are encouraged to get in touch with the team and discuss opportunities to work together; helping to open up tennis for everyone. You can contact We Do Tennis by emailing enquiries@wedotennis.co.uk

Matt Whitaker, Director of We Do Tennis, said: “We are a not-for-profit organisation focused on improving, growing, and securing the future of tennis at all levels. We are extremely excited to be working with Urban Green Newcastle, Newcastle City Council, and the residents of the local area to provide a first-class tennis offering; including opportunities for court booking, Annual Passes, coaching, social tennis, and other tennis activity.
“Improving the facilities is a great first step and our role is to activate tennis in the area and get lots of happy people with a racket in their hand. Keep an eye on our website – www.wdtvenues.co.uk/newcastle-upon-tyne-parks – for more info on what is happening as we move forward!”

Carol Pyrah, Chief Executive of Urban Green Newcastle, said: “We Do Tennis have a proven track record in delivering first class tennis experiences, and we’re delighted to be working with them – in partnership with the LTA and Newcastle City Council – to give the people of Newcastle access to top quality, professional tennis courts in seven of the city’s parks. 
“The newly refurbished tennis courts will be open from 06:00 – 21:00 seven days a week, and the new gated access systems will ensure courts are available when people want to play. The new entry system will make the park tennis courts safer spaces to visit and enjoy, whilst at the same time reducing anti-social behaviour, which can be very costly to repair.
“In addition to the free-to-play tennis courts in Nuns Moor Park and Elswick Park, We Do Tennis will also provide free tennis sessions at all the park tennis courts later this year.”

The refurbishment of the park tennis courts in Armstrong Park, Elswick Park, Exhibition Park, Gosforth Central Park, Leazes Park, Nuns Moor Park, and Paddy Freeman’s Park has been made possible thanks to a nationwide investment by the UK Government and LTA Tennis Foundation, delivered by the LTA. The ‘Parks Tennis Project’ refurbishes public tennis courts across Great Britain, and opens up the sport to many more people. To find out more, visit the LTA website.

An exciting announcement about the launch of the new tennis courts will be made soon. If you’d like to find out more, sign up to receive our newsletter or follow us on social media.

If you have any questions about how to book a tennis court, or how much it costs to use the courts in Armstrong Park, Exhibition Park, Gosforth Central Park, Leazes Park, and Paddy Freeman’s Park, you’ll find some helpful FAQs here (scroll to the bottom of the page).

We look forward to seeing you on the courts very soon!