Smart Access for Bury Tennis

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Over 12,793 residents in Bury pick up a tennis racket in a variety of settings at least once per year.

There is a significant demand for parks tennis in Bury with 7 of 10 parks showing high penetration demand from Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) mapping within a 10 minute radius of peoples homes.

St Mary's Park has been the pilot venue to incorporate a test and learn approach through a range of community park tennis improvements which focusses on how parks tennis courts are managed and funded, developing a sustainable model to maintain good quality tennis provision in our borough whilst mitigating budget pressures for Bury Council.

Park players are generally less satisfied than club players with the ease of booking a court. In response to this insight, online booking has already been introduced at all of Bury’s community park tennis courts, helping to remove such barriers to playing on a park court. After registering once, courts can be booked in a matter of clicks through the LTA's new Rally app.


With over 1,600 registered clubspark users for St Mary's Park alone, online booking is proving to be very simple to use and allows customers to book and pay for courts/or book a free court in advance; guaranteeing a court time which is available when they want to play. The new gate access system has helped to reduce vandalism, dog fouling and protect the refurbished courts which make community park tennis a more attractive choice for users of all standards.


These major changes at St Mary’s Park are also supported by targeted opportunities ensuring tennis is available for everyone through our weekly Tennis for Free session.


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Over 12,793 residents in Bury pick up a tennis racket in a variety of settings at least once per year.

There is a significant demand for parks tennis in Bury with 7 of 10 parks showing high penetration demand from Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) mapping within a 10 minute radius of peoples homes.

St Mary's Park has been the pilot venue to incorporate a test and learn approach through a range of community park tennis improvements which focusses on how parks tennis courts are managed and funded, developing a sustainable model to maintain good quality tennis provision in our borough whilst mitigating budget pressures for Bury Council.

Park players are generally less satisfied than club players with the ease of booking a court. In response to this insight, online booking has already been introduced at all of Bury’s community park tennis courts, helping to remove such barriers to playing on a park court. After registering once, courts can be booked in a matter of clicks through the LTA's new Rally app.


With over 1,600 registered clubspark users for St Mary's Park alone, online booking is proving to be very simple to use and allows customers to book and pay for courts/or book a free court in advance; guaranteeing a court time which is available when they want to play. The new gate access system has helped to reduce vandalism, dog fouling and protect the refurbished courts which make community park tennis a more attractive choice for users of all standards.


These major changes at St Mary’s Park are also supported by targeted opportunities ensuring tennis is available for everyone through our weekly Tennis for Free session.


To sign up to One Community and keep up to date with everything going on in your area click here.

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  • Tennis Courts Access Gates - Open Discussion

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    What is smart access?

    The park will have a controller which connects to the internet via WiFi, 3G or 4G. Clubspark is constantly updating the controller with booking and access information to enable the instant access to the courts. The courts will have a gate fitted, with a code and proximity reader that connects to the controller and lock for the gate. The readers allow access when a code number is entered. A manual lock is used to exit so there’s no risk of being locked in.

     

    Launching early 2021 park tennis courts will benefit from new gate access technology 

    The LTA has committed grant funding in the region of £28k in support of our borough’s sustainable tennis development strategy because they recognise the strong potential to grow tennis participation within our communities. By facilitating your tennis journey and enhancing your customer experience we hope to encourage more people to choose a more healthy and active lifestyle.  So, if you are a user of Nuttall Park, Manchester Road Park, Bolton Road Park, Openshaw Park, Hamilton Road Park or Whitehead Park then please let us know what you think.


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