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Court Development

Building a New Court

Radley Real Tennis Court

The T&RA is able to offer a supporting role in dealing with schools, planners, architects and possible funding. This is achieved by either seconding our own experienced people or by recommending consultants. In the first instance, you should contact the office at Queen’s. We have a limited amount of our own funding available to assist court development through grants and loans.

The original report was compiled in 2007 and covered what had been learnt about court development and refurbishment over the preceding 15 years, starting with the construction aspects. This has been updated with the court elevations at Radley and the construction experience of Middlesex and Wellington (kindly authored by Peter Luck-Hille). These are ‘live’ documents and will be updated periodically, with new subjects added. It is intended to give interested parties some ’steer’ in the right direction when it comes to court construction and refurbishment.

Underpinning this PDF summary is much good detailed information provided by many people and clubs who have kindly contributed to the report. This information is held at the office, for those interested in seeing more detail. You can also be put in direct contact with those who have built or refurbished courts.

Everyone who has tried to build a court, or even refurbish one, will tell you that construction is the easy part. The struggle to find a site, convince planners, and secure funding is far more challenging. Courts have been built to varying specifications too, from the cheapest at about £0.5m to the most expensive at £1.7m.

With the kind permission of the Radley Estates Bursar, David Anderson, the following plans are available for download.

Bruce Paxton has recompleted a year-long investigation into the Bickley floor at Moreton Morrell, and what the club might be able to do with it to maintain the superb playing characteristics of the court as it ages. The report is available to other clubs and can be downloaded.