What are the court prices in Oxford?
This website lists all current tennis court prices for all venues, up to and including 6th April 2021, after which a price increase takes effect.
Adult courts at Alexandra Park, Bury Knowle Park, Cutteslowe Park and Florence Park are priced at £7 per court from 7th April 2021, or £1.75 per person for a game of doubles. Concession rates of £4 per court are available for juniors under 16 or seniors over 65. Courts at Florence Park that use floodlights are priced at £8 per court, or £2 per person for a game of doubles.
Courts at Botley Recreation Ground and Hinksey Park are free of charge.
Low income households or individuals who are unemployed and seeking to play but face difficulties in doing so should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How are prices set?
Oxford City Council sets all prices and reviews them annually.
When was the last court price increase?
The last court price increase was in 2015 before Oxford City Council appointed Premier Tennis to operate the parks courts and coaching programme. Charges to pay tennis at that time were paid on a per person basis making a court booking considerably more expensive. In 2016, Oxford City Council and Premier Tennis entered into partnership and reduced court prices to a flat £6 per court (for up to 4 adult players) or £3 per court (if a junior under 16 or senior over 65 was playing) so that tennis could be more accessible to more people. Prices have not changed since 2016; although a price increase was approved in January 2020, it was deferred from being introduced due to the uncertainty of Covid-19. The new prices represents an annual increase of between 2.7% and 5.9%.
Why have prices increased?
Oxford City Council has invested in excess of £200k in public tennis facilities since 2015, most significantly at Florence Park and Alexandra Park. Parks Tennis CIC, a Community Interest Company trading as Premier Tennis, operates in order to safeguard the future of these public tennis courts, in partnership with Oxford City Council and the Lawn Tennis Association. Since leisure is not a Local Authority statutory service, and future funding cannot be guaranteed, capital must be raised for ongoing maintenance and for the future upgrading/replacement of surfaces, nets, fences and gates. Prices are set at a level that reflect good value whilst enabling the long-term sustainability of these much valued public facilities. Additional income raised will contribute towards reinvestment in public tennis facilities at other sites across the city.