Tennis courts across the borough are set to receive a much-needed makeover to the tune of more than £200,000.

As many as six parks across the borough will receive a slice of the funding to refurbish its tennis courts over the coming weeks and in time for summer.

Oldham Council and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) have partnered on the scheme in hopes it will prove a "smash hit" with players of all ages and abilities.

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The sites earmarked for rejuvenation include Alexandra Park, which will receive £105,365 for the makeover, Chadderton Hall Park (costing £49,210), Higher Crompton Park (£43,465), Dunwood Park (£19,290), Werneth Park (£6,200) and Lower Memorial Park (£5,790).

The improvements range from resurfacing work through to new fencing, gating and line marking.

The council said further developments could be made to introduce an online booking system, so the courts can be booked in advance.

The plan seeks to improve the courts ahead of the busy summer season and work is expected to start in the coming weeks at a time when they are traditionally quiet.

However, so that the refurbishments can be carried out quickly, the courts will be closed to the public.

The tennis courts in Alexandra Park, which are among the busiest in Oldham, will be the first to be upgraded.

Councillor Peter Dean, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture, said: “This funding is a real boost for the town and our communities.

“I’d like to thank our officers for securing the money as it will breathe new life into the facilities, some of which are looking a bit tired.

“Our courts are already well used but better and improved facilities will hopefully encourage even more people to visit our parks, have fun playing tennis and be more active.”

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