Southend hopes to inspire the next generation of British tennis talent with newly refurbished courts and a series of summer programmes.
The town famous for producing the Lloyd tennis siblings David, John and Tony is promoting its upgraded outdoor courts in two public parks, Chalkwell Park and Priory Park.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council (SBC) appointed Essex business ETC Sports Surfaces, which collaborated with long term sports fencing partner Zaun, to put in four new outdoor courts and fencing in the two parks.
Now Fusion Lifestyle, which has been working in partnership with SBC and the Lawn Tennis Association to provide a community tennis scheme and improve access and participation, is running its Great Outdoor Campaign to encourage players to perfect their skills on the outdoor courts, starting from 20 June, the week before Wimbledon.
Fusion’s Sima Parker said: “Now is the perfect time to be inspiring people into the game, with the French Open starting next week, the increasing global success of British stars such as Andy Murray and Johanna Konta and with just over a month to Wimbledon.”
The outdoor courts are accessible via a fob, which costs just £27.50 per household for a year – or just £25 with a Southend Advantage Card. Players can find details at www.southendparkstennis.com.
Zaun is the only UK manufacturer of bespoke tennis mesh – its Advantage Tennis fencing eliminates many of the downsides of traditional tennis chain link fencing, which deforms over time and is easy to cut disfigure and vandalise.
Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems manufacturing the UK’s entire system. Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations, including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.
Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business, including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.
Zaun was founded in 1996 and remained a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai. It manufactures to ISO 9001 standards. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.
Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.