Photo: Ashford Borough Council

With sports facilities now open as lockdown eases, there are a wide range of options for anyone wanting to try a new sport or get back into one you love.

The facilities at Pitchside in Stanhope have been improved while they were closed, with new floodlights on the 3G and grass pitch, new goals, resurfacing, landscaping, fencing and a new boiler installed in the changing rooms. The £100,000 investment took place in the spring.

A short video tour of the improvements and facilities is online at www.ashford.gov.uk/things-to-do/active-ashford.

To make it easier to book the tennis courts at Courtside, these can now be booked online through the LTA Rally website. Visit www.ashford.gov.uk/things-to-do/active-ashford and click through to the LTA Rally website. If you want to book other courts you can call 01233 330232.

LTA Rally was launched last year and allows people to find courts, coaches and people to play with near them in a matter of minutes. It forms part of the national governing body’s drive to open tennis up and continue increasing participation by making it easier to find a court and someone to play with.

Plans are in place to have an online booking system for Courtside and Pitchside later on in the year.

By Ed