St Ann's Tennis
Tennis at St Ann's Well Gardens
St Ann’s Tennis Community Interest Company was set up in summer 2020 in order to manage and maintain the eight tennis courts in St Ann’s Well Gardens, Hove.
St Ann’s Tennis has launched a long term programme of court improvements, which will culminate in a full resurfacing of all the tennis courts in 2021.
St Ann’s Tennis is a registered LTA club, and is planning to enter a team in the Brighton & Hove Parks League season in 2021.
What is a CIC?
A Community Interest Company (CIC) is just like a normal limited company but with certain specific conditions. CIC assets must belong to the community (which the courts in St Ann’s Well Gardens do), the CIC must be a non-profit organisation and it can’t be sold to an outside commercial buyer. All of these things together will secure the future of these courts and enable St Ann’s Tennis to operate as a self-funded tennis facility.
CICs are actually very similar to charities but are usually not dependent on donations and fundraising. St Ann’s Tennis will be self-funding, generating a regular income through “pay-and-play” court bookings and Club membership fees which can then be reinvested in ensuring the courts are well-maintained for the good of the whole community.
As well as backing from the Council, St Ann’s Tennis is supported by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) who have given the CIC a grant for the two electronic gates. St Ann’s Tennis is now a registered LTA Club and has introduced the LTA’s easy-to-use online ClubSpark booking system.
Brighton & Hove Council no longer pays for the upkeep of any of the park courts in the city – and St Ann’s is just the latest facility to switch to a self-funded management model. Hove Park, Dyke Park and Queens Park are great examples of what can be achieved when self-funding through an online booking system is introduced.
The LTA Welfare Officer for St Ann’s Tennis is Conrad Brunner. The Welfare Officer is responsible for promoting safeguarding within their venue and working with others to ensure a safe and inclusive environment is achieved.