Court Lighting at QPTC
Queens Park Tennis Club has submitted planning permission to install LED court lighting on its four upper courts.
- Detailed plans now on display at QPTC clubhouse
- Modern, efficient LED lights: directional lighting with minimal spillage
- LTA support: “This will help provide tennis to the local community all year round”
Local residents and members of the public are invited to visit the QPTC clubhouse where sample photographs and graphic representations are now on display. Saturday and Sunday mornings 10am-12midday are the recommended visiting hours.
QPTC directors say: “We are proud of what the club has achieved since QPTC became a self-funding Community Interest Company two years ago. Our courts are used throughout the year by several hundred local people: children, students, parents and older players. We know that successful tennis clubs use year-round court lighting almost without exception, and we believe this initiative will allow us to take tennis to an even wider audience of people in the local area.
“Tennis is good for you – for fitness, human contact and mental health. We believe that a vibrant tennis club in this corner of Queens Park benefits the neighbourhood.”
“Significant advances in LED technology mean that modern court lighting systems are more efficient and more localised. These lights are super directional and the spillage levels are remarkably low. The lights will only be in operation when there is a confirmed booking for individual or group sessions. In accordance with local regulations, the court lighting will not operate after 10pm.”
QPTC coach Jimmy Smith says: “This proposal would significantly increase the coaching hours I can offer to QPTC members and visitors. Year round on court lighting will allow me to kickstart a regular weekly after school coaching programme for local kids.”
QPTC’s proposal is supported by the LTA, who write: “The additional facilities will help this community venue provide a more relevant and accessible tennis facility for the local area and strengthen the ability of the club to provide tennis to the local community all year round.
“When looking at the profiles of those people who want to play there is a high number of people who are classed as “working professionals” who clearly only have the opportunity to play during evening and weekends. This provides further justification that floodlights are required in order to allow the club to provide the level of access that these players are likely to demand.”
Thanks to QPTC member and first team captain Jacob Chadwick, who has prepared this planning application on behalf of QPTC.