Indoor Tennis Returns to Wirral Tennis and Sports Centre

A new partnership between Wirral Council and the Lawn Tennis Association will see indoor tennis return to Wirral Tennis and Sports Centre this Autumn with an exciting programme aimed at all abilities.

Following a decision earlier this year at the Tourism, Communities, Culture and Leisure Committee(TCCL) to redevelop the offer at Wirral Tennis & Sports Centre, the council has entered into a partnership agreement with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to take over the management and operation of the six indoor tennis courts at Bidston Tennis Centre.

The Centre had been closed as part of the council’s work to balance its 2022/23 budget however following an approach from the LTA to work together in partnership to provide the six indoor courts, members of Wirral Council’s TCCL Committee agreed in June 2022 that the indoor tennis offer could be reinstated based on the development of a new operating model.

Play Point Sports, will now assume operation and management of the tennis offer at the centre. They have been working to introduce an exciting new tennis programme for all tennis enthusiasts which includes a comprehensive programme for all ages and abilities. There will be a clear pathway in place for players to go from absolute beginners to county standard and beyond.

There will also be opportunities for players to take part in social tennis and cardio tennis as well as a new disability programme coming to the centre soon. All of these programmes are centred around getting Wirral more active through tennis.

Anyone wishing to book a court or lessons can do so through the operator’s website at

Scott Reid, Tennis Operations Manager for the LTA said:

 “We’re delighted to be entering into this partnership with the council and hope it will pave the way for a full tennis offer at Wirral for years to come. The LTA has worked hard with council colleagues to ensure the centre can re-open with all six indoor courts, and they won’t be lost to redevelopment.  We will now be working with Play Point Sports to ensure the centre can run sustainably on a day-to-day basis. Our goal is for the centre to offer players and families in the local area a chance to get on court and enjoy a first-class experience.”

Councillor Helen Cameron, Chair of the Tourism, Communities, Culture & Leisure Committee added, “This development represents the latest evolution of the council’s long-term partnership with the LTA, who originally part funded the building of the centre in the mid 90’s and have continued to support the maintenance of the tennis hall and development programme with significant grants over the years.

With no other indoor courts available on Wirral the facility will offer the tennis community an opportunity to extend their playing season throughout winter season. Both the council and LTA hope that this partnership will be the first step in ensuring the long-term sustainability of a full tennis offer on the site.”

The partnership will not impact on the wider redevelopment of the remainder of the centre which is currently closed for remodelling as part of a budget option agreed last year.

During this time a programme of refurbishment is taking place to allow the site to better meet local needs. It is anticipated this programme will be completed in April 2023. The programme will see most of the Centre’s indoor space redesigned to offer a wider choice of sport and physical activities for all age groups that will benefit the local and wider community.

This includes major upgrades to the gym and fitness studio as well as new and innovative soft play areas with an exciting catering offer in place of the sports hall. A second full size artificial 3G Astroturf football pitch will also be built at the site through a partnership with The Football Foundation that will cater for the growth in local football demand.

Membership FAQs

How do you book a tennis session?

Anyone wishing to book a court or lessons can do so through the operator’s website at

Who can I speak to about tennis enquiries?

Enquriries can be made via the PPS team: and 07872 161712

What will happen to members who currently have their single site membership frozen?

Suspension will continue until the end of the agreed suspension period of 23rd March 2023.

Customers will be contacted prior to the end date to advise of the current position.

Can multi-site members access the site?

Whilst the courts are directly operated by the LTA no council subscription (Invigor8 membership) will allow access to the courts. Bookings will be taken solely through the LTA operator website

Can I no longer play Tennis with my Invigor8 membership?

Yes, there are outdoor Tennis courts available for bookings at Oval Leisure Centre, Bebington

Can I cancel my Invigor8 membership ?

Memberships can be cancelled by emailing

My child had tennis lessons prior to the centre closing, how do I book lessons now?

Through the LTA operator Play Point Sports, contact

I may be due a refund for lessons at the centre, who do I contact?

Refund requests can be made by emailing

Will the gym and studios be available for Invigor8 members to access?

Yes, the redevelopment of the centre will include Invigor8 member access to the fitness facilities. Further details will follow.