Partnership Sports Improvements for the Leys

Towards the end of last year, future investment in sports activities at The Leys was agreed at a meeting of Witney Town Council’s Sports and Recreation Committee.

The continued investment by Witney Town Council and partner organisation Parks Tennis CIC will see a range of improvements, additions and updates to existing facilities.

The Tennis courts are to be given a new access control system and a new look, which will protect the courts and bring them to life. They will be cleaned, repainted and 4 mini courts for children and families will be incorporated.  A new community tennis coaching programme, available at, is starting for 2018.  Stephen Prew, a local Level 4 LTA-qualified Premier Tennis coach, will be leading a programme for children and adults and linking with local schools to take tennis to as many people as possible.  Some courts will also be marked with netball lines for local schools and teams, in order to offer more opportunities to enjoy sport and recreation at The Leys.

The mini golf, which many remember from their own childhood, will soon be replaced with a brand new adventure golf course and the award-winning café, The Coffee Shed, will be extending its programme of community activities and events. Currently, pre-school story-telling and arts & crafts activities are available.  Kids’ parties, family events and community offers for local groups will be increased.

Vonnie Whalley, General Manager at The Coffee Shed, said:

‘It’s great that Witney Town Council is continuing to protect and enhance the facilities on The Leys.  We hope it will bring many more people to come and enjoy what’s on offer, whether that is a bite to eat, the new adventure golf course, some mini tennis, netball or any combination of those.  We love seeing the Witney community come together and meet up, and want The Coffee Shed to feel a bit like home.  It’s a place for recreation, parties and events – and everyone is welcome.’

Plans are also in place for improvements to the cricket pitch and pavilion facilities to ensure that The Leys meets the needs of Witney’s local teams as a home ground for football and cricket and as a popular sports venue for its growing population.

Cllr, Dr Suzanne Bartington, Chairman of the Sports & Recreation committee commented;

The Town Council is pleased to see recreational facilities at The Leys undergoing investment and improvement, reflecting the ongoing popularity of the site.

We have worked in partnership with Parks Tennis CIC to support the forthcoming updating of the Mini Golf. The Coffee Shed continues to be a big hit with the local community andThe Leys is an excellent venue for those of all ages to enjoy outdoor recreation.’