IT'S time to dust off your rackets as summer approaches and the Totally Tennis Stratton Park Programme re-opens.

The programme, which was a huge success when it was launched last year, will run again from April until September, complementing the programme run at the main centre in War Memorial Park.

Months in advance, players and local schools have block-booked their courts to guarantee they are able to play as the demand increases in the run-up to Wimbledon.

The Stratton Park programme, which will be run on the six hard outdoor courts, will be a mixture of adult and junior pay-and-play sessions, as well as opportunities for casual court use.

The extensive tennis programme run by Totally Tennis at Brighton Hill Community College, along with the ever-expanding primary school programme, has generated a growing demand for more tennis in the Kempshott area. The programme at Stratton Park has been designed to accommodate this demand.

The programme, which launches next Monday, will start with two junior pay-and-play clubs on Monday afternoons. These are fun-based and serve as an excellent introduction to tennis.

Munchkin Club is for players aged four to eight, with Junior Club for older players up to 16. An adult pay-and-play club session will be on Wednesday evenings, designed with the improving player in mind. This session is for players who know the basic shots but would like coaching to improve their game.

Individual lessons will also be available and, while there is no need to book for pay-and-play sessions, courts can be booked up to three days in advance.

Head coach Shane Deacon, who runs the Stratton Park programme, said: "The programme at Stratton Park proved to be very popular last year. The sessions are all run on a pay-and-play basis, so there is no excuse not to come and try them out."

For more information, a Stratton Park brochure or to book courts, call Totally Tennis on 01256 358816.