Game, set and match as borough’s £600k tennis courts upgrade completed
Published: Friday, September 20, 2019
The summer might be drawing to a close but there is nothing to stop the next generation of Andy Murrays and Serena Williams' from practicing their racquet skills throughout the autumn and winter on 28 of the borough’s newly refurbished tennis courts.
And those that play at the courts in King George’s Park can hone their serve and volley skills until 9pm each evening all-year-round following the installation of floodlights.
The investment has been made by All Star Tennis, which has spent more than £600,000 upgrading 28 courts at six locations across the borough.
It offers children and young people the chance to play tennis after school free of charge – and at three venues also borrow racquets and balls.
There are refurbished tennis courts at King George’s Park, Wandsworth Common, Tooting Common, Furzedown Rec and at Leader’s Gardens in Putney, plus the now finished upgrade at Wandsworth Park which represents the last stage of the project .
All Star Tennis, which celebrated its 20th anniversary earlier this year, began working in the borough in 2002 when it started managing the courts on Wandsworth Common. In 2013 it teamed up with another tennis provider Will to Win and took on the other five venues in a partnership which has seen local participation levels soar by 80 per cent.
The council’s sports and leisure spokesman Cllr Steffi Sutters said: “We know that tennis in Wandsworth is popular all year round with people of all ages so I’m delighted that All Star Tennis is offering players such great value deal to play their newly revamped tennis courts.
“Hopefully young people in particular, especially those who may not have played the game before, are encouraged to pick up or borrow a racquet and play for free after school.”
All Star’s co-founder Ben White said: “It brings us great pleasure to be able to provide these much needed improved facilities to the Wandsworth community, we would like to thank all involved for their support and patience in making this project a reality.”
As well as the 28 courts managed by All Star Tennis, residents can also play at the courts in Battersea Park and also at the council’s flagship 52-acre multi-sports complex at Barn Elms. Here people can play rugby, football, cricket, aussie rules, netball, hockey and rounders as well as specialist sports like beach volleyball, archery, athletics, field events. There is also a gym and a boathouse for rowing. These are managed by the council’s leisure and culture contractor Enable Leisure and Culture.
To find out more about coaching and playing at All Star’s venues visit www.allstartennis.co.uk.
- The town hall has unveiled a detailed strategy to help Wandsworth residents get more active.
The strategy, drawn up by the Active Wandsworth Network made up of the council, the borough’s leisure and culture contractor Enable, local sports clubs and other key members of the sporting community, aims to make Wandsworth the most physically active borough in London by 2022.
It proposes developing a workforce of coaches and volunteers, targeting parts of the borough where people are inactive and removing the barriers that stop people being active, such as lack of facilities or cost.
Cllr Sutters added: "We recognise the importance of sports and physical activity to keeping people mentally and physically well and the role it plays in creating strong communities.
“That’s why the council, together with its sports and leisure provider Enable and the Active Wandsworth Network are working together to get more of our residents involved in sports and fitness activities.”
To find out more about the Active Wandsworth Strategy visit the council’s website.