Tennis investment plan serves up an ace

Published: Friday 21st October 16

Tennis fans will soon be able to perfect their serve and volley techniques on upgraded and refurbished tennis courts across the Brighter Borough.

The company that offers local coaching and tuition for people of all ages - All Win Tennis– has started refurbishing the playing surfaces at six venues across the borough as part of a major investment in better facilities for Wandsworth residents.

Refurbishment work is now underway at the courts on Tooting Common and will also shortly commence at Leaders Gardens in Putney and at King George’s Park.

Once these have been completed attention will then turn to the courts in Wandsworth Park and at the Furzedown Rec in Tooting. Similar improvements have already been completed at Wandsworth Common.

All Win offer drop-in sessions, cardio tennis, mini-tennis camps and adult courses at the six venues they manage.

The council’s sports and leisure spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “This is great news for tennis lovers in Wandsworth.

“This represents a significant financial investment in better playing facilities and these are being provided at no cost whatsoever to local council tax payers.

“Raising standards here will help tennis players of all ages to really develop their skills at the sport and hopefully encourage others to start playing the game for the first time."

In addition to these six venues, tennis courts are also available in Battersea Park and there are 16 at the council’s flagship 52-acre multi-sports complex at Barn Elms, where residents can also enjoy rugby, football, cricket, aussie rules, netball, hockey and rounders as well as specialist facilities such as beach volleyball, archery, athletics, field events, a gym and a boathouse for rowing.

To find out more about coaching and playing at these six tennis venues visit www.allstartennis.co.uk. For information about Barn Elms visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/barnelms.

And for other fitness, leisure and sports facilities in the borough log on to www.wandsworth.gov.uk/sport.

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Recent comments

OMG £8 (some one else says £10) an hour for Battersea Park courts - and they are still tarmac??. I learned to play at Battersea - taught by Eddie Baxter (who played junior Wimbledon and was a practice partner for Billy Jean King & Rosie Casels) and occasionally the Soma brothers, Friday and Saps. - dare I say it - 40 years back - . Really is time the surfaces were changed. Sorry to hear the seating has now gone.
Liz

28 October 2016

Great to read this news and long overdue. However, I would love to know how the Council feels the current costs (£10 for 1 hour) to book a court at Battersea Park makes this an accessible sport for everyone?
David Ryan

26 October 2016

it is great to see money spent on tennis in the borough but I am not clear if it this has ever used tax payers money? In Battersea Park, where the tennis courts have been upgraded, following years of asking this council, I suspect the money came from the daily cash inflow the council receives from the courts - £8 per hour. The maintenance of the courts historically has been significantly slower than the money the council has received through the turnstile! I hope things are now better for the future in all parks where tennis is played.
JOHN METFIELD

24 October 2016

These improvements are welcome, but can I put in a request for some small amount to be spent on the tarmac Battersea Park courts, where I play regularly. In the last 10 years or so we have lost the water taps, shelters and all seating and have had confusing netball court markings painted all over the tennis courts. We regulars spend hundreds of pounds a year on the BP courts but never get consulted.
David Baxter

23 October 2016

I think its amazing money is being put into recreational activities. I would like to suggest if there could maybe be some table tennis tables be placed in main parks. I think they would also be valued greatly.
Haylen

22 October 2016