£500k facelift for Brighter Borough’s tennis courts

Published: Friday 16th June 17

With this year’s Wimbledon Championships just around the corner, tennis fans in Wandsworth have something else to celebrate with the completion of a £500,000 facilities upgrade at venues across the borough.

All Star Tennis, which manages 28 courts on Wandsworth Common, Tooting Common, King George’s Park, Wandsworth Park, Furzedown Rec in Tooting and Leader’s Gardens in Putney, has invested over half a million pounds in improving these facilities.

All the courts at these six venues have been resurfaced and upgraded, while those at King George’s Park could soon also be floodlit, which would offer additional playing opportunities for residents.

All Star Tennis began working in the borough in 2002 when it began 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 see participation levels rocket by 80 per cent.

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

“This is significant investment in better playing facilities which is being provided at no cost whatsoever to 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.”

All Star Tennis co-founder Ben White said: “We hope to see even more players enjoying their time on courts across the borough. This investment aims to encourage high quality public tennis to flourish across the borough.”

Steve Riley founder of Will to Win said “This is a landmark moment for Wandsworth tennis and the six sites we have developed. We have worked in delivering quality community sports facilities for the past 20 years creating quality affordable and accessible facilities.”

People can also enjoy tennis in Battersea Park and 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. These are managed by the council’s leisure and culture contractor Enable Leisure and Culture. 

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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