Game, set and match with £500k investment now complete at Brighter Borough’s tennis courts
Published: 1 February 2018
Tennis fans in Wandsworth can now enjoy better tennis courts and extended playing time in King George’s Park with the final stage of a £500,000 investment in improved facilities now complete.
Players can now enjoy longer hours on the courts at King George’s Park following the installation of floodlights.
The floodlights, which will allow play to continue until 9pm, have been installed by All Star Tennis, which manages 28 courts across the borough and has invested more than half a million pounds in improving facilities.
As well as King George’s Park, they also manage the courts on Wandsworth Common, Tooting Common, Wandsworth Park, Furzedown Rec in Tooting and Leader’s Gardens in Putney.
Courts at the four largest and most popular venues have been resurfaced and upgraded as part of the improvement programme.
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: “The past 12 months has seen some really serious investment in better tennis facilities for Wandsworth residents and I’m delighted that the final part of this jigsaw has now been completed.
“I’m particularly pleased and excited with the introduction of the floodlit facility at King George’s Park. It’s a great boost for our residents who love playing the game all year round.”
“Raising the quality of the playing surfaces 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: “This is fantastic news for the people of Wandsworth. All Star is delighted to unveil superb new floodlit courts in the heart of the borough and we welcome everyone to take part and enjoy a wide range of friendly year-round tennis opportunities.
“Our action packed programme is aimed at anyone over three-years-of-age and if you book a floodlit court before the end of February you’ll receive a free voucher to use at any venue of your choice in 2018.”
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