Half a Million Pound Boost For Local Tennis Facilities

Including floodlights for King George's Park and resurfaced courts across the borough

The now floodlit courts in King George's Park

As tennis fever mounts with Queens and Wimbledon just around the corner, Wandsworth residents can enjoy better playing surfaces and facilities following a £500,000 revamp of local tennis facilities.

Players can now enjoy resurfaced courts and other playing improvements at King George’s Park, Wandsworth Common, Tooting Common, Wandsworth Park, Furzedown Rec in Tooting and Leader’s Gardens in Putney.

And play at King George’s Park play can now continue until 9pm each evening all-year-round following the installation of floodlights.

These improvements - costing more than half a million pounds - have been funded by All Star Tennis which manages 28 courts across the borough.

All Star Tennis started 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 seen local participation levels soar 80 per cent.

The Council’s sports and leisure spokesman Cllr Steffi Sutters said, “Tennis players across Wandsworth have some excellent facilities to choose from and these have been boosted in the past 12 months by some very serious investment.

“The introduction of the floodlights at King George’s Park in particular provide a great option for residents who love playing the game all-year-round."

Residents can also play tennis in Battersea Park and at the Council’s flagship 52-acre multi-sports complex at Barn Elms, where people can 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 allstartennis. For information about Barn Elms visit wandsworth.gov.uk/barnelms.


June 6, 2018