Date published: 29/09/2014
Grassroots sport in Hammersmith has received a significant boost following the opening of refurbished tennis courts by Andy Slaughter MP at a local park.
The improved courts at Brook Green are a result of a £50,000 grant from the Mayor of London’s Sports Facilities Fund. The improvements were managed by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The funding has allowed the Friends of Brook Green, a volunteer-led community group who aim to protect and enhance Brook Green, to resurface and reconfigure their tennis courts which now comprise three full-size and two minicourts. New floodlights have also been installed and improvements have been made to the drainage system at the site to combat tree root damage and poor lighting that had previously restricted levels of participation.
Friends of Brook Green will work with local schools, including primary and special educational needs schools, to offer opportunities to pupils to get involved and participate in tennis. The refurbished facilities will allow teams to participate in the LTA Middlesex League and enable Brook Green to offer individual and group coaching sessions to people of all standards.
The Mayor’s Sports Facilities Fund is part of his commitment to deliver a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Managed on behalf of the Mayor’s by the Football Foundation, it aim is to increase participation levels in sport in London through the funding of affordable, good quality facilities within local communities in every London borough.
An additional £50,000 came from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund. To date the fund has helped more than 1,600 local sports projects across the country. Friends of Brook Green also provided £70,000 towards the new facility.
Since it was launched in 2000, the Football Foundation has awarded around 13,000 grants worth more than £500m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £700m – over £1.2bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “These transformed tennis courts at Brook Green are exactly what my Sports Facilities Fund is all about – providing good quality sports facilities for London’s communities. We want to help other clubs to improve their facilities, so even more Londoners get the chance to get active and participate in sport and I am urging groups to come forward and take advantage of this fantastic funding opportunity.”
Andy Slaughter, MP for Hammersmith, commented: “It was a privilege to open the impressive new tennis facilities at Brook Green. Recreational sites such as these are vital in improving the health and well-being of communities across London and providing young people with a chance to get involved in sport. I’d like to congratulate Friends of Brook Green for their excellent work and thank the Mayor of London’s Sports Facilities Fund for their considerable investment into Hammersmith.”
Jason Eker, Director of the Friends of Brook Green, said: “The grant we have received from the Mayor of London Sports Facilities Fund has allowed us to refurbish this facility and provide tennis to the community at an affordable rate for years to come. The addition of a Pavilion next year will also add a kiosk, tennis office and toilets for the users.”
Nick Bitel, Chair at Sport England, said: “Inspired Facilities is one of our most popular funds, showing the importance of good, local sports facilities; not only do they improve the sporting experience of existing users they also help attract new ones. We look forward to supporting many more sports clubs who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.”
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