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Tennis in Hackney gets a new home

Tennis in Hackney gets a new home

Date published: 19/05/2015
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Funding from the Mayor of London Sports Facilities Fund enabled the court fencing and flooldlights to be upgraded.
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The new pavilion in Clissold Park will provide home for tennis in Hackney.
Project opening

Grassroots tennis in Hackney received a significant boost today with the official opening of the new Clissold Park Tennis Pavilion in Stoke Newington.  After more than fourteen years of planning and development, Hackney Tennis has realised a long-term goal thanks to the combined investment of almost £680,000 from the London Borough of Hackney (£271,000), Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) (£258,000) and the Mayor of London: Sports Facilities Fund (£150,000), which is delivered by the Football Foundation. 

The newly purpose-built club house in Clissold Park includes the installation of floodlights and new court fencing. The investment allows Hackney Tennis to continue to build on an already thriving programme and operate for 12 months a year, helping it to compete with other year-round sports.

The new facilities also allow Hackney Tennis to run more adult and junior competitions, further develop the junior programme, allow teams to compete and train year-round, expand its holiday programmes and generally help encourage more people to get involved with tennis.

The Mayor of London’s Sports Facilities Fund is part of the Mayor’s commitment to deliver a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The aim of the Fund, which is managed on the Mayor’s behalf by the Football Foundation, is to increase participation levels in sport in London through the funding of affordable, good quality facilities within local communities in every London Borough. It has funded 105 projects across London, creating opportunities for more than 70,000 users to access facilities every week.

“After 15 years, it's exciting that we now have a permanent home from which to manage the borough's tennis activity,” said Jan Coombs, Tennis Manager, Hackney Tennis. “As well as supporting our existing programme, the pavilion means we can offer a social hub for tennis-playing children and adults, and vitally it gives us a base from which we can give people a better understanding of how they can access tennis in this park and all the parks around the borough.”

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture at Hackney Council, said, “I’m delighted we were able to work with partners to support the building of this great facility. I hope it will inspire a generation of budding tennis players to take up or continue playing the sport.”

 “We are dedicated to continuing our investments in grass roots and the community to grow the sport of tennis. Developing facilities to improve access for the whole community is integral to our mission to get more people playing more often,” said Lisa Pearce, LTA Head of Region.  “The Clissold Park Tennis Pavilion is a great example of how investment through partnerships can support the development of tennis.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Along with other partners in London, I’m delighted that my Sports Facilities Fund has been able to help to increase access to affordable sporting opportunities for hundreds of tennis-lovers in Hackney. These improvements are a tangible legacy of the 2012 Games and help to keep our capital fit and healthy as well as raising participation levels in sport.”

The new facility, at 3 Queen Elizabeth's Walk, has changing facilities, a small shop area and a large club room area and smaller meeting room which will be used to support the junior coaching programme, holiday camp activities, adult competitive and social tennis endeavours. The rooms are also available for public hire for meetings and events.

 For more information contact:

- Kara Day, Hackney Tennis, on 020 8800 4187 or kara@hackneytennis.co.uk

- Bradley Cleveland on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4282 or bradley.cleveland@footballfoundation.org.uk 

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Local youngsters enjoy making the most of Clissold Park's refurbished tennis courts.
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The new clubroom will help attract young players to tennis from right across London.
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Left to right: Chris Donkin (Facilities Project Manager, LTA), Sue Mappin (former professional tennis player), Jan Coombes (Manager, Hackney Tennis) and Cllr Jonathan McShane (Hackney Council) join young participants to toast the opening of the new facilities.
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The view of Clissold Park's ten tennis courts from the new pavilion.

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