21st Sep, 2020

£1.5million government grant will help prepare Warwick District for Commonwealth Games 2022

Laura Kearns 30th Jun, 2020

A £1.5MILLION government grant will help prepare Warwick district for the Commonwealth Games 2022.

Victoria Park is hosting the lawn and para bowls during the international event.

And to get the town ready Warwick District Council has been allocated more than £1.5million from government’s local growth fund through Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Work has already started with re-surfacing three of the floodlit tennis courts at Victoria Park which is scheduled to be completed this autumn. While work is completed five courts will remain open.

Improvements will then be made to courts at Christchurch Gardens and the tennis pavilion at Victoria Park to make the first floor of the building more accessible to players and coaches.

Long-term, the district council plans to refurbish the remaining seven Victoria Park courts after the Commonwealth Games.

Culture spokeswoman coun Moira-Ann Grainger said: “The council recognises the popularity of these courts, not only during the summer months, but all year round.

“The ongoing success of these facilities is testament to the commitment made by Victoria Park Tennis Club to make tennis more accessible particularly to children and young people in our community.

“Although we are unable to resurface all of the courts at this point, we hope that this initial investment and our long-term improvement plans will allow the tennis club to continue to offer their great range of coaching and competitive tennis opportunities at this venue.”

While improving ahead of the Commonwealth Games, the plans are to make the courts accessible to more people long-term.

Lawn Tennis Association spokeswoman Anna Hart said: “The association’s vision is to open up tennis and its benefits to more people, and the investment in Leamington will do just that – providing increased opportunities for locals to pick up a racket and get on court.

“These fantastic re-developed park courts will be a great addition to all of our efforts to develop the tennis offer across the town and its surrounding areas.

“We are delighted to be working so closely with Warwick District Council as a partner that shares our vision and recognises the contribution tennis can make in encouraging more people to live an active, healthy and enjoyable life.”

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