Here at Local Tennis Leagues, we're proud of our nationwide partnerships with some of the best facilities across the country.
We visited All Star Tennis, one such venue operator for whom our friendly, competitive tennis leagues work hand in hand with their excellent tennis coaching and events programmes to make the sport more accessible for all.
We spoke with Kat and Elliott, who work as part of All Star’s friendly team across the borough of Wandsworth.
Kat explained her pride in seeing All star's effect on the number of people playing tennis;
'All Star Tennis was first setup in 1999 and joined forces with Will to Win in 2013. We're really all about helping to increase participation. Since we began our joint venture we have invested £500,000 on improving the facilities, including the recently installed floodlights at King Georges Park and seen an 80% increase in people picking up a racket, which is fantastic to see!
We run 28 courts throughout 6 sites in the borough and we've recently refurbished 19 of those courts, so we're really excited to see players getting on court and using the new surfaces and floodlights!'
We like to think that the All Star Tennis team are a part of our extended family here, our shared ambition to get more people playing more often has seen the Wandsworth All Star league thrive as Elliott explains;
'I think the success of the league here in Wandsworth is partly down to the fact that it caters for so many people. Local Tennis Leagues share the same thoughts as us, that it doesn't matter whether you're an advanced player or have never touched a racket in your life before, tennis is still for you! The fact that players get matched up against similar level opponents in the leagues means that anyone can give it a go and enjoy playing close, friendly matches in their local area.'
Kat thinks that the league's impact on All Star Tennis has helped to unite their different venues;
'I think Local Tennis Leagues is an integral part of how we work and what we're trying to achieve, it links all of our venues together. Players can choose where and when they play and so can make use of any of our courts and venues that they like, it's really a great opportunity no matter who you are, to get on court and give it a go!'