Sporting chance

Aylesbury’s Bedgrove Park has seen the opening of three refurbished training courts, which have been marked out for netball and tennis. These are free to use for park visitors and also provide a larger outside space for hirers of the community centre.

Officially opened by Aylesbury Vale District Council Chairman Cllr Judy Brandis (see picture) on Thursday 8 August, the training courts are the result of a link between the council and the Bedgrove Residents & Community Association and have been made possible by the council and S106 funding.

The £72,000 refurbishment works include resurfacing, improved fencing, socketed tennis equipment and line marking of the courts. Work on the project was carried out by Chiltern Sports Contractors.

Cllr Paul Irwin, the council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said: ‘It’s great to see these training courts being opened to the public, and I wish to thank the hard work of our Parks Team and BRCA.

‘Together, they’ve helped provide a valuable and sure to be popular amenity to local residents that will generate increased participation in netball and tennis, and provide all the associated mental, physical and community cohesion benefits.’

Joanne Cheek, community association treasurer, said: ‘We’re delighted that the new tennis and netball courts are now open in Bedgrove Park for all to use. Our thanks go to the Parks Team at AVDC.

‘Many residents of Bedgrove and elsewhere will greatly benefit from these facilities, and we were pleased to support AVDC in this project which promotes the health and well-being of the community. It’s fantastic for the local children, too, that it has opened now while there are still several weeks of school holidays left and they have more time to make use of it.’