A NEW Sports facility has opened to the community and it is ready to play a vital role in residents’ healthy lifestyles.

Boundary Park Sports Association has leased tennis courts and a multi-use games area on Great Western Park from Vale of White Horse district council.

The floodlit fenced courts have markings ready for four match sized tennis courts and two official netball courts to enable local sports clubs to hire and play their official matches as well as being bookable by residents for tennis. The games area is marked for a wide range of sports activities including mini tennis, netball, basketball and five-a-side football for community groups and residents to use and hire.

Councillor Hayleigh Gascoigne, local ward member for Harwell Parish, said: “The new tennis courts and sports area are set to be a very popular facility on Great Western Park and will play a vital role in helping our residents lead active and healthy lifestyles. I can’t wait to see them in use.”

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The sports association has also been successful in applying for funds towards floodlights for their grassed pitches at Boundary Park. Vale of White Horse District Council was able to allocate £25,000 using funds from contributions from new developments being built in the Harwell, Blewbury and Milton parishes.

The new lights are helping training sessions take place for the men’s, women’s, and junior rugby teams. The park’s two training pitches will now be able to be used all year round and will allow the match pitch to be kept in better condition for official matches.

Councillor Judy Roberts, cabinet member for development and infrastructure at Vale of White Horse District Council said: “An important part our agreement for permission to build new homes in the district is that developers contribute towards the right community facilities needed in the area.

"Now they are ready, we are delighted that the Boundary Park Sports Association will be helping to provide all these activities and sports opportunities for our residents, so close to their homes that they can walk or cycle to them, which is very important to the council.”

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