A new 18-acre multi-sports centre in Didcot with a tennis court, cricket, rugby and football pitches was officially opened by MP – who even had time for a game of tennis.

Wantage MP David Johnston cut the ribbon to Boundary Park's new tennis courts and multi-use games area (MUGA) in Great Western Park, Didcot.

The MUGA is the official home to Didcot Netball Club, and it is also used by several local youth football teams for winter training as well as informal play.

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The four tennis courts, two netball courts and MUGA were built for existing and new residents living nearby.

Last year, Vale of White Horse District Council, who owned the facilities, agreed to lease the sports area to the Boundary Park Sports Association (BPSA).

Paul Costello, chair at BPSA, said: “The addition of the tennis courts and MUGA have allowed Boundary Park to expand the offering of sports to the residents of Great Western Park and beyond.

"Locally, the facilities are some of the best around and we look forward to even more people using them as we move into spring”.

Since the BPSA started to use the facilities, almost 300 households have joined Boundary Park Tennis. An annual fee costs of £40.

The National Tennis Association coaching programme has also proven popular with additional sessions added to help with the high demand.

Councillor Hayleigh Gascoigne, said: “We’re delighted that the tennis courts and games area are open and that BPSA are offering the opportunity for everyone to access. Living virtually next door to the site, I see local residents using the facilities throughout the day and into the evening, which is brilliant.”


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