Sunderland tennis centre will be ace after £1.2million revamp

An artist's impression of the extension to Silksworth Tennis Centre.

An artist's impression of the extension to Silksworth Tennis Centre.

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Leisure bosses have served up a vision of the future for Silksworth Tennis Centre.

A £1.2million refurbishment is now under way at the centre, as part of an overall project to encourage more people in the city to take part in physical activity.

New developments include an extension to the centre’s gym to house new  equipment, an innovative new virtual spin studio, a second dance and group exercise studio and a function suite.

Building works at the centre have already begun, with the new facilities due to be unveiled to the public at an opening event next spring.

Ian Bradgate contract manager for Everyone Active, the company which operates Sunderland’s leisure centres on behalf of the city council, said: “This is a particularly exciting time for the centre, and the transformation is already looking very impressive.

“The investment will significantly improve the range of facilities available and will allow us to cater for more of our members.”

Everyone Active has also refurbished Sunderland Aquatic and Wellness Centre and the Raich Carter Sports Centre. The city council has also invested £11.3million on the new Washington Leisure Centre, which opened in June.

Ian added: “The refurbishment of Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre is the latest step in the ongoing process to give all ages and abilities access and encouragement to take part in a wide range of sport and leisure.”