What the deuce is planned for Sunderland's tennis centre?

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, with the new facilities due to be unveiled to the public at an opening event in Spring 2016.

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

“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. £11.3million has also been spent by Sunderland City Council on

the brand new Washington Leisure Centre, which opened its doors to the general public in June 2015.

Ian added: “There’s many exciting developments happening in the sports and leisure sector here in Sunderland and we hope it will go a long way to improving the health of people in the

city by encouraging and supporting more to get active.”

City council Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said: “Everyone Active is refurbishing a number of sports centres to provide people across the city with the best facilities that they can.

“The refurbishment of Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre is the latest step in that on-going process to give all ages, all abilities, the access and encouragement to take part in a wide range of sport and leisure activities.”