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Play Some Sport this Summer!

It was a great weekend for British sport. Even though Andy Murray did not manage to defend his Wimbledon title nor did England’s football team survive to see quarter final action in Brazil (or get anywhere close!), Jordanne Wiley did however live up to her no.1 seeding in the Women’s wheelchair doubles securing a grand-slam title alongside Japan’s Yui Kamiji. Also Lewis Hamilton claimed his second British Grand Prix victory at Silverstone. Britain remains a premier venue for global sporting events and this exemplifiedby the epic men’s singles final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer at the all-England club, as well as the well-supported opening stages of Le Tour de France through the Yorkshire countryside. Unfortunatelynot everyone can be an elite athlete however recreational sport is a great way to enjoy the summer weather and work up a sweat. Throughout the Wimbledon area there are opportunities for sports people of all ages and abilities to try a new game orrediscover former glories. Tennis: This is the sport that makes Wimbledon a household name around the world (notwithstanding the second-rate 2004 Romantic Comedy!). Chances are that you are probably not going to make it onto centre court any time soon but throughout Merton Borough there are over 50 courts available for public use, with 20 courts in Wimbledon park, a further 6 in Cottenham park and 4 in John Innes Park. Golf: Playing a round of Golf in Wimbledon is accessible to all skill levels, from the crazy variety to the extremely serious. Merton council operates two crazy golf courses (in Wimbledon Park and the Sir Joseph Hood Memorial playing fields) as well as a pitch and putt 9-hole course in Morden park. For the purists there are numerous18-hole courses; the Royal Wimbledon Golf Club, the Wimbledon Park Golf Club and the London Scottish Golf Club. Football: If a kick about with friends is more your style then there are all-weather pitches available to hire from either Harris Academy or St. Mark’s school. Consult the Merton Council sports facilities website for booking details. Croquet: If you find golf a bit too rock-n-roll then croquet may be the outdoor activity for you. For garden play an area of lawn 17m by 14m is recommended as well as the necessary mallets and hoops. For a more polished croquet experience the Merton Park Croquet Club is located on Mostyn Road in the John Innes conservation area. Whatever your level of commitment or talent, enjoy the sunshine and green spaces that the Wimbledon area has to offer by playing some sport this summer.

It was a great weekend for British sport. Even though Andy Murray did not manage to defend his Wimbledon title nor did England’s football team survive to see quarter final action in Brazil (or get anywhere close!), Jordanne Wiley did however live up to her no.1 seeding in the Women’s wheelchair doubles securing a grand-slam title alongside Japan’s Yui Kamiji. Also Lewis Hamilton claimed his second British Grand Prix victory at Silverstone. Britain remains a premier venue for global sporting events and this exemplifiedby the epic men’s singles final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer at the all-England club, as well as the well-supported opening stages of Le Tour de France through the Yorkshire countryside.

Centre Court

Unfortunatelynot everyone can be an elite athlete however recreational sport is a great way to enjoy the summer weather and work up a sweat. Throughout the Wimbledon area there are opportunities for sports people of all ages and abilities to try a new game orrediscover former glories.

Tennis:

This is the sport that makes Wimbledon a household name around the world (notwithstanding the second-rate 2004 Romantic Comedy!). Chances are that you are probably not going to make it onto centre court any time soon but throughout Merton Borough there are over 50 courts available for public use, with 20 courts in Wimbledon park, a further 6 in Cottenham park and 4 in John Innes Park.

Golf:

Playing a round of Golf in Wimbledon is accessible to all skill levels, from the crazy variety to the extremely serious. Merton council operates two crazy golf courses (in Wimbledon Park and the Sir Joseph Hood Memorial playing fields) as well as a pitch and putt 9-hole course in Morden park. For the purists there are numerous18-hole courses; the Royal Wimbledon Golf Club, the Wimbledon Park Golf Club and the London Scottish Golf Club.

Football:

If a kick about with friends is more your style then there are all-weather pitches available to hire from either Harris Academy or St. Mark’s school. Consult the Merton Council sports facilities website for booking details.

Croquet:

If you find golf a bit too rock-n-roll then croquet may be the outdoor activity for you. For garden play an area of lawn 17m by 14m is recommended as well as the necessary mallets and hoops. For a more polished croquet experience the Merton Park Croquet Club is located on Mostyn Road in the John Innes conservation area.

Whatever your level of commitment or talent, enjoy the sunshine and green spaces that the Wimbledon area has to offer by playing some sport this summer.

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