Two brand new top quality floodlit tennis courts are to be built in Larkhall Park in Stockwell.
Work will start in February on the new facilities after Lambeth Council appointed a contractor for the work.
When they open in the summer, under-16s will be able to use the courts for free two days a week, and the council will also be running free coaching sessions for people of all ages in the summer to help encourage more people to get into tennis.Discounted rates will apply to people with disabilities and those over 60.
Park user group the Friends of Larkhall Park have been closely involved in the planning of the new courts, which will be open until 7pm in the evening and are designed to meet Lawn Tennis Association standards.
The courts are costing around £250,000, but come at no cost to taxpayers as they have been paid for using funding raised by local planning agreements, and external grants.
The work will take around three months.
Cllr Florence Nosegbe, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and the Olympics on Lambeth Council said:
“I’m excited that work is beginning on the new courts and I can’t wait to see them being used this summer. Helping people lead active lives by making sure they have access to top sports quality facilities is one of the council’s main priorities, and with the new Clapham Leisure Centre opening this month and a new skate park opening on Clapham Common, it’s adding up to a tremendous year for sport in Lambeth, which is fitting in Olympic year.”