We have severely neglected existing sports facilities that could be revitlised into vibrant sport/leisure areas for our young people. A good example is the tennis courts in King George V Park that are an eyesore – cracked tarmac, graffiti, broken glass. This could be turned into a really lovely basketball court or mini football pitch or tennis court – 5G surfaces or something similar would be ideal. Also, we should look to replicate the kind of sports/leisure areas you find in countries like Spain and Portugal with some seating/benches for spectators and good lighting/plants surrounding the areas to make them more attractive and user-friendly. In other countries these are community hubs.
More football/basketball, tennis courts that are free to access and give our sporting enthusiasts somewhere nice to play – it’s heartbreaking to see young kids trying to make do on a patch of broken up concrete or a scruffy patch of grass.
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