Vauxhall Recreation centre, Luton

Project: Vauxhall Recreation centre, Luton

Vauxhall Recreation centre in Luton, Bedford offers a wide range of sports including football, hockey and tennis all of which benefit from the great facilities and the opportunities that the centre offers to its members. The centre is also home to Bedford tennis development academy which prides itself on being an accessible tennis venue for players of all ages and abilities.

Playrite’s relationship with Vauxhall Recreation centre began back in 1998 when the first tennis courts were installed there using Playrite’s Matchplay 2 surface. Twelve years later, with the popular court surface nearing the end of its life span, there was no hesitation from the centre in calling on Playrite’s expertise to help advice on their next choice of playing surface.

With the unique characteristics of Matchplay 2 and the fact that it had been such a success over the previous years, it was a natural choice to replace all six outdoor courts with the same material.

Matchplay 2 had been an ideal choice for the centre with its high fibre and low sand content offering minimal maintenance requirements; classified to ITF category 2, medium-slow pace rating the surface provides good grip, durability and comfort under-foot and minimal settling in time.

Martin Carauna, from Vauxhall Recreation Centre has been impressed with Playrite products, the ease of installation and is looking forward to another 10-15 years of worry free tennis at the centre. Bedford tennis development academy now has six superb courts from which they can continue to develop the stars of tomorrow.