Beaverbrook Foundation renovate tennis courts

Built in the 1930s, Northwood House, Cowes has six public tennis courts and players and spectators enjoy fabulous views across the Solent. Thanks to a grant of £80,000 from the Beaverbrook Foundation, the courts are now being renovated.

Located in the centre of Northwood Park the courts are a unique community facility for residents and visitors alike. Coaching and equipment are available, with regular free “Try Tennis” sessions.

A basketball court will replace one of the tennis courts, with additional netball posts, to encourage more outdoor activity for local children. Community groups and schools will be able to use the courts to increase participation in sport. The work will take approximate four weeks to complete and will be guaranteed until 2040. Laura Levi, trustee of

Beaverbrook Foundation said: “These courts represent an opportunity to give local children the chance to play sport for free. It continues my late father Sir Max Aitken’s tradition of charitable giving to small groups that can make a big difference”.

This work follows on from replacement of the fencing in the spring thanks to donations from Wight Shipyard and other local organisations and individuals.