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What security tips can you take from Wimbledon 2021 into your own tennis courts?

What security tips can you take from Wimbledon 2021 into your own tennis courts?

29th June 2021

One of the most hotly anticipated summer sporting events is the Wimbledon tennis championship. This is not only a big deal in the UK but for millions of tennis fans around the world too. With Wimbledon 2021 starting at the end of June, we do not have much longer to wait. Of course, being a major professional sporting event, security will be high when the action begins.

While this is common knowledge, it might be a surprise to hear you can take some aspects of Wimbledon security into your own courts. If you run a private tennis club, are responsible for courts at a private gym or look after public tennis courts, this is worth thinking about.

But what tips are the most useful to borrow?

Top-class security fencing

Although the courts at Wimbledon might not have perimeter fencing or railings around them directly, it is a feature you will see around the perimeter of the All England Club. This makes sense as it allows the organisers to stop intruders wandering onto the site who should not be there. It also makes the site perimeter hard to breach and protects people inside. Using security fencing to protect players and visitors whilst also securing your perimeter is something you can use for your grounds as well.

It is, of course, also possible to erect specialist sports fencing for tennis around your own courts. This provides the court with two features, a secure court to stop any unauthorised visitors or vandals and perimeter sports fencing for ball retention.

Restricted entry

Whether it is players, employees or fans, the organisers of Wimbledon don’t just let anyone gain entry. They will have strict processes in place to ensure only authorised people are allowed to enter. This not only keeps the players and crowds safe from dangerous individuals but also stops anyone from tampering with facilities inside the All England Club. Enforcing a robust visitor policy is certainly something you can take into your own club or courts to keep everyone safer and ensure that you know who is on the site each time.

There are other options, including using the ASSA Abloy Cliq system to give the site owners complete control over the access to the locks, without the need for multiple different keys. A key can be programmed to provide players with access to the court at a set time frame, providing you with a full log of who has accessed the court and at what time.

An integrated approach

One handy tip that Wimbledon 2021 organisers will use is taking an integrated approach to security. This basically means they will use multiple systems which work together to keep everyone safe. They may, for example, have security fencing in place, plus CCTV and hostile vehicle mitigation. This gives them more coverage and leaves them better prepared to pick up on or deal with any suspicious activity. Once more, this integrated approach works just as well for other tennis clubs or leisure facilities.

At Wimbledon 2021, organisers will be deploying temporary HVM measures to protect crowds and pedestrians from a potential hostile vehicle attack. This kind of security is a must for any major event to protect spectators and visitors.

Contact Zaun for help with the above.

As per the organisers of the Wimbledon tennis championship 2021, it really does pay to keep your own courts better protected with measures like this. At Zaun, we have a range of great value security fencing, metal railings and integrated security solutions to consider. Get in touch at [email protected] today for more details.