Merton Sports: Clubs and Strategy

Sports are a brilliant way to let off some steam and bring the community together. Home to the famous Wimbledon Tennis Championship and Mitcham Cricket Green, the oldest ground in continuous use, Merton has a strong history in sports. Merton Council recently announced their first ever Cabinet role dedicated to sports development, so we thought it would be a great opportunity to highlight all the incredible sports going on in the borough!

Football

Merton has some great football teams in its boundaries that are a pleasure to watch play. Tooting & Mitcham United FC is 90 years old, with the Tooting side of the club going back to the late 1800s. They play in the Isthmian League alongside other semi-professional clubs across East and South-East England. Nicknamed “The Terrors” or “The Stripes” and they’re currently based at Imperial Fields in Morden.

AFC Wimbledon was founded 20 years ago to replace Wimbledon FC when the club was controversially relocated to Milton Keynes. The story of AFC Wimbledon is an inspiring one, and it was the first club founded in the 21st century to make it into the Football League. While they were sadly relegated to League Two last season, they’re an active force in the community, and are based at Plough Lane, Wimbledon.

As part of the council’s plans to advance sports development, Merton Council Leader Ross Garrod met with the Chairman of AFC Wimbledon and Chief Executive of Tooting & Mitcham FC.

Tennis

Cllr Garrod also met with the CEO of All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet to discuss similarly. Established in 1868, the All England Club is best known as the venue for the Wimbledon Championship, a world-renowned tennis tournament. While it had humble beginnings as an amateur event, it has since eclipsed the club itself in prominence. Membership of the club is quite exclusive, with just 375 full members. The patron of the club is the Duchess of Cambridge.

Variety

It’s not just football and tennis that Merton offers though. For example Mitcham Saints BMX club was founded in Eastfields in 2011 and competes in competitions all over the country. More recently, the rugby club London Broncos has relocated to Plough Lane alongside AFC Wimbledon, bringing professional rugby to the borough too. Chances are if there’s a sport you’re interested in, there’s a club in Merton with individuals that share your passion. If not then why not start one yourself?

If you’re a sports club or team who need a convenient transport solution, then Merton Community Transport (MCT) has got you covered. Whether you’re amateur or professional, don’t hesitate to get in touch!