Team-Sport Indoor Karting was formed in 1990 originally under the banner of Go-Karting For Fun. The first track was in Guildford and set new standards for go karting events and unparalleled centre facilities.
Success at Guildford was quickly followed with a second centre opening at Crawley and a third in Southampton which opened in 1996. When a larger building became available in Aldershot, the decision was taken to move the original Guildford track in order to offer karters an even better race experience. 1999 saw the opening of the Gosport track, then Andover followed in 2000.
By the millennium, at 10 years old, Go Karting For Fun was firmly established as the U.K’s largest indoor karting company, with 5 tracks in the South East. This success was achieved by a dedication to providing the best race experience, in the best karts, on the best tracks, within the best centers and all delivered by the best staff in the U.K.
After a few difficult years in the early ‘naughties’ a massive refurbishment program began in 2004 with many of the original track’s facilities significantly upgraded. Then in 2006 the next chapter in our history really began. We relocated our Aldershot centre to a new building in Camberley, Surrey and just a few months later opened our 6th track in Cardiff. The professionally designed track & amazing facilities at the Cardiff track are amongst the best in the UK and the massive investment has ensured TeamSport Karting Cardiff is the premier go kart track in Wales & the South West.
December 2008 saw our long search for a track in the capital come to an end when we opened in North London. In 2009 the relocation of the Crawley track was undertaken, but this time on a scale different to anything seen in the UK before. Over £1m was invested in building the new 3 level track, which created a racing experience unmatched in the UK, with hospitality facilities to match.
2010 saw our first ever acquisition of a track in Bristol, followed by the opening of TeamSport’s new flagship venue at Tower Bridge in Central London. This time a £1m + investment in an amazing multi-level track was not enough, we went electric (!) with a light-weight electric powered fleet of karts, utilizing lithium battery technology - a truly amazing experience.
Although 2011 was supposed to be about consolidation following the tracks we opened at the end of 2010, we just couldn't help ourselves when an opportunity presented itself in Brighton! One massive building, an awesome track with the already famous corkscrew & facilities to match Tower Bridge have resulted in another hugely successful venue.
2012 was a quiet year for us with the company focusing on re-investing in the existing sites and getting the facilities at many upgraded to match Brighton and Tower bridge. 2013 however was a completely different story and started with a real bang! The company owner of 21 years decided it was time to sell up and with financial
backing from a private equity firm and banking support, we purchased the majority shareholding in TeamSport! Not happy with just that small company development we managed to gain our fantastic Warrington venue with a 1000m track running over 3 levels, then shortly after that we acquired Birmingham to add to the rapidly expanding pack!
Just months later as we entered 2014 we then gained the fantastic, tarmac, 800m Docklands venue, with its beautiful entrance hall and F1 car hanging off the wall in reception this place is definitely worth a visit! The year ended with a fantastic build up to kick of the next year, with our brand new Reading venue launch in September. 3 levels of adrenaline fun in a state of the art new build.
The beginning of 2015 was a time for new plans and new goals to make this year an even busier one! In July we made the acquisition of a 580m tarmac circuit in Leeds introducing new members of the team and a great opportunity making this our 14th venue!
The fun doesn't stop there as we look forward to opening our brand new two-level circuit in Farnborough this Autumn, and we cannot wait to share it with you!