The courts at Strathaven Tennis Club are set to be transformed thanks to a £71,992 investment from sportscotland.
The funding – which is part of a £143,985 project – will see the club’s four blaes courts upgraded to an acrylic surface and floodlights installed. The remainder of the project will be paid for by the Lawn Tennis Association (£30,000), the Renewable Energy Fund (£15,000), LEADER (£5,000), the Round Table (£4,000) and South Lanarkshire Council (£1,500).
Work is expected to start early summer 2014, with the courts completed by end of summer 2014.
Commenting on the investment from the sportscotland Sport Facilities Fund, Louise Martin, Chair of sportscotland, said:
“We are delighted to be supporting this thriving local club in upgrading its courts, which will help to encourage more people of all ages and abilities to take up the sport. “sportscotland is committed to maximising the opportunities for children and young people to be involved in sport and this investment shows our commitment to help develop and support a world-class sporting system at all levels, which will inspire future generations to be the best they can be.”
Donald Stearn, from Strathaven Tennis Club, said: “We’ve been working towards this for about 20 years, it’ll bring the Club into the 21st Century. I’d like to thank all those who’ve helped on the committee over this period and in particular mention Gary Stodart, President, and Ian Bryson, Treasurer, for without their efforts over the last two or three years this wouldn’t have been possible. We look forward to welcoming anyone in the area who’s interested in either learning to play tennis or reviving an existing ability.”