Press Release - Thursday 22 March
Milngavie Tennis Club to build Artificial Clay Courts at Auchenhowie
Thanks to a substantial Grant from the SUEZ Community Trust
Milngavie Tennis Club is shortly to start work on 3 new artificial clay tennis courts at their home base at Auchenhowie in Milngavie. The Club is part of Milngavie and Bearsden Sports Club, where the sports of hockey, archery, junior shinty and cycling also feature.
Club Chair Alastair Garvie said “ We are absolutely delighted to announce that work will start shortly on this project and very many thanks are due to the SUEZ Community Trust for their offer of a substantial grant of up to £50,000 that will enable our project to proceed. We would also like to thank all of our members who have worked so hard to raise funds for the project and contributed a significant amount themselves in addition to several local businesses who have also contributed including Tesco, Waitrose, Asda, Co-op and Scotmid.”
The SUEZ Community Trust supports community and environmental improvement projects through the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund, distributing funds contributed by SUEZ recycling and recovery UK. SUEZ Director Phil Gregory said “since 1997 when SUEZ Communities Trust began its funding programme it has supported more than 4,000 projects to a combined value of more than £110 million. The Trust is delighted to assist Milngavie Tennis Club in delivering a strongly focussed community project which will benefit many people in the local area.”
Tennis has been played at Milngavie Tennis Club courts at Auchenhowie since 1912. The Club has always had a strong local community focus and individuals of any age are welcome and encouraged to join the Club and participate in the many activities at the Club, or just pay and play if preferred. New senior members can join the Club for a bargain first year subscription of £99. The Club runs an extensive junior and adult coaching programme and has many junior, adult and seniors teams participating in the West of Scotland and Scottish Tennis Leagues and Cups.
The project will see the first block of 3 of the Club’s 6 ageing artificial grass courts replaced with a new artificial clay surface. The new surface, is slower paced, ideal for learning and coaching and is a truly all year round surface. It is particularly good to play on in wet and even frosty conditions. The project will be managed for the Club by consultants Professional Sportsturf Design Ltd and constructed by Ecosse Sports Ltd. Completion is anticipated during the month of May.
The Club already works with several local schools and this project will allow the Club to develop new initiatives including working with special needs groups. Some new tree planting will enhance the new facility.