A crucial programme of upgrades to tennis facilities in Arbroath is due to start soon thanks to a massive funding windfall of just under £90,000.
Arbroath Tennis Club found out last week that they had secured a grant for £86,802 from sportscotland’s Sports Facilities Fund which will be used to upgrade their courts.
This represents 50 per cent of the funds needed to create all weather courts and install floodlights, and thanks to a few years of dedicated fundraising from club members and the support of local groups it is hoped that works can begin at the end of August.
Arbroath Tennis Club secretary Jan Fairlie said: “This is what we have been working towards for the last few years and we are very grateful to sportscotland for this commitment to us. It shows that things at the Club are moving very much in the right direction. We still need to secure some funding but we are confident that this will be in place by the end of August. Being able to play on the courts all year round is what we need in order for the Club to grow. It will also allow us to build our coaching programme without the constant fear of disruption due to the weather.”
Now Arbroath’s tennis fans can play at the club all year round instead of just six or seven months, and will also no longer be at the mercy of the weather, with mopping the courts hoped to become a thing of the past.
Stewart Harris, chief executive of sportscotland added: “We are delighted to invest over £86,000 in the upgrade of the courts at Arbroath Tennis Club. We are building a world class sporting system for everyone in Scotland and this project is a great example of this and will provide a real benefit to people playing sport in the local area.”
The upgrade of the courts will be the first part of proposed improvements at the club – with the next phase being the clubhouse.
Arbroath Tennis Club would like to thank everyone who has helped – in any capacity – with the fundraising activities so far.