Tennis facilities at Queen’s Park are set for a £250,000 upgrade as Glasgow launches the search for the next Andy Murray.
The funding, provided by Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life, will deliver five new synthetic grass tennis courts together as well as the comprehensive refurbishment of the adjacent, ageing pavilion.
The redevelopment of the tennis courts at Queen’s Park follows a similar investment at Drumchapel Park and Knightswood Park in 2012, which delivered eight new all weather tennis courts.
Queen’s Park is managed by Glasgow Life on behalf of Glasgow City Council is one of six sites across the city that is available for free public use. It forms a key part of Glasgow Life’s Tennis Development Programme. Glasgow Life will work in partnership with Queen’s Park Community Tennis Club to increase participation at the site.
News of the investment comes just two weeks before Glasgow’s £113million Emirates Arena hosts the David Cup tie between Great Britain and the USA, with British Number 1 Andy Murray set to lead the home team.
Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “Glasgow has shown a strong commitment to tennis over the years and this latest investment will deliver a further five top-class tennis courts in the city.
“Our development programme is making tennis more accessible and affordable in communities across Glasgow through the delivery of organised coaching sessions and Queen’s Park is at the heart of this.
“The council has committed to providing free public access to tennis courts as we seek to encourage more people to become physically active and to inspire the players of the future.
“We know that sport can change lives and we want to see a new generation of tennis players on the courts at Queen’s Park and across the city. Who knows we may even find the next Andy Murray.”
Glasgow Life’s community tennis programme operates at six sites across the city. They are Scotstoun, Gorbals, Queen’s Park, Kelvingrove, Drumchapel and Knightswood. Glasgow Life also work with existing tennis clubs to increase opportunities.
On a weekly basis Glasgow Life provides 150 organised coaching sessions at sites across the city for all abilities.