Tennis participation in Glasgow reaches record high
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Tennis participation in Glasgow reaches record high

31/08/2015
ATTENDANCES at Glasgow’s free-to-use public tennis courts are at a record high with new figures recording an almost 200% increase in just two years.
 
Glasgow Life currently operates 25 free tennis courts in five parks with attendances rising from 11,500 in 2012/13 to 34,300 in 2014/2015 (198% increase) as more people take advantage of the city’s free tennis programme.
 
News of the 198% increase comes less than three weeks before the eagerly anticipated Davis Cup clash between Great Britain and Australia at the city’s £113miilion Emirates Arena and is despite some courts being closed during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
 
The rise coincides with an ongoing £1.5million citywide investment programme that has seen 18 new or improved courts developed at Kelvingrove, Knightswood, Drumchapel and Victoria parks. A further five new courts are planned for Queen’s Park, with work scheduled to start later this calendar year.
 
The city has been successful in attracting partnership funding for these courts from a variety of sources including the Lawn Tennis Association, Tennis Scotland, the Tennis Foundation and sportscotland.
 
Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council are also currently looking at potential additional sites across the city to meet the increased demand, with the East End identified as a priority for development. 
 
Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “Tennis has never been so popular in Glasgow with attendances rising each year.
 
“Thanks to recent investment we now have some of the best community tennis facilities anywhere in the country, which is helping to inspire the next generation of players. That remains a key priority for us.
 
“Glasgow Life, with the support of our partners including community tennis clubs across the city, has worked hard to increase participation and we are determined to build on that success in the coming years.”
 
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