Glasgow will see over £1,000,000 invested in tennis facilities and programmes as part of a community tennis pilot project, in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and the Tennis Foundation.
In recognition of existing community tennis provision and potential to develop new facilities and programmes, Glasgow has been chosen as one of eight pilot projects in the UK. Along with Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Kings Lynn, Tower Hamlets, Swansea and Portsmouth, each pilot aims to increase opportunities to play tennis in the community through a variety of bespoke initiatives according to current participation trends in the area.
A survey carried out by the LTA highlighted that a high percentage of tennis participation in Glasgow took place at community places to play, in particular in parks. However, results also identified a lack of awareness amongst people who wanted to play, but don’t. The Glasgow pilot aims to improve on existing and develop brand new community provision in order to sustain current participation and provide opportunities for a captive, new tennis audience. There will be network of community tennis hubs in the North West and South areas of the city, providing a blueprint for further growth, city wide.
Team on hand to help
Glasgow will also make additions to the existing community tennis workforce, creating a group of tennis professionals and volunteers, capable of delivering quality community tennis programmes. Glasgow will focus on attracting new people to the game by providing an inclusive, accessible, sustainable and affordable tennis experience for all…hopefully dispelling the myth in some of areas of the city that “tennis just isn’t for me.”
Initial focus of the Glasgow pilot will see new tennis courts laid in Drumchapel and Knightswood Park, along with the establishment of new tennis provision in partnership with Drumchapel Tennis Club. Other projects include an extensive schools outreach programmes linking with both of Glasgow’s Community Indoor Tennis Centres at Scotstoun and Gorbals and selected park venues across the city.
Key to the success and sustainability of new programmes will be strong links with active volunteers and existing community tennis provision in the city. In the North West, we will be working closely with Drumchapel Tennis Club and in the South of the city, Glasgow Life look forward to continued work with Queens Park Community Tennis Club.
Glasgow Life Tennis Development Officer said: “This investment will further improve the tennis experience for players in Glasgow. In addition, developing new coaching programmes for schools may help unearth the next Andy Murray!”
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