£23,000 grant for mini-tennis zone at Montrose Tennis Club

Club Coach Graeme Walker with some of the 'Tennis Tots' and parents
Club Coach Graeme Walker with some of the 'Tennis Tots' and parents

Montrose Tennis Club is delighted by the faith shown in the announcement of a £23,400 grant award from sportscotland – the national agency for sport. This investment, which is a 50 per cent grant of the money required to create two mini red courts, will complement the original six LTA standard courts already with upgraded surfaces and all floodlit.

The grant ensures that the five-year development plan to create a tennis centre of excellence is very much on track. The further money required has been fund-raised by club members and the club’s sinking fund, as well as grants from Montrose Common Good, Aberbrothock Skea Trust and Colin Grant Trust. The court build will commence after the club championships later in August.

There is presently a great demand for tots’ tennis while the under 10 age groups continue to grow and there will now be an area to develop skills and play tournaments on. Welcoming the funding, Montrose Tennis Club’s secretary, Rhona Alston said: “This development will help widen accessibility to the sport of tennis within the community and increase membership to the club. With the aid of full-time coach Graeme Walker and performance coach Kris Soutar, there are programmes for all ages.”

Mrs Alston continued: “Montrose is well and truly on the tennis map, with three competing ladies’ teams, three men’s teams, four mixed doubles teams and the only club in Tayside to be playing out four junior teams as well as competing in junior Aegon fixtures all over Tayside and Aberdeenshire”.

Last year was the first time the club was able to hold an official LTA tournament, reinstating the famous old ‘North Angus Tournament’ now sponsored by Doug & Sandra Cree from D C Lighting Services Ltd, and it is on again this year on June 26, 27 and 28. Entries are now open on LTA Tennis Scotland website and Montrose is hopeful of attracting even more entries.

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland said: “At sportscotland we want to ensure that there are more and better opportunities for people to take part in sport in Scotland, whatever their level, and the addition of these two new mini courts will play an important part in introducing more young children to tennis in the Montrose area. Opportunities exist for them to develop their potential within a sporting system right at the heart of their local community.”