£58,000 grant

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Montrose Tennis Club is delighted to be able to announce a £58,844 award from sportscotland – the national agency for sport.

The money will enable the club to upgrade three porous bitmac tennis courts to synthetic grass in line with Tennis Scotland and Lawn Tennis Association recommendations.

The grant ensures that the development of the three courts will be upgraded with an artificial grass surface to match the front courts.

sportscotland’s award comprises 50 per cent of the required funding for the project, with 34.7 per cent (£40,843) being raised by Montrose Tennis Club, and the remaining 15.3 per cent (£18,000) coming from Angus Council, Gannochy Trust, Robertson Trust, Williamina McLaren Trust, Aberbrothock Skea Trust, Colin Grant Trust and Cooperative Community Grant. Sportscotland have also included provision in their award to support a floodlighting project to be investigated further.

Welcoming the funding, Montrose Tennis Club’s secretary, Rhona Alston, said: “This development will help Montrose Tennis Club widen accessibility to the sport of tennis within the community, increase the provision of coaching to the community, and increase membership to the club.

“Now with the aid of full-time coach Graeme Walker there are programmes for all ages, ranging from three-year-olds to programmes for school pupils right up to veterans.”

Mrs Alston continued: “Significantly, Montrose will now be the only club in Angus to have six equal court surfaces, and can now become a centre of tennis excellence and a tennis event venue as well.

“This is a wonderful attribute for the area of Angus; Montrose is fast becoming a hub for sport excellence which will now include the tennis club too.

“The committee is extremely grateful for this support from sportscotland, which has recognised the significant progress the club has made forging closer ties with local schools, Angus Council, and especially Montrose sports co-ordinators, Tennis Tayside, and Tennis Scotland.

“The club could not be where it is now without a very active committee, many sponsors and trusts which have supported the club and, of course, the members, including both junior and adult team players who are being encouraged to now play in more advanced leagues than ever previously in the club’s history.”

Stewart Harris, chief executive of sportscotland, said: “At sportscotland we are developing a world-class sporting infrastructure across Scotland, and a key objective for us is to help provide excellent facilities for communities the length and breadth of Scotland.

“This investment at Montrose Tennis Club is great news for the local community as it not only improves the playing surfaces on three courts, but it also increases the club’s capacity, allowing more people to play tennis there.

“With six excellent courts at the club, players of all ages and abilities will be able to nurture their talents and enjoy the sport, and the club can expand on its good work of widening access for people in Montrose and the surrounding areas.”