Arbroath Tennis Club has been transformed into a state-of-the-art tennis venue following a £180,000 revamp. Club fundraising over the last few years plus the support of many local trusts and organisations saw the court upgrade begin in mid-August. Sportscotland also awarded an £86,802 grant towards the impressive upgrade as well as Tennis Scotland/LTA who awarded a grant of £10,000. The upgrade – carried out by Ecosse Sports – to three all-weather courts with the installation of floodlights now means play will be possible throughout the year. The clubhouse has also been transformed with top-quality coaching now under way on the new courts. National squad coach Mark Walker heads up the coaching team following the transformation. Club president Graham Crabb said it has been a fantastic journey for everyone involved. He said: “I’ve been involved here for 40 years and first came up here when I was 11. It was a strange feeling to see the old courts and 100 years of history gone in the blink of an eye. The place looked like it had been hit by a bomb when work started, but the transformation has been incredible. All the hard work and all the fundraising has been all worthwhile to see the finished article.”
One of Scotland’s most recognised independent schools in Scotland has engaged with Ecosse Sports to refurbishment its outdoor hockey pitches during the summer term. The existing full size, sand-filled pitch was upgraded to TigerTurf’s ‘Evo PRO’ in striking two-tone green/blue combination along with the installation of a new shockpad. Additionally, the 3000m2 mini hockey training pitch was also converted to ‘Evo PRO’. The Glasgow Academy’s Director of Hockey stated; “With the exception of water-based surfaces, Evo PRO is without doubt the best artificial surface on the market for hockey. Its performance and durability characteristics far extend beyond its competitors.”
Ecosse Sports are thrilled to announce that in partnership with Edel Grass B.V. and Whitecraigs Lawn Tennis & Sports Club, the very first ‘Advantage Red’ artificial clay tennis courts have been installed in Scotland. Advantage Red offers exceptional performance akin to a real clay court and can boast the slowest ITF accredited pace rating available (category 1 – slow). In mainland Europe, approximately 300 Advantage Red courts are installed each year which demonstrates its popularity. Whitecraigs opted for this particular surface after months of investigation and trials as to the leading artificial clay product on the market. We are delighted to have been involved in this project and hope that it sparks a number of other clubs in Scotland to consider this surface.
Wallace High School in Stirling has upgraded its existing sand-filled artificial pitch to a 3G to accommodate its ever increasing success in football and rugby at school sport level. The school decided on a 60mm monofilament carpet by DOMO Sports Grass who are a FIFA preferred producer of 3G synthetic turf. See the difference in the facility below.
Before and after
Gordonstoun School in Elgin synthetic turf hockey pitch was first installed in 1995 making it one of the oldest pitches in Scotland before it finally came to upgrading it in July ’15. Like many other independent schools in Scotland, it decide to install TigerTurf’s ‘Evo PRO’ which is widely regarded within the industry as the best performing sand-dressed hockey product on the market. Ecosse Sports were delighted to be chosen as the preferred contractor for work and add Gordonstoun to other prestigious Scottish independent schools it has worked with including George Heriot’s School, The Mary Erskine School and Strathallan.
Sport and physical activity has always been a central feature of the curriculum at Strathallan School in Perthshire. The independent school boasts some of the best school sporting facilities in the country and this was further evident in summer 2015 when the school decided to upgrade its outdoor synthetic turf hockey pitch. TigerTurf ‘Evo PRO’ synthetic turf was specified for the new surface which has been used extensively at major worldwide hockey competitions and events all over the UK and abroad. The completed project provides a first class hockey facility for the school to use for both curriculum and competitive match play.
A new three court tennis facility at Volunteer Park in Hawick has finally been completed after a torrid winter delayed the completion of the work. The tennis courts are part of a multi-sports facility plan which is being spearheaded by the Bill McLaren foundation. Since it was created in 2010 following Mr. McLaren’s death, the foundation has raised money which it grants to individuals, clubs and organisations to provide opportunities for young people to participate in sport whilst also promoting qualities valued by Mr. McLaren, such as sportsmanship, respect and discipline.The tennis courts are the first of a three-phase development which includes plans for a new IRB and FIFA-compliant 3G artificial rugby and football pitch, as well as a multi changing facility for the whole community. Ecosse Sports are proud to have worked on a project of such significance and are pleased the tennis community of Hawick are so thrilled with their new facility.
Warriston Community Tennis Club (WCTC) in Edinburgh is a new club which has been set up by local residents and aims to provide an easily accessible and inexpensive opportunity for local families to take up and develop tennis skills. Ecosse Sports were therefore delighted to be involved with this venture when they were chosen to construct the new facilities for the club. These included a single full size porous macadam court with an adjoining, similarly surfaced mini-tennis court areas measuring 17m x 8.5m. This is a fantastic new tennis facility right in the centre of Edinburgh which will hopefully open up new opportunities for those in the local area.
Ecosse are delighted to have completed the refurbishment of tennis courts at two of Edinburgh’s most popular tennis clubs; Abercorn Sports Club and Craigmillar Park Tennis Club respectively. Both clubs decided to relay their worn and tired surfaces with new TigerTurf ‘Advantage PRO’ artificial tennis carpet. We are thrilled that once again ‘Advantage PRO’ has proven to be a popular choice with Scottish tennis clubs, further cementing its position as the number one synthetic tennis carpet within the U.K.
Hamilton Tennis Club started the 2015 tennis season with four newly refurbished tennis courts completed by Ecosse Sports . The previously courts were over 15 years old and past their useful life. The project included the refurbished of the underlying engineered macadam base, installing a new wearing course layer which was carried out Ecosse’s own highly skilled operatives. The club opted for TigerTurf ‘Advantage PRO’ synthetic turf in a striking two-tone green combination, the first club in Scotland to opt for this colour choice with the ‘Advantage PRO’ carpet. We are delighted to have worked with Hamilton LTC on this project and wish them well for the coming season.
Having previously carried out specialist maintenance on their full size 3G artificial pitch, Ecosse were delighted to be asked to work with Kilwinning Sports Club to upgrade two of their 3G 5-a-side football areas. We began the work by replacing the tired and dilapidated carpet on the 5-a-side pitches and replaced this with a new 3G synthetic turf carpet which was TigerTurf ‘Football 60XP’. This 60mm long pile, fibrillating carpet is ideal for 5-a-side football areas that are expected to receive heavy and intense use. Jim McCubbin, Operations Manager for the sports club said, “We are very happy to have our 5-a-side football area refurbished. The project was completed in a professional and timely manner by Ecosse Sports. A special mention to the guys who worked on site during the project as they were all extremely helpful and courteous throughout.”
Ecosse Sports are delighted to welcome Mr Robin Kerr as the latest addition to the management structure of the business. Starting in March, Robin comes into the company with a wealth of experience in the synthetic turf industry and will be responsible for all commercial activities relating to the business. As well being a qualified quantity surveyor, Robin is also a qualified tennis coach and along with the rest of the management team, remains extremely enthusiastic and active in both the participation of sport and the development of sport facilities. We are fortunate to have experienced year-on-year growth within the company, and are delighted to have Robin join us to help sustain and develop this further. Everyone at Ecosse Sports looks forward to Robin starting with us and we are convinced that he will bring even greater value and expertise to our service offering to the artificial turf industry.
Ecosse Sports are delighted to have been announced as the main contractor for a huge refurbishment project of 13 tennis courts across East Lothian starting in February of this year. The project involves the refurbishment of existing courts at 4 locations across East Lothian – Musselburgh, Haddington, Tranent and Longniddry. Each site has its own specific design and build requirements and with Haddington and Musselburgh in particular, floodlighting will be installed to increase the hours of play available to users. Furthermore, the tennis courts at Lewisvale Park in Musselburgh (which is home to Musselburgh Tennis Club) will be the first tennis club in the U.K. to install TigerTurf’s ‘Clay Court PRO’ artificial clay surface. Demand for tennis facilities in East Lothian has always been high and we look forward to playing our part in delivering first class tennis facilities to each local community.
With the refurbishment of the full size 3G synthetic turf pitch and four 3G 5-a-side football areas already complete and formally handed over to the client before the Christmas break, we now have only the tennis courts to finish upgrading before fully handing over the facility back to the client. We are delighted with the progress made on this project and thus, the feedback on the facilities that are finished has been very encouraging.
Despite the sporadic weather conditions, Ecosse have begun work on site at Craigswood Sports Centre, starting a replacement project for West Lothian Leisure’s collection of 5-a-s-ide football facilities. As the photo on the left illustrates, we have already managed to get two 5-a-sides complete and ready for customers to start playing on.
There was no easy start to 2015 for the Ecosse Sports team as it was straight to Craiglockhart Tennis Centre in Edinburgh to refurbish the existing six indoor acrylic tennis courts. The courts were resurfaced using the recognised and highly popular ‘Proflex’ system. Known for its excellent and flexible playing properties, the formulation of the components used in the system can be varied to produce a finished surface that ranges from ITF pace rating 1-5 depending on the needs of the client. Proflex, in most cases, is the surface of choice for clients with indoor tennis courts and in this instance the client went for two tone blue/green combination.