Port Seton’s brand new, state-of-the-art sports pitches are now open – and they’re already proving to be a hit with the local community. The new pitches were officially opened by East Lothian Council Leader Willie Innes on Monday 14th.
The upgrade work includes a 3G surface for football, a multisport polymeric surface and a new modern fence to cater for numerous sports such as basketball, tennis, hockey and more with improved access for wheelchair users. Both pitches were brimming with activity during the opening with football, basketball and tennis players all making the most of the new surfaces.
The upgraded pitches were funded through East Lothian Council and sportscotland Sports Lottery funding. Both funding sources are key to delivering high-quality facilities that make a significant contribution to the quality and capacity of sports provision within the county.
The quality of the upgrade has reinvigorated interest in the community and the centre is already seeing high use from formal bookings and recreational activity from a diverse range of community users. Councillor Willie Innes said:
“I am delighted that Port Seton has such high quality facilities to support sport and physical activity right on its doorstep. Health and well being is so important and these facilities really do make a significant difference to the quality of experience for players and coaches alike and importantly, provide recreational access to play – improving people’s long term health outcomes.
Oldmeldrum is a village and parish in the Formartine area of Aberdeenshire, not far from Inverurie in North East Scotland. With a population of around 2,000 people, it was welcome news to the local community when it was announced by Aberdeenshire council that the existing local tennis courts would be refurbished to create a new multi-use games area that would cater for numerous sporting activities like tennis, basketball, netball and football.
The existing facility benefited from new fencing, floodlighting and a new painted porous macadam surface which accommodates a multitude of activities which is anticipated being used by all of the communities local groups and sports clubs.
Proving that the TigerTiurf ‘Advantage PRO’ surface is popular all over the U.K. and not just in Scotland, Ecosse Sports were thrilled to be chosen ahead of some fierce local competition to be the main contractor for the resurface of five existing synthetic turf tennis courts at Thongsbridge Tennis and Fitness Club.
Thongsbridge Tennis Club is now considered to be one of the most dynamic, forward thinking and fastest growing clubs in Yorkshire, if not the North of England. It has welcomed international stars such as Ilie Nastase, Martina Hingis, Pat Cash and Britain’s own Jonny Marray to its courts.
Ecosse Sports are ecstatic to have added Thongsbridge to its long list of prestigious clients who have been delighted with the work we have delivered.
The region of East Renfrewshire is home to a number of well established, prestigious tennis clubs that over the years have produced some of Scotland’s best tennis players. Both Busby and Clarkston Tennis Clubs fall into this category and Ecosse Sports were delighted when we were chosen to upgrade not one but both clubs facilities in September 2016. The scope of works for each clubs were largely similar in that the removal of the dilapidated synthetic carpet was first to occur. Both clubs opted to overlay their underlying macadam which in both instances was fretted and in poor condition. Lastly, the installation of TigerTurf ‘Advantage PRO’ in two-tone green combination was carried out to complete the playing surface. Busby also opted to refurbish their existing perimeter as well as upgrade their existing floodlighting to LED.
Having previously carried out work for Whitecraigs Tennis Club in the local area, we are delighted to have completed further work in East Renfrewshire to the satisfaction of both clubs.
The Highland Football Academy Trust was established in 2002 and is a partnership between Highland Council, Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC, and Ross County FC. Since 2006, the indoor and outdoor facilities have serviced the entire community, from local school children to professional footballers. The indoor arena in particular has benefited those that have used it tremendously well, offering a fantastic facility when Highland weather is at its worst.
Nearly ten years after the facility opened, it was decided that the original 3G surface was to be replaced. Ecosse Sports put forward a credible proposal for its upgrade which was accepted by the trustees of the academy. The proposal included the removal of the existing 3G carpet which was re-used around the outer perimeter of natural grass pitch at Ross County FC’s home ground Victoria Park. The existing dynamic base was regulated and compacted to ensure conformity prior to the installation of a new prefabricated shockpad and TigerTurf 3G 50mm football specific carpet.
The existing porous polymeric athletics track at Hutchesons’ Grammar School in Glasgow will be unrecognisable when the students return from their summer recess this year after extensive works were carried out on it by Ecosse Sports. The school formally instructed Ecosse to carry out a full cleaning, retexturing and relining of the entire track surface to bring it back to life after its performance and appearance had deteriorated in the last couple of years.
Works to athletics track are notoriously sensitive to weather conditions so careful planning and management of the project was critical to ensuring that it progressed in a timely manner and within deadline set by the school.
Atlantis Community Leisure is run as a social enterprise and is a registered charity based in Oban. It offers its members and the community a diverse range of indoor and outdoor facilities which rival that of others in the West Highlands.
After a lengthy and committed fund raising appeal, the charity were finally in a position to to upgrade their dated and worn outdoor synthetic turf tennis courts. Ecosse Sports were chosen as the favored contractor for the project which included the reconstruction of the sub-base, a new sand-dressed synthetic turf carpet, new fencing and floodlighting.
As you can see from the picture the works are almost complete with the courts set to open in late May 2016.
Hatton Sports Club on the outskirks of Edinburgh has become the third club in Scotland to construct a Padel Court for its members and wider Padel playing community. Following the new courts at Edinburgh Sports Club and Bridge of Allan Sports Club respectively, Hatton has now joined these prestigious clubs in offering facilities for one of the worlds fastest growing sports.
Mike Newton, President of Hatton Sports Club said; “we are delighted with our new Padel court and the work Ecosse Sports have accomplished. Our membership have been very enthusiastic about the propsect of playing Padel and we now can’t wait to start playing.”
April 2016 witnessed the opening of three newly refurbishment hockey pitches across three venues in East Lothian. The existing synthetic turf pitches at Meadowmill, Aubigny and Pinkie St. Peter’s all received a welcome upgrade thanks to the works carried out by Ecosse Sports. The existing carpet and shockpad for each facility was removed from site and the underlying sub-base checked for conformity before a new shockpad and synthetic turf system was installed. Meadowmill received a new FIH Global compliant water-based surface whilst Aubigny and Pinkie received FIH National compliant sand-dressed carpets. All facilities had repairs carried out to the existing perimeter fencing and floodlights, with new sports equipment also provided as part of the contract.
The refurbishment of these pitches continues the huge investment seen in East Lothian in recent years in its portfolio of synthetic sports facilities. Ecosse Sports are delighted to have been part of this exciting project.
Meggetland as a sporting location has a fairly recent history only dating back to the 70’s unlike many other high profile venues in Edinburgh. It was recently that hockey came to Meggetland when Boroughmuir H.C. made it their home ground in 2006. Now lots of clubs and groups, including Boroughmuir Rugby Club, Boroughmuir Hockey Club, Edinburgh Cala Hockey Club, Boroughmuir Thistle Football Club and Boroughmuir Cricket Club use the venue for training and competition.
In 2014 a decision was made to upgrade the existing sand filled pitch to a water based pitch. The project team was established in 2015 to kick start the refurbishment programme, with Ecosse Sports chosen as the preferred contractor for the work.
The works included extensive civil engineering works to install new irrigation around the pitch, a new spectator area, a new shock pad and a new water based artificial turf as supplied by TigerTurf UK.
The works were funded by Sportscotland, City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh Leisure, Edinburgh Hockey Club and The Springford Trust.
The works commenced in November 2015, however due to poor winter weather the programme was prolonged by the extremes of rain during that period, this meant that the pitch was handed over in March 2016.
Judy Murray officially opened Arbroath Tennis Club’s new state-of-the-art all-weather courts on Wednesday 9th March. The Scottish tennis coach put the club’s youngsters through their paces before conducting the grand opening. She assisted club coaches Mark Walker and Ruaridh MacLeod before holding a question and answer session. She also drew the winning ticket for a tennis racquet signed by her son Andy. Club fundraising over the last few years, plus the support of many local trusts and organisations, saw the court upgrade begin in mid-August. The work – carried out by Ecosse Sports – to provide three floodlit all-weather courts means play is now possible throughout the year. This has also allowed the club to build its coaching programme without the constant fear of disruption due to the weather. The club, which was founded in 1909, has more than 100 members and also works closely with schools. It has already helped bring through ATP Tour player Jonny O’Mara and is hopeful of lending a guiding hand to more budding young players in the years to come.
Early 2016 saw the refurbishment of the tired, 20+ year old polymeric tennis courts at Corstorphine Tennis Club get a new lease of life with the installation of TigerTurf ‘Advantage PRO’ in two-tone green/blue. With some localised repairs carried out, the existing polymeric was deemed suitable to install the new synthetic carpet directly on top providing a extra layer of cushion to users. As one of the oldest tennis clubs in Scotland, it is great to see this local club provide a new state-of-the-art tennis facility for the local community.