ARBROATH LOOKS TO THE FUTURE FOLLOWING £180,000 UPGRADE

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.”