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PORT SETON MUGA’S OPEN FOR BUSINESS

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.

 

NEW MUGA FOR OLDMELDRUM COMMUNITY

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.

THONGSBRIDGE TENNIS SERVED AN ‘ADVANTAGE’ WITH NEW SURFACE

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.

TWO PROMINENT EAST RENFREWSHIRE TENNIS CLUBS UPGRADE THEIR FACILITIES

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.

 

NEW 3G SURFACE FOR INDOOR ARENA AT HFA

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.

SUMMER ATHLETICS TRACK PROJECT FOR HUTCHESONS’ GRAMMAR

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.

 

 

OBAN LEADS THE WAY FOR TENNIS IN WEST HIGHLANDS

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.

SCOTTISH PADEL TENNIS GROWTH CONTINUES AT HATTON SPORTS CLUB

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.”

NEW HOCKEY PITCHES FOR EAST LOTHIAN

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 EDINBURGH: NEW WATER BASED PITCH

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 PUTS YOUNGSTERS THROUGH THEIR PACES AFTER OPENING ARBROATH’S NEW TENNIS COURTS

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.

NEW COURTS FOR CORSTORPHINE TENNIS CLUB

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.

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.”

 

UPGRADED MUGA AND HOCKEY PITCH FOR GLASGOW ACADEMY

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.”

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ECOSSE INSTALL SCOTLAND’S FIRST ‘ADVANTAGE RED’ COURTS AT WHITECRAIGS

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.

NEW 3G SURFACE FOR WALLACE HIGH SCHOOL

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.

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NEW HOCKEY SURFACE FOR GORDONSTOUN SCHOOL

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.

EAST LOTHIAN TENNIS PUT FIRMLY ON THE MAP

Summer 2015 saw the completion of one of the biggest tennis court refurbishment projects in recent times in Scotland as East Lothian Council along with key partners invested more than £600,000 into upgrading 15 courts across 5 different locations. With help from Sportscotland, local trusts and charities as well the individual clubs themselves, Ecosse Sports were delighted to be the principal contractor upgrading the courts at Musselburgh, Haddington, Tranent, Longniddry and East Linton. Musselburgh in particular benefited by being one of only a handful of clubs in Scotland tohave artificial clay as their playing surface, with TigerTurf ‘Clay Court PRO’ installed.

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Strathallan School Upgrades Hockey Pitch

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.

Hawick Tennis Courts Made Possible By The Bill McLaren Foundation

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 Receives New Facilities

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 COMPLETE EDINBURGH TENNIS CLUB DOUBLE HEADER

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 RECEIVE COURTS OVERHAUL

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.