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.”
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.
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.
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.