Anyone for tennis in Grangemouth?

Zetland Park tennis courts are to be upgraded
Zetland Park tennis courts are to be upgraded

Tennis players of all abilities will soon be able to enjoy 
upgraded facilities in a Grangemouth public park thanks to a cash grant.

Three derelict courts in Zetland Park will be given the new lease of life after a funding package was secured which includes a £44,193 award from sportscotland.

Falkirk Council has also contributed £15,000.

Work is scheduled to begin this month with the revamped courts due to be open by 
Easter next year.

Falkirk Community Trust said this response to the growing popularity of tennis would hopefully provide future Wimbledon stars with a chance to improve their skills.

Ian Scott, trust chairman, said: “It’s exciting times for tennis. The success of Andy Murray is inspiring people to play the game and we need to ensure we have adequate facilities and affordable quality coaching available for all ages and abilities.

“Over the last two to three years demand and interest in playing tennis has grown significantly within the Falkirk Council area. Thanks to the introduction of a primary schools programme, pupils in primary five and six now receive tennis lessons in school.

“The new courts will be an integral part of Falkirk community tennis with holiday coaching progammes to encourage new and existing players to the park.”

The £44,193 comes from the Scottish Government’s Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund. Louise Martin, chairperson of sportscotland, said it would “help create an excellent facility which will encourage more people of all ages and abilities to become involved in sport and physical activity”.

She added: “These courts will provide a fabulous facility for the whole community.”