Whitemoss Tennis Court receives £93k in funding

Councillor Robert Brown and Council Leader Joe Fagan opening up the tennis courts -Credit:Copyright Unknown
Councillor Robert Brown and Council Leader Joe Fagan opening up the tennis courts -Credit:Copyright Unknown

An East Kilbride tennis court has reopened after a £93,000 investment.

Whitemoss Tennis Court has had a major renovation which was managed by the Lawn Tennis Association and funded by South Lanarkshire Council, the UK Government and LTA Tennis Foundation.

A ceremony was held this week (May 15) to celebrate the opening of the courts. It was attended by the South Lanarkshire Council Leader Joe Fagan (East Kilbride Central North) and chair of the community and enterprise resources committee councillor Robert Brown (Rutherglen South) as well as representatives from the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association).

Councillor Fagan said: “The new tennis courts are looking fantastic, and I’m delighted that everyone in East Kilbride and beyond can now enjoy playing on them. I would like to thank all our partners for their hard work in getting the new courts ready as the tennis season gets into full swing.”

Councillor Brown added: “Tennis is very much a growing and vibrant sport these days. Park tennis courts are vital in providing opportunities for children and adults to get active, delivering significant physical and mental health and wellbeing benefits to participants. It’s great news that the courts are now open.”

Local pupils from St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High School got a chance to try out the courts which have undergone extensive work to ensure viability for years to come, this includes resurfacing, repainting, new nets and a new gate entry system.

Julie Porter, chief operating officer at the LTA, said: “After months of hard work, we’re delighted to see park tennis courts in South Lanarkshire Council officially back open to the public, and in better shape than ever.”

Stuart Andrew MP, Sports Minister, said: “These improved tennis facilities in South Lanarkshire will provide the local community with fun opportunities to get active and potentially become the next Andy Murray or Emma Raducanu.”

There will be weekly Barclays Free Park Tennis sessions at the courts with equipment provided, and the courts will also host Barclays Local Tennis Leagues which will give people the change to get involved in friendly local social competitions.

All courts will be available to book on the LTA website, and the cost of booking a session will be available on a ‘pay to play’ basis for £8.75 per court per hour or the option of an annual pass. There will also be some free of charge sessions which will allow people to benefit from more affordable tennis.

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