Pupils from a local elementary school have been invited to be the first players on the asphalt as the East End welcomes brand new tennis courts to the community.
Pupils from Garrowhill Primary School took part in a tennis session led by Neil Haig, Head of Tennis Attendance at Glasgow Life, to celebrate the opening of three state-of-the-art tennis courts yesterday.
The weatherproof tarmac courts are an exciting new addition to Garrowhill Park in Baillieston following a £300,000 investment from Glasgow City Council, sportscotland, the Lawn Tennis Association and Tennis Scotland.
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The courts are run by the charity Glasgow Life and are free to all members of the public and community.
The tennis courts are serviced by a new sustainability-focused “Smart Gate” system that records the number of users, and the system is linked to floodlights that only come on when the court is booked to minimize water consumption. ‘energy.
Baillieston union councilor Kevin Lalley told The Glasgow Times the new courts exceeded the expectations of the local community and hopes the thriving tennis atmosphere that existed years ago at Garrowhill Park will return with the news. facilities.
Councilor Lalley said: “I was talking to local residents and they are so happy, so happy.
“This is a very big improvement for Garrowhill and a much needed facility.”
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Bailie Annette Christie, chairman of Glasgow Life, said: “The response this morning from pupils at Garrowhill Primary has been fantastic.
“They were playing outside, learning all the techniques of tennis.
“This facility, providing three courts in the East End of the city, is very, very important to the East End and indeed to Glasgow.
“Glasgow Life is the charity that promotes sport, wellbeing and culture in the city, so this property will not only provide physical but also mental wellbeing to anyone who can come and book.”
She added, “I would like to say to members of the public, make a reservation and come enjoy the facility.”
Andy Kelly, project manager at sportscotland, said: “We have a plan to look at equality, diversity and inclusion and try to invest in communities that really need help, where kids don’t. have no opportunity to play sports.
“So a project like this, in collaboration with Glasgow Life, is fantastic.
“We saw today that the kids are really working away, and the hope is that after today they will come back.
“It’s an open facility. They can come in and use it anytime, so it’s an encouragement to get locals to come here, to participate in the sport.
“And we can also tell that there were locals standing around and watching [the opening event].
“The next thing is to encourage them to come and use this facility.
“I think it’s a good thing for the East End of Glasgow, there’s a nice little complex of sports facilities here and it just adds to that.”
The benefits of playing a sport are well known and it is hoped that free facilities that can be used rain or shine, at any time of the day, will encourage the community at large to become active in an accessible way. .