Tennis hope for Burnside
Burnside tennis courts could return to community use.
Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club have confirmed they will lease the facility from Burnside Bowling Club.
They now have 18 months to fund the project.
Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club (RLTC) have launched a community and social media campaign to try and save the courts at the old Burnside Tennis Club.
The club confirmed this week they had agreed to lease the courts from Burnside Bowling Club as they try to bring them back into community use.
The Reformer reported in April this year that the bowling club, an associate of the tennis facility, had taken the decision to close the courts after they fell into disrepair and membership dipped.
RLTC hope to absorb the courts into an expanded facility, operating as a single, fully-integrated, seven court club.
However, the lease will only go live once the funds are in place to upgrade the courts to the same standard as the courts at RLTC’s base on Viewpark Drive.
They hope to raise the money through a combination of existing RLTC funds, grants and a loan, topped up by fundraising.
The social media campaign will use the hashtag # ReturnToSplendour and a project website has be launched at www.ReturnToSplendour.net providing information.
Flyers will be delivered to locals households, local businesses will be approached to help out and former members of BTC will be approached encouraging them to get involved.
RLTC, who have seen their membership rise from 100 to 230 in five years, will also make a presentation at the next meeting of the Burnside Community Council on November 4.
Gareth Ellor, president of RLTC, said the project “will give us the extra space we so badly need to accommodate our fast growing membership and allow us to use our tried and tested recipe to further increase participation, whilst securing the long-term future of this much-loved local facility, benefitting the wider community.”
Formed in the 1920s, at its peak in the 1980s Burnside had up to 150 members and played in the top division of Scottish Tennis’s gents’ competition.
It was seen as a trailblazer, becoming one of the first in Scotland to embrace allweather courts as well as floodlights.
But when it was closed this year, the number of members was believed to be in single figures.
Gareth added: “For us, there is much more to this project than money.
“We want to win the hearts and minds of the local community by working to save these courts in a way that benefits everyone, whilst respecting and remembering the proud history of Burnside Tennis Club.”
No ball games But Burnside tennis courts could be brought back into community use