Ruther­glen ten­nis club open day

New plea to the com­mu­nity to help save courts

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen Lawn Ten­nis Club are telling the com­mu­nity they still need their sup­port to save the iconic Burn­side courts.

The club held their open­ing week­end last week, with around 400 peo­ple show­ing up over the course of two days.

As well as at­tract­ing new mem­bers, the event let the club high­light their Re­turn to Splen­dour cam­paign as they en­ter a vi­tal phase of their at­tempt to save the courts at the old Burn­side Ten­nis Club.

The group will start sub­mit­ting fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions over the next few months and two ma­jor fundrais­ing events are in the pipe­line.

On April 24 the club will host its Big Team Chal­lenge.

And in early June the three main coaches will join pres­i­dent Gareth El­lor in play­ing ten­nis on the peaks of the high­est moun­tains in Scot­land, Eng­land and Wales in just 24 hours.

The chal­lenge will take them from Sn­odown to Scafell Pike and then up to Ben Nevis be­tween June 4 and 5, with half the money go­ing to Sports Re­lief and the other to Re­turn to Splen­dour.

Club pres­i­dent Gareth said: “The two big things we can do to get fund­ing are to raise money so we can fund as much of the pro­ject our­selves as pos­si­ble and show that the com­mu­nity is right be­hind us.

“We need as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to sign up. If we can raise a lot of money and the com­mu­nity give us their sup­port then we have a good chance of sav­ing the courts.

“I would en­cour­age any­one in­ter­ested to make a do­na­tion or spon­sor us.”

The open­ing week­end was a great suc­cess at the club, with Par­a­lympian Kevin Simp­son stop­ping by on Satur­day to show off his skills.

The club are hope­ful of start­ing their own wheel­chair sec­tion and Kevin of­fered tips and ad­vice.

On the Sun­day the schools ten­nis fes­ti­val took place, with nine teams tak­ing part, and it was Burn­side who cel­e­brated vic­tory. Gareth said: “The week­end went re­ally well. “Kevin was re­ally good with the younger wheel­chair play­ers.

“Over­all we man­aged to sign up a few mem­bers, got the chance to pro­mote Re­turn to Splen­dour and main­tained the high pro­file of the club.”

Ruther­glen Lawn Ten­nis Club is based in View­park Drive.

Go to www. re­turn­tosplen­dour. net for more in­for­ma­tion on the cam­paign to save the Burn­side courts.

In­spi­ra­tion Kevin Simp­son with some of the wheel­chair play­ers

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What a rac­quet There was a great turnout at the open­ing

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Net gain Erin Rus­sell, Scot­tish un­der-12 num­ber one

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Skills Kevin Simp­son in ac­tion

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