Gi­ant step for­ward for ten­nis club’s am­bi­tion

£70,000 cash boost

Rutherglen Reformer - - Gossip Girl - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen Lawn Ten­nis Club ( RLTC) have taken a mas­sive step to­wards re­turn­ing the courts at Burn­side to their for­mer glory.

As pre­vi­ously re­ported in the Re­former, the club are keen to take over the courts which have lain va­cant since Burn­side Ten­nis Club shut down last year.

And mem­bers have now been in­formed the club have been awarded £70,000 from the Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion and Ten­nis Scot­land for the project.

RLTC will need £230,000 to bring the courts back into play, with this cash tip­ping them over the halfway mark.

They have al­ready re­ceived £8000 through a Tesco Bags for Help award and have raised £10,100 of their own £20,000 tar­get.

A fur­ther £32,000 will come from the club it­self.

In a news­let­ter to mem­bers, the club com­mit­tee said they were con­fi­dent the courts would be back in oper­a­tion by next sum­mer.

They added: “This is a huge mile­stone and a mas­sive step to­wards mak­ing this dream come true.”

The club have also ap­plied for £50,000 from the Sportscot­land ‘ fa­cil­i­ties fund’ with the ap­pli­ca­tion now at the fi­nal stage.

This will be de­ter­mined by a panel ar­ranged for next month.

The com­mit­tee say they are “very op­ti­mistic” this will be suc­cess­ful.

Progress is con­tin­u­ing on an ap­pli­ca­tion through the Land­fill Com­mu­ni­ties Fund but work is also on­go­ing to ex­plore other fund­ing op­tions.

Once the fund­ing is in place the de­ci­sion on whether to pro­ceed will go to an EGM.

The club launched a so­cial me­dia cam­paign # re­turn­tosplen­dour to sup­port the project. You can find out more or make a do­na­tion at www. re­turn­tosplen­dour.net.

Fundrais­ing Ruther­glen Lawn Ten­nis Club mem­bers, in­clud­ing club pres­i­dent Gareth El­lor (front) com­pleted the three peaks chal­lenge to help raise money for the cam­paign and they will be even hap­pier to have re­ceived £70,000 from the LTA and Ten­nis Scot­land

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