A ten­nis legacy for ev­ery­one

The Scotsman - - Perspective -

When Judy Mur­ray’s sons were young ten­nis hope­fuls she de­voted years to hon­ing their tal­ent. But not all po­ten­tial sports stars have par­ents who can of­fer such help.

For other peo­ple, in­spired by Wim­ble­don and want­ing to give the sport a try, the first hur­dle can be the lack of in­door courts, in­door or out­door. So the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment grant­ing plan­ning per­mis­sion for the ten­nis and golf cen­tre at Park of Keir, spear­headed by Ms Mur­ray, is to be wel­comed.

The devel­op­ment is not about elite sport, it’s about get­ting ev­ery­one or any­one in­volved. As well as a lack of sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties, Scot­land has health is­sues and an obe­sity cri­sis. Sport and ex­er­cise are im­por­tant ways of com­bat­ing – or pre­vent­ing – these prob­lems.

Whether you are into ten­nis or not, the pro­pos­als would get kids to be more ac­tive. We need more such sports fa­cil­i­ties, yet it has been a strug­gle to get this cen­tre es­tab­lished – at a time when we have had the world’s No1 men’s sin­gles and dou­bles play­ers.

It’s a re­lief com­mon sense pre­vailed on this oc­ca­sion.

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