Work has begun on the first tennis facility to receive investment from the Transforming Scottish Indoor Tennis fund (TSIT). A project to build a new £1.63m facility in Elgin secured investment worth £1.12m from TSIT, a fund delivered in partnership by sportscotland, the Lawn Tennis Association LTA) and Tennis Scotland. Moray Sports Foundation will contribute the balance of £511,000 towards the new centre.
The new four-court facility, managed by Moray Sports Centre, will provide players in the local area with year-round access to indoor tennis in an affordable and inclusive space. The aim is to not only provide more and better opportunities for the existing tennis community, but also to increase awareness of the sport of tennis and encourage more people to play.
It is hoped that having access to tennis all year round will not only create opportunities for increased participation, but will also allow the centre to host competitions, allow performance athletes to progress locally, and support coach and workforce development.
Plans for the centre also include the introduction of a tennis coaching programme, with outreach activity for schools and disability tennis.
Stewart Harris, Chief Executive, sportscotland, said: “This is an important milestone for the TSIT project. The past couple of years have been exceptionally challenging for everyone, so it is fantastic that our partners, Moray Sports Foundation, have remained committed to delivering an indoor tennis facility.
Scott Lloyd, LTA CEO, added: “More indoor facilities are absolutely crucial to our ambition to open up tennis to many more people, and so it is fantastic to see work start on this milestone project in Scotland. The new centre at Moray will be a valuable addition to the existing network of 89 community indoor tennis centres across Britain that play a pivotal role in supporting the physical and mental health of people in their local communities.”
The TSIT will see a significant investment into facilities, with £15million committed to the development of indoor tennis centres in Scotland.