‘Biggest-ever’ tennis facilities investment a sign of things to come, says sportscotland chair
Leisure Opportunities
Job search
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
star job
Central Foundation Girls' School
Scale 5 (Spine point 14) £23,577 actual salary
Bow Road, London, UK
truGym
Competitive
Nationwide, United Kingdom
Everyone Active
Competitive
Enderby Leisure & Golf Centre, Blaby
star job
Core Health & Fitness
Competitive salary plus commission
South East, UK
Coach Gyms
£20K Basic circa
Leeds, UK

‘Biggest-ever’ tennis facilities investment a sign of things to come, says sportscotland chair

Job opportunities
training opportunity
Les Mills
location: Nationwide, United Kingdom
Core Health & Fitness
Competitive salary plus commission
location: South East, UK
Central Foundation Girls' School
Scale 5 (Spine point 14) £23,577 actual salary
location: Bow Road, London, UK
more jobs

sportscotland’s “biggest-ever” capital investment in tennis signifies the body’s intention to put sport front and centre of national consciousness, according to its chair Mel Young.

Last month, the funding organisation partnered with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to plough £7.5m (US$9.2m, €8.9m) each into an indoor facilities programme, which will see the number of weather-protected tennis courts double over the next decade.

Young – who was appointed as chair just over six months ago – told Sports Management that sportscotland would embark on further initiatives of this type to make Scotland a “really sporty nation”.

“Investing in tennis fits in with our overall plan,” he said. “We’re trying to build a world-class sporting system for everybody in Scotland, although tennis has grown in popularity because of the Murrays.”

He highlighted work done on the £33m (US$40.5m, €39m) Oriam sport centre, and the future National Centre Inverclyde – which is being billed as one of the most advanced sport centres for disabled people – as evidence of sportscotland’s intention.

One of Young’s main considerations was making sport and physical activity within reach for people from hard-to-reach demographics, such as those from deprived inner city conurbations, or those in rural areas.

“It’s an exciting time,” he said. “The ambition is to make Scotland a really sporty nation and we’re pushing down the track. We want to win medals, but we also want everyone involved and having fun doing it.”

Sportscotland and the LTA are on the hunt for partners – such as local authorities and leisure trusts – to build the new facilities, with an emphasis on taking a “balanced approach” by spreading the venues around the country.

Young was also keen to stress that it would be an advantage if potential partners had their own capital to invest in the project as well.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Sportscotland’s “biggest-ever” capital investment in tennis signifies the body’s intention to put sport front and centre of national consciousness, according to its chair Mel Young.
SAR
THUMBTHUMB8488_983241.jpg
Core/Stairmaster
Core/Stairmaster