It’s game on at refurbished Bearsden Tennis Club

Bearsden Tennis Club open day, coach gordon Wilson'Photo by Emma Mitchell'20/4/13

Bearsden Tennis Club open day, coach gordon Wilson'Photo by Emma Mitchell'20/4/13

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BEARSDEN Lawn Tennis Club marked the start of a new chapter when local MP Jo Swinson officially opened the newly resurfaced courts.

Members raised the £70,000 needed to re-lay the four courts ready for the new season, which kicked-off on Saturday.

Speaking at ceremony, the East Dunbartonshire MP said the club was a “fantastic” example of community involvement.

She said: “It’s great to see so many club members, including juniors, active in playing tennis, keeping themselves healthy and having a lot of fun in doing it.

“Raising this amount of money on your own is a really fantastic achievement and shows what can be done when you have such an active membership.”

All four courts have been resurfaced with an all-weather astro-turf surface by DOE Sport.

The fourth court was resurfaced last year with the resurfacing of courts one to three completed on time and budget in April.

John Beeley, the club’s president, pointed out that funding for the upgrade came from member subscriptions and fundraising activities, without any assistance from the council or public sporting bodies.

He said: “Looking back at a photo of when the club was founded 126 years ago, a lot of things have changed.

“The women were wearing dresses and the men blazers and ties. And of course they were wielding heavy wooden racquets strung with gut.

“But fundamentally the picture showed the same thing - a group of people from Bearsden gathered together to play tennis.”