Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club has lifted the Tennis Scotland Club of the Year title for the second year in succession.
The Glasgow based club has kicked on following last year’s success, having acquired and funded for an additional three clay courts at Burnside, giving a total capacity of seven courts that provide a thriving community facility.
With membership now over 350, compared to just 100 as recently as just six years ago, and funding of approximately £250,000 having been raised for the new facility, Rutherglen continues to go from strength to strength and President Gareth Ellor commented “To receive the Tennis Scotland Club of the Year Award for the second straight year is truly overwhelming! This wonderful recognition for the amazing team of hard working and dedicated volunteers and coaches we have at Rutherglen LTC who’ve worked tirelessly to transform all areas of the club to give our members and the wider community the best possible opportunities and experience. It’s wonderful that our efforts have been recognised once again across the Scottish tennis community and this gives us all a massive shot in the arm to continue our great work.”
The Club continues to grow and expand its wheelchair tennis programme with pivotal input from former GB Paralympian Kevin Simpson while the Club’s coaches are working on an ongoing basis with local schools, McDonalds who sponsor Rutherglen, as well as local youth groups to inspire more people to play tennis more often.
Doc McKelvey from Tennis Scotland added. “Gareth Ellor recently gave a talk to Tennis Scotland on club development and they really are the benchmark for clubs throughout the country. Gareth leads a team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who each bring something to the party and it is through sheer hard work and determination the Club has reached the heights it has today. They are a most deserving winner of this prestigious award.”