Drumchapel Tennis Club has been confirmed as the Tennis Scotland Community Venue of the Year for 2017.
The Club, which has the motto ‘Tennis for Everyone’ certainly lives up to that vision, priding itself on being accessible to all, boasting a member age range of 4 to 79 and an open door policy that encourages anyone to walk in off the street and try tennis regardless of ability, income, ethnicity or gender.
Drumchapel also utilises social media extensively to promote the sport, using Facebook and Twitter to provide members and non-members alike with news of classes, social media sessions, fun days and how to get involved in tennis. The website is modern, professional and updated regularly and SMS texting has been introduced for members, an initiative that has been well received.
Membership at the Club continues to grow at more than 15% annually and the balance between catering for beginners and playing competition has been met with Drumchapel Gents 1st team gaining promotion to the 1st division last year, a second Ladies team was entered into the leagues for the first time in more than half a century and coach Gordon Conner selected for the West of Scotland Over 60’s County squad.
Drumchapel Tennis Club has a presence in multiple venues including Drumchapel Park, Knightswood Park, several local schools and the Club itself, resulting in a real ‘family feel’ to its many activities.
Commenting on the accolade, lead volunteer Eric Flack said, “We are thrilled to receive this award. The club continues to grow year on year, and we pride ourselves on bringing tennis into the local community. We had a fantastic year in 2017 with a growing membership base, newly qualified coaches and classes, a new ladies team and great team results. We are humbled to receive this award as recognition for the work we do - we just want everyone to play and love tennis as much as we do! Tennis is for everyone!”