The Tennis Scotland Outstanding Achievement Award for 2017 has been lifted jointly by the President of Club of the Year Rutherglen, Gareth Ellor and the ROGY (red, orange, green and yellow) Tour, which has proved to be extremely successful since its relaunch last year.
Gareth was instrumental in Rutherglen’s takeover of the three derelict courts at Burnside, which have now been completely refurbished after £250,000 was raised with Gareth very much the driving force in the fundraising.
Gareth also oversees club committee meetings and the general running of the club, is responsible for the Club’s social media accounts, assists with the Club championships and social events, captains the Gents 1st team and, along with coach Jonny Willox, negotiated a sponsorship deal with McDonalds.
Gareth said of his award “I am absolutely thrilled to receive this award. To be recognised along with all the amazing past winners is truly humbling. My experiences over the last few years have shown me that there are literally hundreds of volunteers who give up their time and work incredibly hard to make Scottish tennis tick. We do it, not for recognition or awards, but because we love the game of tennis and want to see it thrive! I’m just one of this army of volunteers and this award recognises all these wonderful people who we rely on day in, day out to enjoy the sport we all love.”
The ROGY Tour, which was resurrected in 2017, saw nearly 500 players competing (representing 110 clubs), with 1692 matches at 9 different clubs and 95 events overall.
Ran by Neil Harden and Vincent Hivert, the aim of the tour is to help deliver to the local area for local youngsters, in addition to anyone else willing to travel. And travel they did, with one players racking up 720 miles over one weekend travelling from Inverness to Edinburgh and back.
Vincent Hivert from the ROGY Tour commented “It is a great honour to be nominated and and we were overwhelmed to be awarded the Outstanding Achievement award. In the last couple of years the ROGY Tour has focused on running Open tournaments in local clubs in order to have players of all ages and abilities enjoying competitive matches. Working closely with tennis clubs has allowed us to add to Scotland’s competition calendar and this award is extremely encouraging for us for the future.”