Queen’s Park Community Tennis club has been confirmed as the Tennis Scotland Community Venue of the Year for 2016.
The club, led by Mary McCabe, invests in its coaches, ensuring they are given every opportunity to progress in their career as well as develop as a person. The club also actively promotes and delivers a number of programmes including Great British Tennis Weekends, Tennis Tuesdays, Advantage Tennis, Tennis Xpress, Cardio Tennis, Parent & Child Sessions as well as Mini Tennis open days.
Mary was integral to the creation of Queen’s Park Community Tennis Club, which has been operating on Queen’s Park Tennis Courts since 2006 when it was incorporated at the request of Culture & Sport Glasgow. Since that time they have grown to be one of the most successful Community Tennis Clubs in Glasgow, delivering all coaching sessions on behalf of Glasgow Life, who manage the facility. They offer a varied programme for all age groups and abilities and are extremely welcoming to new players, while the programme offers excellent value in terms of the coaching provided and the amount charged.
Due to a recent funding bid, led by Mary, the club has been awarded a grant through the LTA Club Funding Support Service in connection with Oaks and Mary’s plan is to enlarge the current offer that the club have with local community groups and schools.
Mary said “Queen's Park Community Tennis Club, in partnership with Glasgow Sport, provides access to tennis for the whole community. This award recognises everyone's effort in achieving our success. With refurbished courts and pavilion we hope to continue to increase participation in our great sport in the years ahead.”
Clubs across Scotland are striving to build relationships within their community through coaching in schools and opening their doors to their neighbours so it is no surprise that there were some strong nominations for this award. Some of the shortlisted nominations were:
*Drumchapel Tennis Club has a real family feel and community spirit to it and prides itself on affordability and accessibility within the local area. It is a no frills club with focus on getting the local community involved in tennis. A team of volunteers help with operating activities and self-fundraising. It has sessions in two local council run parks as well as the club grounds, making 16 community courts accessible for tennis. A high percentage of attendees are families and children. Membership and participation is on the rise and the club's community reputation is respected throughout the West of Scotland.
The club runs family tennis and tennis for free at weekends. It also participates in LTA initiatives such as Tennis Tuesdays, Advantage Tennis and any other events going. The fees for the club are affordable making the club more accessible to a wider population of the community.
*West Kilbride tennis courts are available to everyone in West Kilbride, either as a member, various come and try sessions or pay and play tennis. The membership has deliberately been set at a low affordable rate to attract as many members as possible and since April they now have 140 of all ages.
The coaching staff visit the local schools and indoor tennis has been organised for the juniors over the winter months to keep interest high. Social tennis for all is very important in the club with groups meeting on mornings and weekends. They also have a parent and toddler group where the parents are encouraged to join in the fun - hopefully coaching the stars of the future!