Tennis legend Judy Murray has backed calls for Aberdeenshire Council to install floodlights and resurface two tennis courts at The Den, Auchenblae.
The mother of Andy and Jamie Murray, both former No1.s, tweeted:
How about it Aberdeenshire Council? Looks like a gorgeous setting. Perfect for families and community engagement. If u fix the courts, il build u a tennis workforce from the local community. https://t.co/OhK5iesgRJ
— judy murray (@JudyMurray) May 6, 2018
The tweet was in response to another tweet by Kris Soutar, the Head Coach of Tennis on the Road. An organisation founded to bring tennis to a whole new generation of children:
The Den at Auchenblae, play park with 2 tennis courts end to end. Would be a lovely spot for a nice game of tennis on a summers night. No houses nearby so perfect for floodlights and a resurface 😉 #opportunityknocks #opportunityhits #opportunitygames pic.twitter.com/ZITieCa30g
— Kris Soutar (@KrisSoutar) May 6, 2018
Auchenblae village is unique as the ground that the current tennis courts are located on is wholly owned by the village. While this could mean that Aberdeenshire Council wouldn’t fund any resurfacing works, it was also suggested that Auchenblae could apply to the Tennis Scotland facility fund if a plan was put together.
Lindsay Shaw, treasurer of the tennis club commented: “We shall certainly be looking into different funding sources (including the TSFF and local windfarms) to resurface our courts.
“We are very proud of our village tennis club, which has 70 active junior members, a wonderful coach and a pop-up cafe. Auchenblae has a great community spirit, with lots of activities for residents and visitors of all ages, and our tennis club is one of our success stories! But it would be lovely if Judy Murray were able to visit, so we could show her what we’ve achieved so far and get her advice and support about developing our club further. “