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Club’s plea for secure future

Section:  Moffat  | Tags: , , ,

FEARS that a popular tennis competition might not have a future have surfaced once again.

tennis ball on a tennis court

The South of Scotland Tennis Tournament is played at Beechgrove Tennis Club in Moffat each year, but four times in the last seven — including this year — it has been affected by adverse weather.
The organising club has now expressed fears they face an uncertain future without confirmation of new courts.
Speaking on behalf of the club this week, Michael Goldie explained that the competition dates back to the early 1900s, has
grown in stature over the past 20 years and is now one of the largest tennis competitions in Scotland.
He said: “Both the Tournament Committee and the Beechgrove Tennis Club Committee wait to see if Dumfries and Galloway Council can successfully source funding and approval to have all six court relayed with a surface fit for modern play.
“Without new courts, who knows what will happen to the event in the future.”
A spokesman for Dumfries and Galloway Council said: “Dumfries and Galloway Council has made an application to sportscotland (amongst others) for funding.
“A decision cannot be made on that application until we have planning permission.
“A planning application has been submitted and we are awaiting the outcome.”
If anyone would like to donate or help raise funds to assist with the project they should contact Michael at southofscotlandtennistournament@yahoo.com

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