Hard work pays off

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TENNIS courts in the southside have been revitalised, thanks to a community initiative.

After a second clean-up day with more than 20 volunteers, Newlands Park tennis courts are now almost back to life.

Court one is already in use, with the remaining two courts set to follow soon.

Campaigners are set to meet with representatives from Glasgow city council’s land and environmental services department to arrange completion of phase one of the regeneration.

The group will discuss GCC’s involvement in flattening and lining the courts, straightening the posts and repairing the perimeter fencing.

Lead campaigner Gregor Summers told The Extra: “We are all extremely proud that we have transformed a facility that was dead this time last year.

“We are almost there and we have a lot of people to thank for that – especially the local community and Glasgow city council who are helping to bring the the facility back to its best.”

Last Sunday, campaigners turned up with wheelbarrows, shovels and rakes to brush, flatten and prepare the courts for summer.

Now Mr Summers is aiming to reach out to local people and encourage them to reap the rewards of their hard work.

He continued: “Hillpark, Auldhouse, Giffnock, Newlands and Merrylee border the facility so we want people from all these areas to make use of it.

“The courts are free to play. We are now aiming to access free tennis balls and rackets for anybody to use, that is the only thing standing in the way of this really taking off.

“Hopefully the council will finish off the great work we have started.”

The group are also arranging meetings with SportScotland and the Lawn tennis association in a bid to boulster their fundraising drive.

Campaigners are now organising a fundraising fun day and BBQ on Sunday, June 2.

The Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Newlands-Park-Tennis-Courts-Campaign already has almost 300 likes.