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Ace new all-weather venue to be unveiled in Aviemore

By Gavin Musgrove

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A brand new outdoor ‘indoor’ venue has been served up at Rothiemurchus and Aviemore Tennis Club on budget and in time.

Delighted members will officially unveil the new community all-weather facility as part of a fun packed weekend celebration this weekend.

The court with a cover – as it is termed – at the Inverdruie venue cost in the region of £394,000 and is a first for Badenoch and Strathspey.

The new indoor court which has a polymeric playing surface designed to be kinder to joints.
The new indoor court which has a polymeric playing surface designed to be kinder to joints.

Tennis club spokeswoman Yvonne Birnie is delighted with the finished article.

She said: “The construction of the court has gone smoothly.

“It has been helped by the reasonably mild winter and the warm spell of weather in April when the final surface was laid. It is undoubtedly an impressive facility and accessible to all.

“It has already proved its worth when the snow fell over the bank holiday weekend!”

On behalf of the club, Mrs Birnie thanks all the funders, donors, fundraising club members and other supporters who “had faith in the project in whatever way”.

She added: “Special thanks also to project manager Peter Gordon and the contractors Doe Sport (North) Ltd whose commitment and hard work led to the project being delivered on time.”

Work started in October, last year, on the project part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community (Cairngorms Local Action Group) Leader 2014-2020 programme, Sportscotland, Tennis Scotland, local businesses, Highland Council and LTA.

The grand opening of the covered court will be on Saturday at 1pm.

A full programme of events over that weekend has been organised aiming at attracting all ages and families to come along as well as potential venue users.

On offer, amongst other things, will be training from a Level 5 LTA coach, exhibition games, Come and Try sessions for adults and children, a barbecue and tournament.

Club committee members agreed in 2015 to tackle the short playing season by creating a facility similar to the one in Tomatin.Visit www.ratc.co.uk to book for the events and for more details.

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