With a huge recent increase in interest in tennis and a surge in Aboyne Tennis Club’s junior and adult membership over the last couple of years, it has ambitious plans to renew its courts.
The existing surfaces are nearly 40 years old and are wearing out, as well as being badly damaged by the roots of large nearby trees.
The project will remove the trees and fully renew the courts’ surfaces at the existing location, using modern materials.
Plans also include new and improved floodlighting to increase the amount of time available for both coaching and play.
The club’s fundraising efforts recently reached £13,000, just a year after starting and are well on the way to the £25,000 it needs for its contribution towards the project.
It is working closely with Tennis Scotland and Sports Scotland to secure the necessary support, grants and loans to enable the project to go ahead in 2017.
Further information on the club, including membership, may be found here: www.aboynetennis.net.
To make a contribution or run an event to fund raise for the project, please visit www.mydonate.bt.com/charities/aboynetennisclub.
Last Sunday, the club held an autumn mixed doubles play-offs.
Mark Grandison and Julie Mitchell-Mehta won the competition, beating Fraser Anderson and Anke Addy 9-6 in the final to become the Autumn’s mixed doubles champions.