COMMUNITY VENUE OF THE YEAR 2016
In 2016, we were shortlisted as Community Venue of the Year by Tennis Scotland. This was an honour and we are very proud! Sadly we didnt win, but we were in final three. You can read more about it here.
"Drumchapel Tennis Club has a real family feel and community spirit to it and prides itself on affordability and accessibility within the local area. It is a no frills club with focus on getting the local community involved in tennis. A team of volunteers help with operating activities and self-fundraising. It has sessions in two local council run parks as well as the club grounds, making 16 community courts accessible for tennis. A high percentage of attendees are families and children. Membership and participation is on the rise and the club's community reputation is respected throughout the West of Scotland.
The club runs family tennis and tennis for free at weekends. It also participates in LTA initiatives such as Tennis Tuesdays, Advantage Tennis and any other events going. The fees for the club are affordable making the club more accessible to a wider population of the community. The club runs family tennis and tennis for free at weekends. It also participates in LTA initiatives such as Tennis Tuesdays, Advantage Tennis and any other events going. The fees for the club are affordable making the club more accessible to a wider population of the community.
YOUNG VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR 2016
Ross Taylor, a member and coach from our past, won Young Volunteer of the Year! Well done to Ross! Congratulations! You can read more about Ross here.
Abertay Student, Ross Taylor, has been named as the Tennis Scotland Young Volunteer of the Year.
Ross, originally from Glasgow and a member of Drumchapel Tennis Club, is currently in his 3rd year studying Sports Development and Coaching at the University of Abertay. He has been a driving force in the development of tennis at his University club. In his role as captain he has worked closely with the University and the city to create bigger and better tennis playing opportunities across Dundee.
His passion and determination motivates people to get on court, even those who would never have thought about picking up a racquet. When he isn't studying or playing tennis himself, he is coaching, running tournaments or helping the club to develop. In Ross' time as Captain, he has helped the club rise from 10 to 51 members and has also been innovative in setting up charity tournaments for MacMillan Cancer Support across the country, from Skye to Glasgow!
Reacting to the award, Ross commented, "Tennis has, in many ways, given me more than I ever thought was possible. From my own playing experiences to growing the game as a coach and a University ambassador, Tennis has become something I am fiercely passionate about sharing with everyone I meet. It has taken me around the UK including the Isle of Skye and, without those experiences; I would not be as confident or as motivated as I am today."