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£1.5m indoor tennis courts planned for Dumfries

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A £1.5m three-court indoor tennis centre is being proposed at the King George V leisure complex in Dumfries.

Tennis Scotland has identified Dumfries and Galloway as one of six priority areas for investment in the sport, and it hopes the project will help develop the sport in the south west of Scotland.

Dumfries and Galloway Council is being asked to agree to the project, which would not come at any capital cost to the local authority. Members of the Council’s Communities Committee will hear about proposals to build the facility when they meet on Tuesday 28 January.

Tennis Scotland and Sport Scotland are investing in the sport through the Transforming Scottish Indoor Tennis Fund (TSITF).

Other areas identified for investment are Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Highlands and the Scottish Borders.

The scheme would provide £1m towards the Dumfries scheme. A further £500,000 would come from other sources.

This is fantastic news for tennis players of the present and of course the future. The pathways this will open up and the opportunities school children will get to develop their tennis skills in this facility are second to none. I have full confidence that officers will work with partners to source funding that’ll allow our Council to provide a brand new facility without spending a pound of our own money. What a fantastic boost to the region.”

– Councillor Andy Ferguson

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