Starter for ten(nis) – club hopes it will be ‘love all’ at quiz night!

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HERE’S a quiz question for you – which community club is doing great things for sport for people of all ages and is raising vital funds?

The answer is Bishopbriggs Tennis Club, which is holding a star-prize quiz night to generate cash for three new all-weather courts plus floodlights.

It is estimated the club will need around £135,000 and smashing fundraising efforts will be served up to help reach the total.

Organiser and club coach Allwyn Crawford said it is essential to revamp the facilities in order to keep their new-improved membership.

She said: “The club will need to find some of this money ourselves and we are looking into grants we can apply for, then meeting with sportscotland.”

The fundraising quiz night is on March 22 at Bishopbriggs Golf Club. Tickets are sold out for the event.

Allwyn said: “The list of prizes for the fundraising evening is endless.

“So many local businesses have generously donated, for which we are very grateful.

“Links have been set up and there is a real community spirit to help us.

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the people in Bishopbriggs and surrounding areas, who through either their own personal efforts, or through their business, are donating.

“We really do all appreciate it. I have come across wonderful people, and new friendships formed.”

The club has four sponsors at the moment – Bishopbriggs Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic, Absolute Asset Management (Bishopbriggs), Kevin Armstrong, painting and decorating contractor (Bishopbriggs) and SC Designs, Bishopbriggs.

However, there’s an opportunity for another major sponsor to get involved and that is where local firms are being invited to come forward.

The club believe it would be a win-win situation – generating support for the club, and advertising and goodwill for the sponsor.

The successful business could have their company banner on netting, advertising on club t-shirts and links to the website.

The club has over 60 junior members and the same number of seniors, however they are confident the membership will be even higher this year.

Bishopbriggs Tennis Club is located just off Balmuildy Road (behind the Church of Scotland hall) and has been running for the past 50 years.

Last year saw a dramatic rise in membership, with a coaching programme put together by Allwyn Crawford.

New incentives were offered, and mini-tennis and junior tennis coaching was quick to catch on, followed by adult coaching, touch tennis, tots tennis and much more.

However, the club is currently only open for six months of the year because of the courts, which flood regularly and are unplayable in the winter – hence the need for improvement.

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