A WELCOME boost is being served up to sports fans as tens of thousands of pounds are pumped into new tennis courts at an East Renfrewshire park.

Work on the project at Rouken Glen Park, Giffnock, is under way, with council bosses hoping it will help to uncover the new Andy Murray or Johanna Konta.

A total of £80,000 of council cash is being invested in two public courts next to the Rouken Glen skatepark, which should be completed this summer.
The aim is to encourage more local people to take up sport.

Tony Buchanan, leader of East Renfrewshire Council, said: “I’m delighted to see work now under way to build these additional facilities in Rouken Glen. We already have tennis courts in Cowan Park, Barrhead, so it’s fantastic we can now offer residents across the area the opportunity to access public tennis courts.”

Environment convener Alan Lafferty added: “Rouken Glen is already the jewel in East Renfrewshire’s crown and people flock from far and wide to enjoy our fantastic park.

“This was highlighted when it was crowned the UK’s Best Park, with so many people holding such a close affinity with Rouken Glen.

“Creating two tennis courts will be a fabulous addition and builds on the recent £3million investment to create a new playpark, refurbish the visitor centre and redevelop the walled garden.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the courts up and running in the summer and, hopefully, we’ll get a bit of sunshine so residents can take full advantage of this new facility.”

The investment is being made by the council to replace the two courts that previously existed in Stamperland, before the land there being sold by the owners for development.

Work is being carried out by contractors Ecosse Sports.