Doe Sport North's design manager, Ian Davidson, gave young players a big hand at the official launch of new public tennis and petanque courts on the historic Leith Links in Edinburgh. Ian was on court to represent Doe Sport as our new installation was inaugurated by local schoolchildren on Thursday, 31 October 2013.
The courts were opened by the Council's Environment Convener Cllr Lesley Hinds, along with Scotland's Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison MSP, SportScotland chief executive Stewart Harris, Tennis Scotland president Christine Windmill and representatives from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).
Scotland's Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, looks on as Edinburgh's convener of Transport and Environment and former Lord Provost, Lesley Hinds, cuts the tape watched by SportScotland Chief Executive, Stewart Harris. Find Doe’s new tennis courts at Leith next to the bowling greens.
Doe Sport installed three Viscount tennis courts and a bespoke petanque court in a leafy corner of the Links, one of the best known attractions in Leith, the port quarter of Edinburgh. The Council, who'll manage the courts, says planned activities include free taster sessions for schools and adults, summer holiday courses, tennis Leader courses for secondary school pupils, and weekend and after-school sessions later in 2014.
For Doe Sport it's an ideal showcase for our community involvement and just the latest facility we've installed in the city. The petanque court may well be a first for Doe Sport, but it revives a tradition for Leith, where trading ships often brought French sailors to the nearby docks, and beguiled their hosts with their skilled play.
Scotland's Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, joined our Ian Davidson for a short opening service at our new courts on Leith Links in Edinburgh on 31 October. You can see more about what the government is doing to encourage participation here.
Speaking for Doe Sport North, Ian said: "Bringing sport to the community is important for everyone. A high quality environment like this encourages participation which is a very worthwhile legacy, and I'm glad that Doe Sport North can be part of that."
Doe Sport North worked with Council Parks' Officers, in partnership with the Leith Links Steering Group who were the driving force behind the project. The facility was funded using grants from SportScotland, the LTA and the East of Scotland branch of the LTA.
Stewart Harris, CEO of SportScotland, and Doe Sport North’s design manager, Ian Davidson at the 31 October Opening. SportScotland and the LTA were major funders of the new tennis and petanque courts at Leith Links - read the full story from City of Edinburgh Council, here.
Councillor Hinds said: "It is very exciting to see this project become a reality and it is fantastic to see this area being used for such a worthwhile facility. Scotland has already produced a Wimbledon champion and who knows, a future champion could be moving up the ranks in Edinburgh thanks to affordable facilities such as this."
Commonwealth Games and Sports Minister Shona Robison said: "I'm delighted to be here today at the opening of the new tennis and petanque facilities. The Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund will help communities across Scotland improve their facilities and will appeal to Scots young and old to get more active. I want as many people as possible to benefit and to be inspired by the Commonwealth Games athletes, as well as role models such as Andy Murray, to adopt healthier, more active lives."
Doe Sport's Ian Davidson gives a big hand - two big hands - to the first players on the new tennis courts at Leith Links in Edinburgh. As you can see, everyone's got their Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy Tshirts and can't wait to start playing. (photo Phil Wilkinson)
Mr Harris said: "With the Commonwealth Games less then a year away, it is fantastic to see one of the first Active Places legacy projects being delivered here in Leith. To have a centre like this, right at the heart of a community, will undoubtedly have a very positive impact."
Peter Gordon, Tennis Development Manager for Tennis Scotland, said: "Leith Links is one of the first projects in a programme to build community tennis facilities across Scotland to offer people of all ages the opportunity to play tennis in their local community."
Doe Sport North is already working on other projects in Edinburgh, and across Scotland. We're committed to bringing the best quality sporting facilities to communities, clubs, corporate and bespoke clients. Please contact us to talk about what Doe could do for you.