Motion ref. S6M-00534
Congratulations to Giffnock Tennis Club, LTA Club of the Year 2021
Submitted by: Jackson Carlaw, Eastwood, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Friday, June 25, 2021
Supported by: Clare Adamson, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Russell Findlay, Kenneth Gibson, Pam Gosal, Jamie Greene, Craig Hoy, Bill Kidd, Douglas Lumsden, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Stuart McMillan, Douglas Ross, Alexander Stewart, Paul Sweeney, Sue Webber, Brian Whittle
That the Parliament congratulates Giffnock Tennis Club for winning The Lawn Tennis Association's (LTA) flagship Club of Year award for 2021; understands that the club received the commendation for its outstanding work in growing the sport across Eastwood and the Glasgow region, for its fantastic efforts to enhance participation in tennis, and for the way the club has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic; acknowledges that over the course of the pandemic, the club was still able to make the sport welcoming and accessible when activity has been able to proceed in the past 16 months, and fostered a morale boosting and inclusive environment for club members; notes that at the outset of the pandemic, the club established the Giffnock Community Outreach Project in order to make sure that all members, their families and friends would not be left to face any difficulties caused by the pandemic alone and provided a range of vital supports including food parcels, care packages, a telephone buddy system and online social events; recognises that it was the first sports club across Scotland to become COVID-19 compliant with an overhaul of its coaching set up, reconfiguration of facilities, communications network and clubhouse allowing the organisation to achieve its largest ever membership despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic; further recognises that the club has also established a new app and has been at the forefront of leading a welcoming tennis community in Scotland, with participation in the sport at the Percy Drive facility rising by 33%; notes that the club was announced as winners of the award by the Chief Executive of the All England Tennis Club, Sally Bolton OBE, and presented with the prize by the LTA Head of Men's Tennis and Great Britain's Davis Cup captain, Leon Smith OBE, at a live streamed event on Thursday 24 June 2021; notes that the 2021 online ceremony is the sixth year of the LTA Tennis Awards and the purpose of the event is to celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding tennis coaches, volunteers, players, venues and officials throughout the country and that nominations for the eventual 16 national winners were identified from almost 5,000 coaches, 25,000 volunteers, 1,000 officials, 22,000 schools, nearly 3,000 clubs and over 9,000 LTA approved tournaments; again congratulates Giffnock Tennis Club on being named LTA Club of the Year, and praises the club for all of its excellent work during the pandemic.