Andy’s army flocks to Kirkcaldy tennis courts

Club Junior Members Joe Costello (14) and Ben Barclay (16) are in the line of fire at Kirkcaldy Lawn Tennis Club
Club Junior Members Joe Costello (14) and Ben Barclay (16) are in the line of fire at Kirkcaldy Lawn Tennis Club

ANDY Murray’s fantastic Wimbledon victory has had a knock-on effect on the number of people wanting to take up the sport in Kirkcaldy.

As well as a huge rise in the number of casual players queuing up to use one of the three courts run by Fife Council in the town’s Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy Lawn Tennis Club off Boglily Road, has also reported a dramatic increase in people attending its purpose built premises.

And every day this week a tennis camp for youngsters has attracted over 30 children trying their hand at the sport under the expert eyes of the club’s coaches.

Lorraine Carruthers, president of the club, which celebrated its centenary last year, said that in the last few months alone another 10 members had joined, with its Friday night coaching sessions regularly bringing along around 80 youngsters.

It also runs adult beginner coaching sessions on Friday nights, which she says have also seen an increase in membership.

The established club boasts three floodlit courts and two non floodlit courts with coaching available for all ages and levels.

“We have a very healthy membership, with many members who have been with us for some time,” said Lorraine.

“Wimbledon time and the run up to it always sees an increase, but this year has definitely been busier. We have had around 10 new members over the past few months as well as several enquiries each week.

“This is great for the club and we are always delighted to welcome new people along, whether they have any previous experience or not.”

Scott Clelland, area parks manager with Fife Council, also reported a sharp rise in the number of people using the public tennis courts over the past few months.

“This summer there has been a huge rise in members of the public using the three courts, and I think that is a mixture of the Wimbledon effect and also the fantastic weather we have had since the schools came off on holiday,” he said.

“The weather the last two summers was terrible and the use of the facilities fell, but this year the combination of the weather and the success of Andy Murray at Wimbledon has meant that lots more people have been wanting to come and play tennis.”

For more information on Kirkcaldy Lawn Tennis Club, visit www.kirkcaldytennis,net or the club coach, Iain Dewar on 07594 670693 or by using the ‘Coaching’ link on the ‘Contact Us’ page.

The courts in Beveridge Park are open daily from 11.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m. (last tickets) and costs £2.90 (adults) and £1.60 children with concessions and equipment hire available.