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Every little helps as Judy Murray opens Rutherglen tennis courts

Monday, 06 November 2017

TENNIS coach Judy Murray last week officially opened three revamped Rutherglen tennis courts, which were one of the first beneficiaries of Tesco Bags of Help funding in Scotland.

The Burnside Tennis Courts have been transformed following a £250,000 three year project. The derelict courts – which used to be part of Burnside Tennis Club – have been brought back to life with a cutting edge artificial clay surface and modern clubhouse.

The new courts will now be used to accommodate the growing membership of the nearby Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club.

Tesco donated £8000 to the £250,000 project through its Bags of Help initiative.

Gareth Ellor, president of Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that project #ReturnToSplendour is now complete. With help from Tesco Bags of Help we’ve created one of the nicest tennis facilities anywhere in Scotland, turning a local eyesore into something the whole community can benefit from and be proud of for generations to come.”

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded £37million to 8,000 projects.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, said: “It is wonderful to see this project come to fruition, and it shows first-hand how a Bags of Help grant can assist important local projects.

“Through our National Charity Partnership with Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation we at Tesco have been focussing a great deal on helping people make small, positive changes to their lifestyles.

“Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club - with its membership at an all-time high - is a perfect example of how people can and are adopting healthy lifestyles.

 “This is just the beginning for Bags of Help and we are hugely excited for the future as the scheme continues to grow and help even more groups across the UK.”

Bags of Help provides thousands of projects with vital funding every year.

Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by Tesco customers every time they shop, using a blue token given to them at the checkout – the projects being voted on change every other month.

Community groups and charities can apply for funding and Tesco customers and colleagues can nominate projects that they’d like to see receive some cash. Just ask in store for more information of visit the Bags of Help website, www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp