200th AEGON Park announcedSpecial landmark for tennis in the community
The AEGON Parks Tennis programme reached a major milestone this week with Kelvingrove park in Glasgow becoming the 200th park to benefit from the initiative.
Kelvingrove joins 199 tennis sites across the UK to have gained ‘beacon status’ under the programme, which started in 2009. Sites are awarded beacon status if they offer quality free and affordable tennis opportunities for the local community.
To mark the occasion, Kelvingrove Park was presented with their LTA accreditation by Ian Murray, AEGON's Head of Sponsorship and Glasgow City Councillor Archie Graham. Local and national journalists attended, as well as members of the local community including children from nearby Hillhead Primary and a group of participants from the ‘Get active’ programme in partnership with Scottish Association for Mental Health.
Recognising this achievement, Britain’s number one female tennis player and Team AEGON player Elena Baltacha said,
‘There's a real buzz around Scottish tennis at the moment so it's fantastic that we're creating more places for people to play tennis. More and more people in Scotland are starting to play because tennis is for everyone - no matter how old you are or what your standard is. It's great that Kelvingrove Park Tennis has been named as the 200th AEGON Park site. I want to send everyone there massive congratulations for all the work they're doing for tennis in the community.’
AEGON Parks is an important part of our lead partnership of British Tennis as it supports the sport at grass roots level and engages with local communities in a similar way to our other community initiatives like AEGON Schools tennis and the Breakfast Club initiative in Edinburgh.
Helping to widen access to tennis in schools and parks.