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'Advantage North Lanarkshire!'; council leisure services build upon Murray mania

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 10:35 GMT on Thursday, July 11th, 2013.

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AS THE number of people picking up a tennis racquet after Dunblane-born Scottish tennis star Andy Murray won the Men’s Singles at Wimbledon rises, North Lanarkshire Council have announced that they are hoping to catch some Murray mania magic.

North Lanarkshire Council has said that the number of people requesting tennis courts in their areas has risen since Murray took the Wimbledon title, on Sunday. 

The demands from residents throughout North Lanarkshire have now seen North Lanarkshire Leisure announce e bumper investment in the number of tennis courts across the region.

Former Scottish tennis star and current Chief Executive of North Lanarkshire Leisure Blane Dodds said: "It is important we invest in tennis especially given its current popularity and encourage the growth of the game here in North Lanarkshire.

"We would all love to see our next Wimbledon hero coming from this part of the Scotland."

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The introduction of a new indoor tennis court at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Centre has been a great success leading to the formation of the Ravenscraig Tennis Academy; an academy for people of all ages from young children at grass roots level, right through to adult classes to enjoy the sport.

North Lanarkshire’s leisure services body has also announced that short tennis classes are now available as part of North Lanarkshire Leisure's Friday Night Project at Wishaw Sports Centre, Keir Hardie, Birkenshaw, Kirkwood and Calder Community Centre.

In the last 2 years, a schools tennis programme has also been established at Ravenscraig, which delivers coaching between 10am - 12pm every morning.

To get involved, visit or phone 01236 437756.

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