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JUDY MURRAY & COLIN MONTGOMERIE’S TENNIS AND GOLF DEVELOPMENT GETS SUPPORT FROM UK’S KEY SPORTING BODIES

on August 25, 2014 General

Judy Murray and Colin Montgomerie’s plans to locate Scotland’s first purpose-built Tennis and Golf Centre of its kind at Stirling, has received the backing of three of the UK’s leading sporting bodies.

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) and Tennis Scotland have all pledged their support to the development and have written to the planning authority with their views.

Commenting in their letter to Stirling Council, Brian Mair from the PGA said: “This is our opportunity to demonstrate what Scotland has to offer and, most importantly, create a legacy that will benefit the sport and country in the years to come.”

Davis Cup Captain, Leon Smith from the Lawn Tennis Association was keen to point out that: “This tennis centre will create a special environment whereby both players and coaches can come together to learn from Judy and her coaching team and will greatly strengthen the likelihood of finding another Scottish Wimbledon champion in the future. Judy is also passionate about the Stirling area as a whole and will be able to create very strong community links across the local clubs, schools and parks generating much needed playing activity and at the same time develop a stronger coaching workforce throughout the local area. Scottish tennis needs to continue to develop better players and coaches and this proposed tennis centre can be the leading programme in Scotland to deliver this.”

Comment on sporting facilities, Chairman, Gordon J Baker and President, Ian Conway from Tennis Scotland said: “We are committed to improving access to the sport, increasing and investing in our facilities and improving the tennis workforce to assist in making tennis available to as much of the Scottish population as possible. In our experience, significant independent investments are few and far between and, given our ambitions to grow the game in Scotland on the back of a golden period for Tennis, these [proposals] should be given serious consideration.”

The new leisure centre, planned to be built at Park of Keir between Dunblane and Bride of Allan in Stirlingshire, will include six indoor and six outdoor tennis courts, a six-hole golf course with practice range, mini golf, 3G multi-sport all weather pitch along with changing facilities, coaching suites, and café restaurant. A hotel is also planned to reflect Stirling’s growing importance in tourism and sport.

Plans for the development were announced in autumn 2013 and following a series of public consultation events and meetings with key community stakeholders, the partners have made some changes to the original proposal for the centre and its surroundings.

The partners having listened to both the positive ideas and concerns raised during the community consultation undertaken last year, have made revisions to the golf course and the housing proposal. The Park of Keir proposals will now provide for a 6-hole golf course (reduced from a 9-hole course) which is in direct response to concerns raised by members of the existing Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Golf Clubs, that another golf course would impact on their visitor numbers and memberships. The Park of Keir facility is aimed specifically at beginners and kids who have never played golf, so the need for a full 9-hole course was reconsidered. The shortened “trainer” course also has the dual benefit that people only need a spare hour to play a few holes. This significantly reduces the extent of the proposed Park of Keir sports facilities and will retain an extensive permanent green belt between the local communities of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan.

The partners have also listened to feedback about the proposed housing which is an essential part of the development to ensure that the centre is built debt-free, which in turn is a pre-requsite to ensuring that the cost of access to the facilities will be less than it otherwise would be. Concerns raised about the risk of further future development “creepage” and potential risk of proposed development leading to the coalescence of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, can be put at ease as the developers are keen to enter into discussions with the local communities about them taking ownership of the residual land as a “Community Park” to further enhance the accessibility of the site for leisure and recreational use. The impact of the proposed project on Park of Keir needs to be considered in context, given that only 15% (40 acres) of the overall 282 acres will be utilised for the Sport facilities, hotel and housing area. The remaining 240 acres will remain as green open space, to which public access for general recreational purposes will be greatly improved and more importantly, its future management by the local communities will be secured.

The centre at Park of Keir would be a destination for families to play together and is planned to provide other leisure facilities such as a children’s adventure park, woodland walks and mountain bike trails, all geared to encouraging people to enjoy active sport.

Park of Keir has the benefit of excellent road network access, just off the M9, less than hour from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee and a ninety-minute drive from Aberdeen and Inverness.

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Planning application registered for Park of Keir development

on July 18, 2014 Park of Keir Updates

Park of Keir partners – Judy Murray, Colin Montgomerie and King Group – have today (18 July) registered the planning application for the development of a purpose built grassroots-focused tennis and golf centre at Park of Keir between Dunblane and Bridge of Allan near Stirling.

This once in a lifetime development opportunity comprises six indoor and six outdoor tennis courts, a six-hole golf course with practice range, mini golf, a 3G multi-sport all weather pitch along with changing facilities, coaching suites, and café restaurant. A hotel is also planned to reflect Stirling’s growing importance in tourism and sport. Park of Keir is estimated to create around 170 additional jobs for the local area and it is anticipated that an annual GVA of around £10 million per annum will be injected into the regional economy.

The plans were submitted to Stirling Council after a series of consultation events with local members of the public, which gave key stakeholders the opportunity to view the proposals and discuss the development with the Park of Keir partners. Upon listening to both the positive ideas and concerns raised during the consultations, revisions have been made to the plans. These include scaling back the golf course from nine holes to a six hole “trainer” course, making it ideal for beginners and children and in keeping with the grassroots ethos of the development. This move will also ensure that a permanent green belt will be maintained between the communities of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan.

The partners have also listened to concern over the proposed housing development, which sits alongside the Park of Keir tennis and golf facilities and is an essential part of the development, to ensure that the centre is built debt-free. Local communities were concerned about the risk of further future development “creepage” and the Park of Keir partners are keen to enter into discussions with local communities about them taking ownership of residual land for use as a “community park”, thereby allaying any such concern.

Judy Murray said: “I believe that Scotland needs grassroots facilities to grow our sporting champions of the future and I am thrilled that the planning application process is now officially underway. Park of Keir will make tennis and golf more accessible and affordable for families, and especially for young people and I am excited to see the talent that can be developed not only in the local area, but across Scotland.”

Colin Montgomerie, winner of over 40 international tournament titles, said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to truly develop young sporting talent in Scotland, and I hope that the Park of Keir development will benefit aspiring young sports stars for many generations to come.”

The centre at Park of Keir would be a destination for families to play together and is planned to provide other leisure facilities such as a children’s adventure park, woodland walks and mountain bike trails, all geared to encouraging people to enjoy active sport.

Park of Keir has the benefit of excellent road network access, just off the M9, less than hour from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee and a ninety-minute drive from Aberdeen and Inverness.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Park of Keir project and following its progress can do so at parkofkeir.wpengine.com. Copies of the full planning application documents are also available in the local Dunblane and Bridge of Allan libraries.

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JUDY MURRAY’S & COLIN MONTGOMERIE’S TENNIS AND GOLF DEVELOPMENT IN STIRLING GOES ONLINE

on June 23, 2014 Park of Keir Updates

Judy Murray and Colin Montgomerie have today (23 June) launched their plans to locate Scotland’s first purpose-built Tennis and Golf development of its kind at Stirling, Scotland’s City of Sport, online at parkofkeir.wpengine.com

The new leisure centre, planned to be built at Park of Keir between Dunblane and Bride of Allan in Stirlingshire, will include six indoor and six outdoor tennis courts, a six-hole golf course with practice range, mini golf, 3G multi-sport all weather pitch along with changing facilities, coaching suites, and café restaurant. A hotel is also planned to reflect Stirling’s growing importance in tourism and sport.

Plans for the development were announced in autumn 2013 and following a series of public consultation events and meetings with key community stakeholders, the partners have made some changes to the original proposal for the centre and its surroundings.

The partners having listened to both the positive ideas and concerns raised during the community consultation undertaken last year, have made revisions to the golf course and the housing proposal. The Park of Keir proposals will now provide for a 6-hole golf course (reduced from a 9-hole course) which is in direct response to concerns raised by members of the existing Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Golf Clubs, that another golf course would impact on their visitor numbers and memberships. The Park of Keir facility is aimed specifically at beginners and kids who have never played golf, so the need for a full 9-hole course was reconsidered. The shortened “trainer” course also has the dual benefit that people only need a spare hour to play a few holes. This significantly reduces the extent of the proposed Park of Keir sports facilities and will retain an extensive permanent green belt between the local communities of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan.

The partners have also listened to feedback about the proposed housing which is an essential part of the development to ensure that the centre is built debt-free, which in turn is a pre-requsite to ensuring that the cost of access to the facilities will be less than it otherwise would be. Concerns raised about the risk of further future development “creepage” and potential risk of proposed development leading to the coalescence of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, can be put at ease as the developers are keen to enter into discussions with the local communities about them taking ownership of the residual land as a “Community Park” to further enhance the accessibility of the site for leisure and recreational use.

The Centre has been a long held ambition for Judy Murray to deliver grass roots facilities to grow the champions of the future. She said: “It’s always been my aim to create a real community hub that links with local clubs and schools to grow both tennis and golf in the Stirling area which can nurture and develop Scotland’s most promising players and coaches. Park of Keir will make both sports more accessible and affordable for families, but especially for youngsters. It’s very appropriate timing that we launch this new site as Wimbledon gets under way this week and the spotlight falls on tennis.”

Colin Montgomerie, winner of over 40 international tournament titles, also lives locally to Park of Keir. He commented:  “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to nurture the next generation of Scottish golf and tennis stars and I am thrilled to be involved. Park of Keir will benefit aspiring young Scottish sports stars and I am excited to see what we can achieve.”

The centre at Park of Keir would be a destination for families to play together and is planned to provide other leisure facilities such as a children’s adventure park, woodland walks and mountain bike trails, all geared to encouraging people to enjoy active sport.

Park of Keir has the benefit of excellent road network access, just off the M9, less than hour from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee and a ninety-minute drive from Aberdeen and Inverness.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Park of Keir project and following its progress can now do so at parkofkeir.wpengine.com

Media enquiries:
Debbie Johnston, Spreng & Co

0141 548 5191 /

Park of Keir Plans to be Showcased in Dunblane and Bridge of Allan

on October 3, 2013 Park of Keir Updates

Residents of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan are being invited to contribute their ideas for Judy Murray’s and Colin Montgomerie’s purpose-built tennis and golf destination planned for Park of Keir, just off the Keir Roundabout, which is located between the two communities.

Two community consultation events are to be held – at Dunblane Community Centre on Saturday, 12th October and the Allan Centre on Saturday 26th October from 11am until 4.30pm – where locals can meet the Park of Keir Partnership team and see the outline plans for the development.  Visitors will be asked to share their views on the proposal, put forward their suggestions for what they would like to see included within the development proposal and to contribute their local knowledge of the area to ensure that the development proposed is as complementary to the local communities as possible.

Judy Murray will lead two specially designed sport sessions at each event at 11am and 2pm where she will show families, at first-hand, how time spent being active together can encourage kids to take up and enjoy a lifetime of sport and lead healthy lives.

Park of Keir is Scotland’s first grass roots, purpose-built tennis and golf destination for families with children of all ages.  The plans include six indoor and six outdoor tennis courts; a nine-hole, par 3 golf course; a 4/5 star hotel and conference centre; a range of indoor and outdoor leisure facilities; a tennis museum; and a number of family homes.

The Park Of Keir promoters see this as an opportunity to put the local communities and Scotland at the heart of grass roots sporting development. The developers have yet to submit a planning application and are keen to gain the input of the local communities and understanding of any concerns before doing so.

Judy Murray hopes to realise a long held ambition to set up a centre in Scotland, near to her Bridge of Allan home, which encourages kids to get active in sport and to develop the tennis stars of the future like her world famous sons, Andy and Jamie.

This is a once in a generation chance for us to create a fantastic community tennis and golf destination that is affordable and accessible to everyone.Judy Murray

Judy Murray said: “This is a once in a generation chance for us to create a fantastic community tennis and golf destination that is affordable and accessible to everyone. We really hope that as many people as possible take the opportunity to come along and see for themselves what the Park of Keir project is all about.”

Colin Montgomerie, winner of over 40 international tournament titles, also lives locally to Park of Keir. He said, “I think this is a fantastic project that will help nurture the next generation of Scottish golf and tennis stars. I am very excited to be part of the Park of Keir project and to work with Judy Murray going forward to make this Centre a success.

“Scotland has a long rich history in producing golfers and now Andy Murray has single-handedly provided inspiration for a raft of future tennis stars. I think that creating a single venue in this central location where Scotland’s best golfers and tennis players can train together side by side, sharing know how in a bespoke environment can only benefit aspiring young Scottish sports stars and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve.”

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STIRLING A WINNER IN TENNIS AND GOLF FIRST FOR SCOTLAND

on June 18, 2013 Park of Keir Updates
Proposed Park of Keir Tennis and Golf Centre

Judy Murray and Colin Montgomerie have announced today (18 June) plans to locate Scotland’s first purpose-built Tennis and Golf Centre of its kind at Stirling, Scotland’s City of Sport.

The new centre, to be built at Park Of Keir between Dunblane and Bride of Allan, will become a key element of the Stirling Sports Campus which embraces the University of Stirling (Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence) and the Forthbank sports complex to the east.

My aim is to create a real community hub that links with local clubs and schools to grow both tennis and golf in the Stirling area and can deliver a pathway to excellence for the most promising players and coachesJudy Murray

The Centre has been a long term ambition for Judy Murray to deliver sporting excellence at the heart of the community. She said, “The centre will make both sports more accessible and affordable for families, but especially for youngsters. My aim is to create a real community hub that links with local clubs and schools to grow both tennis and golf in the Stirling area and can deliver a pathway to excellence for the most promising players and coaches.”

Colin Montgomerie, winner of over 40 international tournament titles, also lives locally to Park of Keir. He commented, “I think this is a fantastic project that will help nurture the next generation of Scottish golf and tennis stars. I am very excited to be part of the Park of Keir Centre and to work with Judy Murray going forward to make this Centre a success.

“Scotland has a long rich history in producing golfers and now Andy Murray has single-handedly provided inspiration for a raft of future tennis stars. I think that creating a single venue in this central location where Scotland’s best golfers and tennis players can train together side by side, sharing know how in a bespoke environment can only benefit aspiring young Scottish sports stars and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve.”

Stirling Councillor John Hendry who is leading Stirling’s bid for the National Performance Centre for Sport welcomed the tennis-golf initiative said:

These proposals fit well with our commitment to make sport a driver in improving health and wellbeing across society, encouraging all ages, but particularly the young, to become active in sport.

“Stirling is fast being recognised as Scotland’s city of sport and this announcement strengthens our case for locating the National Performance Centre for Sport in the city”.

The centre will provide six indoor and six outdoor tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course with practice range, mini golf, multi-sport artificial grass courts along with changing facilities, coaching suites, and café restaurant. A hotel is also planned to reflect Stirling’s growing importance in tourism and sport.

The centre at Park of Keir will be a destination for families to play together and will provide other leisure facilities such as children’s adventure park, woodland walks and mountain bike trails, all geared to encouraging people to enjoy active sport

Park of Keir has the benefit of excellent road network access, just off the M9, less than hour from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee and ninety-minute’ drive from Aberdeen and Inverness.

King Group, the owners of the land at Park of Keir, are delighted to announce the choice of Park Of Keir as the potential site for this unique sports venue and look forward to working with Judy Murray and Colin Montgomerie to facilitate the realisation of their plans.

A number of public exhibitions will be held during July and August, 2013 to engage the local community fully in the proposals. Subject to further planning approval, work would start during 2014.

Media enquiries:
Debbie Johnston, Spreng & Co

0141 548 5191 / 07532 183811 /