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.
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.”
Debbie Johnston, Spreng & Co