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 park-of-keir.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
Debbie Johnston, Spreng & Co