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Public tennis courts opened on Leith Links

Sport and physical activity
The first public tennis courts to be built in the East of Edinburgh have been officially opened with a match played by local schoolchildren.

Pupils from Leith Primary and St Mary's RC Primary schools enjoyed a game on the new £80,000 courts, which includes a petanque area, just after they were opened by Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison, Sportscotland chief executive Stewart Harris and Environment Convener Cllr Lesley Hinds. Also at the launch ceremony were representatives from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

They fill a gap in public tennis provision in Edinburgh, with no other similar facilities within a five mile radius. Planned activities include an on-going focus on working with local schools, free taster sessions for schools and adults next spring, summer holiday courses, Tennis Leader courses for secondary school pupils, and weekend and after-school sessions later in 2014.

The Leith Links Steering Group was the driving force behind the project, which is made up of Greener Leith members, local councillors, Council officers and local sports' representatives.

The Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund contributed £38,000 towards the development of the facility.

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