A BUSINESS entrepreneur from West Kilbride who helped re-launch the city’s tennis membership is to grow to be the vice chairman of a prime sporting physique.
John Wilson, 67, has been named as the following vice chairman of Tennis Scotland and says he’s thrilled on the alternative to get extra households making a racket.
The publish is the end result in an increase up the ranks from a person who has devoted his life to selling the sport.
John stated: “I hope to have the ability to add my very own grass roots information to help the board’s plans to take tennis to the following degree in Scotland.
“Lockdown really attracted individuals to tennis as that and golf have been among the many few issues that folks might do to remain lively.
“At West Kilbride Tennis Membership, throughout Covid, membership has elevated by 50 per cent and there was comparable charges of enhance of memberships in different golf equipment throughout Ayrshire.
“Folks like Andy Murray encourage individuals to select up a racket however you then want the infrastructure to help and develop that preliminary curiosity.”
John has been Tennis Ayrshire president for the previous two years.
He stated: “One of many issues that the committee has finished is to create a route map doc for tennis in Ayrshire the place we will develop the sport.
“We have reached out to Ayrshire communities which have beforehand had golf equipment or courts however not have entry with the concept of stimulating curiosity and re-establishing tennis. I’ve had an excellent response and we’re near getting golf equipment up and working once more in Saltcoats, Kilwinning and Irvine.”
There was speak over time of tennis courts being constructed on Millport. The proposal has by no means come to fruition, however that’s one thing John want to change.
He added: “If there are not any present courts, there may be extra of a problem clearly, however that should not imply the issue is insurmountable. It is advisable increase cash and put in place an infrastructure, in addition to having a dedicated group of individuals to take the concept ahead. They need to then attain out to me or Tennis Ayrshire for useful steerage round how you can transfer ahead. “The Garden Tennis Affiliation has now taken padel below its wing and the LTA present mortgage funding for the creation of padel inside tennis golf equipment. It is a recreation that is rising in recognition and offering a brand new revenue stream for golf equipment.”
One other factor that’s being launched into the tennis calendar is a brand new competitors – the TS100 sequence for Ayrshire membership gamers and is a circuit round totally different golf equipment – however the principle focus for John is getting the following era concerned in tennis.
He stated: “We wish to put a concentrate on junior numbers as participation in children over the past ten years has declined. We have to change the momentum and construct up curiosity once more.
“Utilizing West Kilbride for instance, we’re trialling a brand new household pleasant strategy. Personally I feel that every one golf equipment have to be as inclusive as doable and we have now a set time on Saturdays completely for households to allow them to have a court docket to themselves. Permitting kids to benefit from the recreation at a younger age is vital to protecting them taking part in as they become older.”
John has a powerful enterprise acumen and is a former asset administration firm funding director with IGNIS, accountable for main a group of 15 skilled fund managers plus help employees managing over £3billion of business property belongings in a mixture of funds, together with the second largest quoted sector property funding belief.
He was additionally President at Troon Tennis Membership for 4 years the place he promoted and led a £250k challenge involving the redevelopment of the clubhouse and renewal of entrance three courts.
After retiring, John checked out establishing West Kilbride Neighborhood Sports activities Membership, which additionally noticed the resurrection of the tennis courts. These have been formally opened by Judy Murray, pictured, after securing a variety of grants earlier than re-developing the tennis pavilion,and bettering different sporting amenities in West Kilbride.
John is married to Jean, who can also be a eager member at West Kilbride Tennis Membership, they usually have two grown up kids, Graeme and Lynne, and a grandson, Alec.