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Stewartry Community Sports Club
Registered Scottish Charity SCO43061
SCSC is a community based sports club located in Castle Douglas, with five sports - tennis, squash, racketball, weights/keep fit, and table tennis.
In 2014/2015 the club raised £250,000 for an extension and improvements to the clubhouse. It now provides upgraded, modern changing facilities, including disabled access, with eco-friendly underfloor heating, sensor-operated lighting, and electronic entry and security systems. The club extension was officially opened by Judy Murray in May 2015. The newly created gym area was completely re-equiped in April 2017 with new kit for weights and general fitness training. In addition, work started at the beginning of February 2018 to create a new Aerobics Room by combining redundant space in the Ladies and Gents changing rooms. By breaking through part of the dividing wall and adding a new stud wall, we now have a new exercise area to house all our treadmills etc, completely separate from the changing and shower areas - please see separate news articles. The club provides access to squash, racketball, table tennis and tennis, gym/keep fit, all available under one membership.
The tennis courts were also upgraded with new fencing and gates, enhancing the overall appearance of the club within its attractive environment beside Carlingwark Loch. SCSC provides Castle Douglas with the best sports club in Scotland for the size of town. The membership is over 300 and growing. It caters for all abilities and ages, with the youngest being 5, and the oldest 83! The new gym facilities have proved popular with the younger members of the community, and the membership base extends as far as Carsphairn, Dalry, Newton Stewart and Dumfries, as well as heavy support from the town and nearby villages. As mentioned above, in April 2017, club members completely refitted the gym with new equipment bought from club funds, and 2018 saw the creation of our new Aerobics Room. Also in the Summer of 2017 the tennis courts were cleaned and repainted, and the squash courts given new floors and front wall systems. The club now arguably has the best tennis and squash courts in the area!
Top Scottish squash player, Greg Lobban, (Scotland #2, World PSA #38), visited the club in February 2016, and featured in an exhibition match and coaching sessions with national team mate and Scotland #1, Alan Clyne.
The club provides free tennis coaching for juniors and seniors throughout the season, and free coaching is also available for squash and racketball. SCSC also provides a training area for more advanced squash players, with Faith Sinclair playing for the Scottish Masters side who won the last Four Nations Championship. Faith played in the World Masters in South Africa in September 2016, after being a very creditable runner up last time. More recently, Faith became the British Masters WO65 champion, as per separate report.
The club plays in the Tennis Dumfries & Galloway Leagues, with the ladies side winning the 2016 and 2017 titles, and the men’s side finishing runner up in their league. Our squash team also competes in the local First Division, with a new inter-club Racketball league being mooted by the D&G organisers. Individual club members have also competed across Scotland in open Squash and Racketball tournaments. Friendly inter-club Racketball matches have also been organised.
We were very pleased to be awarded the Club of the Year Award by the Stewartry Sports Council in November 2015.
SCSC encourages local people of all ages and abilities to be fit and active, supporting their efforts with excellent new facilities.