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Busby Lawn Tennis Club

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Busby Lawn Tennis Club, located in Busby, East Renfrewshire, Scotland, just south of Glasgow, boasts a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1924. The club marked its centenary in 2024.


The origins of Busby Lawn Tennis Club can be traced back to a previous incarnation. The original club emerged in 1893 when it was granted access to its current site in exchange for clearing an unsightly corner of a field.[1]. (It is important to note that this early version of the club is distinct from Busby and District LTC, which later underwent a name change to Thorntonhall LTC in 1898.) However, records indicate a decline of the club by the turn of the century, suggesting its dissolution.

The current club was established in 1924[2]. Busby LTC officially acquired the land, including a clubhouse, in 1926[3]. Over the decades, the club experienced various transformations, including a merger with Muirend LTC in 1948, resulting in the temporary renaming of the club to Busby & Muirend LTC, before reverting to its original name in 1960. Despite encountering challenges such as court disrepair in the 1960s and a devastating fire in the mid-1980s, the club persisted and continued to serve its members.

Notable milestones in the club's history include the acquisition of a chalet in 1981 and the subsequent rebuilding of the clubhouse in 1985 following the fire. However, the decline of clay courts led to the dissolution of junior teams in 1995. Nevertheless, through strategic grants and fundraising efforts, the club thrived, culminating in the establishment of new facilities, including floodlit all-weather courts in 1998, funded by a grant from the Scottish Sports Council Lottery Fund plus the proceeds from the sale of a plot of land which was previously court 4. The new facilities were officially opened on 6 September 1998 by footballer Ally McCoist, Provost Allan Steele, and J Grant Duncan from the Scottish Sports Council[4]

In subsequent years, Busby LTC expanded its membership base by absorbing members from defunct clubs such as Stamperland LTC in 2001, as well as Eaglesham and Weir Recreational LTCs. The club received further recognition in 2012 when Kathleen Watson was awarded the LTA Volunteer of the Year Award for Scotland.

The commitment to excellence persisted, as evidenced by the comprehensive renovation of the courts in 2017, funded by a combination of club resources and a grant from Viridor. This renewal was commemorated with an official opening ceremony attended by notable figures, including Jackie Bird.

The centenary was marked by multiple events in 2024. As Busby Lawn Tennis Club enters its second century, it remains a cornerstone of the local sporting landscape, embodying resilience, community spirit, and a passion for tennis.


  1. Scottish Referee, 20 April 1894
  2. Minutes of inaugural meeting
  3. Sasine search sheet 96-422, County of Lanark
  4. Eastwood Extra, 10 September 1998

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