Western Health and Racquets club is one of Glasgow’s oldest tennis and racquet sports clubs, and is located in the city’s busy West End.
The club has evolved greatly in the past 12 years, as have the facilities it owns and operates. Since the 1990’s the club has made changes to both its facility offering and business model to enable it to develop, evolve and become a thriving and successful sports club.
Putting in the gym has helped Western LTC enormously. It’s allowed us to make upgrades to our facilities that would have been almost impossible otherwise.”
Ian Campbell, Club Manager, Western Health and Racquets Club.
Before 2001 the club’s facilities consisted of 7 blaise tennis courts and an old clubhouse with run down facilities. Ian Campbell, the club’s manager, told us how the burden and cost of upkeep and maintenance of facilities used to fall on the members because the club was only brining in revenue from membership. It started to drive up the cost of playing the sport, which was bad for both the players who couldn’t afford to play and for the game itself.
At this point the club invested heavily in their facilities, resurfacing the tennis courts and working on improvements to the clubhouse, Ian convinced the club’s committee to open a gym and fitness suite with some of the space and funding that the club had available. What the committee didn't realise at the time was that this new revenue stream would eventually fund some of the club’s most exciting developments.
The club’s facilities now comprise of six floodlit synthetic tennis courts, a mini tennis court and patio with barbeque area. Within the building there are newly refurbished changing rooms, three squash courts, a weights and conditioning room and a fitness suite. The club also has a bar/lounge, treatment room and staff office within the complex.
Western Tennis and Racquets Club offer a full range of membership options for the different facilities but pride themselves on offering a high quality, friendly service to its members. The club has a strong coaching programme for both kids and adults and has developed a welcoming family atmosphere where parents will often come along and use the gym and facilities while their children are playing tennis.
Ian told us that without making this decision to incorporate a gym into the offering, the club would have struggled to afford the necessary replacement of tennis courts, changing rooms and squash court walls that has happened over the past few years.
In the Cardio suite at Western, Origin Fitness installed a range of state of the art equipment which have since had individual plasma screen TVs added. Amongst the kit installed there are several top of the range Star Trac E-TRx treadmills, Star Trac Cross Trainers, Concept 2 Rowing Machines as well as a Spinning eSpinner. The weights and conditioning room contains a selection of quality commercial strength equipment including the versatile Impulse IT712 Dual Adjustable Pulley, Human Sport Chest Press machine, Impulse Leg Press and Impulse Plamax Leg Extension and Leg Curl Dual machine
Western Health and Racquets Club now bring in revenue from 3 main areas; Tennis, Squash and Gym Memberships, Coaching and Personal Training, and the Bar. The new revenue created by the gym and fitness facilities has undoubtedly been the aspect which has allowed them to maintain their reputation for providing a great quality of racquet sports facility and supporting as many as 5 men’s and 5 women’s tennis teams alongside their extensive juniors programmes.
The next step for the club is the construction of a clubhouse extension and the opening of a restaurant, which will be open to the public and will hopefully generate even more income to support the facility and development of the sports club.