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Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Judy Murray and Colin Montgomerie head sports development with hotel
A 150-bedroom hotel is at the centre of plans to develop a grassroots tennis and golf academy near Stirling, headed by Judy Murray and Colin Montgomerie.
Alongside the four-to-five star hotel, the Park of Keir project is set to feature six indoor and six outdoor tennis courts, six-hole golf course, 3G multi-sport all-weather pitch, a café-restaurant and Andy Murray tennis museum. There will also be a development of 100 houses.
The sporting facilities, which will be located between Dunblane and the Bridge of Allen, will be aimed at beginners and children.
Partners in the Park of Keir – Murray, Montgomerie and construction firm the King Group – are currently holding informal discussions with potential operators for the proposed hotel.
Judy Murray, a tennis coach and mother of former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, said that she has had a long-term ambition to create a community hub that will help nurture and develop Scotland’s most promising players and coaches.
“Park of Keir will make both sports more accessible and affordable for families, but especially for youngsters,” she explained.
Colin Montgomerie, winner of over 40 international golf tournaments, added: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to nurture the next generation of Scottish golf and tennis stars and I am thrilled to be involved.”
Stirling Council will consider the planning application for the development following a consultation period, which runs until 13 November. If permission is granted, the Park of Keir will open in the summer of 2016.