Last weekend Judy Murray brought her Tennis on the Road programme to Galloway.
Tennis coach, and famously mother of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, Judy put on a number of sessions for local residents and assisted in the grand opening of the Stewartry Community Sports Club in Castle Douglas on Saturday.
The programme then spent the day at Kirkcudbright and Dalbeattie Tennis Clubs on Sunday.
Tennis on the Road, a programme supported by Royal Bank of Scotland, shows parents, teachers, volunteers and sports development teams how to deliver fun tennis, coordination and competition sessions to children and adults. Many of the games and skill-builders are based on those that Judy played with Andy and Jamie when they were young. The programme aims to build and nurture a skilled coaching workforce to help develop tennis in Scotland.
Judy and her team spent Saturday at the Stewartry Community Sports Club, putting on a number of sessions for local residents, whilst assisting in the official opening of their brand new facilities. Work started on the facilities in June 2014 and was completed last week, seeing their building size doubled, a new gymnasium created, a new central heating system installed and a brand new roof, amongst much more.
Judy Murray said: “Tennis on the Road is about helping to inspire, support and grow our workforce by sharing ideas for coaching, competition and skill building with parents, teachers, students, volunteers and sports coaches. We’ve now spent four days across April and May building a workforce in Dumfries and Galloway, visiting various schools and tennis clubs in the area. It was fantastic to be able to put on a full day of activity for the Stewartry Community Sport Club on Saturday and help them open their brand new facilities together with visits to Kirkcudbright and Dalbeattie Tennis Clubs.”
Geoff Legg, secretary of the Stewartry Community Sports Club said “Judy’s visit has created a lot of excitement in our club and around the town and will have such a great impact. For us, it’s more than just officially opening our new facilities; the four days of Tennis on the Road activity will have such a positive and lasting impact on tennis and sport in this area.”
Martyn Wilson, Senior Sponsorship Manager for Judy Murray and her team spent Saturday at the Stewartry Community Sports Club, putting on a number of sessions for local residents, whilst assisting in the official opening of their brand new facilities.
Work started on the facilities in June 2014 and was completed last week, seeing their building size doubled, a new gymnasium created, a new central heating system installed and a brand new roof, amongst much more.
He said: “Tennis on the Road is a fantastic initiative and we are proud to be working with Judy and her team to offer our customers and staff across Scotland with the opportunity to benefit from the programme. We were delighted to see the roadshow assist in the official opening of the Stewartry Community Sports Club on Saturday and hope that the programme can have a lasting positive impact in Dumfries and Galloway.”
Doc McKelvey, Head of Development for Tennis Scotland said: “Tennis Scotland is delighted to be working with Judy and her team as a partner for Tennis on the Road. The roadshows have all been fantastic and it is great that we have now had four successful days of activity in Galloway. It’s great for the programme to be working so closely with local clubs such as the Stewartry Community Sports Club and hopefully the workforce in the area will have plenty of new skills and ideas to put into practice”.
To learn more about Tennis on the Road or if you are interested in getting the free roadshow to your local community, please go to http://tennisroad.uk/Dumfries