The Tennis Scotland Annual General Meeting, which was held in Dunblane on Thursday evening heard details of another positive period for the organisation from Chief Executive Officer Blane Dodds, who was previously Chair. “It has been a very positive period of development with much work focussing on areas that will help deliver more resource and infrastructure for tennis in the years ahead.
“The highlights of the past year are many and varied and include a continued increase in membership associated with our clubs and places to play. There has been approximately £500,000 invested in tennis projects over and above the £15million Indoor Fund where we have received 20 expressions of interest to examine and progress as appropriate.
“2017 saw 11 Scots competing at Wimbledon in 2017, up from 9 the previous year and a total of 5 Grand Slam titles were won. It was fantastic to be able to celebrate 16 ITF 18U Junior Titles won by Scottish players as well.”
The meeting also heard more detail of the exciting National Academy Bid for Scotland potentially based at The University of Stirling worth approximately £500k per annum to Scotland via the LTA to develop the next generation of top tennis players from the success of Andy and Jamie Murray.
Scott Martin, who assumed the role of Chairman confirmed Gordon Bell to the role of non-executive Governance Director and Jonny Curley assumed the role of non-executive Marketing Director while John Frame has agreed to extend his tenure of the Tennis Operations Portfolio for a further three years.
Blane also gave those at the meeting an update in top line participation numbers. “In development there was increase of 9% in disabled players participating weekly to 466 per week. There was a significant increase in primary schools being involved in Tennis Scotland competition with over 4100 pupils involved, a 149% increase. There were 9 Schools of Tennis developed with 68 Ambassadors, including 45 teachers trained and approximately 2000 pupils participating. In 2016 there were 3 schools and 9 Ambassadors.
“These and other outstanding successes have only been achieved via the support of our tennis community, players, parents, clubs, staff, coaches, officials, volunteers, partners and Board. Our many and varied partners include sportscotland, local authorities, the LTA, and our commercial partners.
“I am determined that we continue to grow and develop tennis in Scotland with your support so that we can all enjoy the benefits of a well-resourced sport in the years ahead. This includes many new indoor facilities for more clubs to access to develop more all year round activity and programmes.
“Next week at Scotstoun, we have the largest ever tennis event to be hosted in Scotland, the Glasgow Trophy ATP Challenger, and we are working on other projects that will make a significant difference to tennis in Scotland.
“I would like to thank and congratulate all those involved in tennis in Scotland and I look forward to an exciting period for Scottish Tennis.”
To see the sucesses of 2017 yourself. Please read the 2017 Tennis Scotland Annual Report and watch our Highlight video.