A young coach who has seen his ambitious programme develop year on year since its launch three years ago is the Tennis Scotland Coach of the Year for 2017.
The majority of those attended Adam Brown’s Gleneagles Arena & Gannochy National Tennis Centre initial programme are still playing with some participants this year playing for Gleneagles in the Aegon leagues, at both Premier and County level, as well as entering local mini team competitions.
Since 2015, Adam has provided opportunities for participants from age three upwards to play tennis in Auchterarder and Stirling and their wider communities, consistently increasing numbers in all his lessons, development and competition squads.
Additionally, he has enhanced their experience through the provision of extra opportunities including informal matchplay, trips to tournaments in England and international visits to the like of Belgium, Spain, Majorca and Belfast!
Adam regularly facilitates free sessions at Auchterarder Primary and Secondary schools to engage children in the sport and give them the opportunity to try tennis regardless of their background, resulting in the school becoming a School of Tennis.
As well as providing top quality tennis coaching, Adam helps develop his pupils on a wider basis, including encouraging them to undertake Duke of Edinburgh Awards, volunteer at mini tennis sessions enabling them to become tennis leaders and subsequently making use of them at local events and school sessions while he recently undertook the mentoring of a Tennis Scotland apprentice.
Adam commented “I am delighted to pick up the Tennis Scotland Coach of the Year award for 2017. It was an incredibly busy year, and I must start by thanking the rest of the coaching team based at Gleaneagles and at the Gannochy Tennis Centre. The program at the Indoor Gleneagles Arena has continued to grow in its 2nd year and we have over 150 players accessing the program. For the Central district players and players in the pathway program at Stirling, we have strived to give these players as many opportunities as possible. In 2017 we have taken trips to Belfast, Derby, Manchester, Majorca, La Manga, Inverness, Belgium, Sunderland and Bolton among other places. It is these opportunities that I fee give the players the experience of different environments and give them hunger and passion to keep enjoying and improving their tennis.”