Dundee and Angus College has been named as the winning project for Tennis Scotland’s 2017 Education Programme Award.
The college has included locally devised tennis units into various levels of the curriculum (4, 5 & 6), with additional volunteering opportunities available at levels 7 & 8 and the adding of the tennis programme into the curriculum has resulted in 48 dedicated hours of lectures in the current academic year, enabling 58 students to participate in tennis for a minimum of 8 weeks.
A weekly touch tennis club is open to all students and staff, including Abertay students, with more than 65 players taking advantage while a weekly inclusive touch tennis club for supported education students introduced last November is enjoyed by 10 regular participants.
The college has upskilled 48 students to become tennis leaders and a further three have been supported through their UKCC level 1 qualification, all of which enhances their CV’s once they have graduated. And, as a result of this, 32 students are involved in 8 week coaching placements in local primary schools, resulting in more than 700 pupils picking up a racket and playing the sport for a minimum of four weeks.
The college has also utilised funding from the enhancement award to work closely with David Anderson, Head Coach at Dundee’s Dawson Park while David and top coach Kris Soutar have been employed in a mentoring capacity to the students coaching within the college’s tennis placement. The link created with David has enabled students to then volunteer within the parks programme with Leisure and Culture Dundee.
Student Dylan Fraser, who is studying for an advance certificate in coaching sport and fitness, commented. “Before I started the course I never really played tennis but now I really like coaching tennis and playing at college. The pupils in the primary schools loved the sessions and I’ve been helping David with competitions at Dawson Park. I would like to do more next year when I do my HNC in sports coaching.”
Sports coaching and fitness lecturer Alan Millar said “Dundee & Angus College are delighted to receive the 2017 Education Award. I would personally like to thank Tennis Scotland and all our partners who have contributed to a very successful programme this academic year.”