A hands-on organiser of coaching, committee meetings, encouraging new volunteers and working in partnership with local schools at Longniddry Tennis Club has been named as the Tennis Scotland Volunteer of the Year for 2017.
Lucy Bryden has made a significant contribution to the sport at the two-court club over the past five years with membership currently standing at 175 and is the driver behind the club’s team in East of Scotland leagues that won their division last year.
Lucy, who is the Club Chair, was also the driving force behind a new disability programme that was introduced last year, while a schools outreach programme at two local high schools.
Working in partnership with local authority staff and schools, Lucy has been integral in organising opportunities for teenagers to play tennis, and in particular girls. She is always open to new partnerships to encourage people to play tennis and is an important contributor to the East Lothian Tennis Development Group.
Lucy commented “For the past five years, I have been chair of Longniddry Tennis Club and extremely fortunate to be surrounded by an incredibly enthusiastic committee and members. Thanks to all involved in the club, we have managed to transform the courts and massively increase the numbers playing tennis in the community, and I am delighted to receive this award for my part in this. I am passionate about the mental and physical benefits of being active and through volunteering at the club; it has been very rewarding to see all ages getting involved in tennis.”