A young man, who’s making a tangible difference to tennis in Moray, has been named as the Tennis Scotland Young Volunteer of the Year for 2017.
Forres Tennis Club member Matthew Douglas (17) has, in the past year, achieved the Tennis Leaders Award, UKCC L1 & L2, First Aid, Safeguarding & Protection and CPD ToTR (four events). Additionally, mentored by the Club Coach, he assists in the delivery of sessions at the Club and at Forres High School, designed to ensure progression and pathway is properly structured.
Matthew also assists with the running of Club and school competitions, a staff v pupils match, promoting the introduction of the School of Tennis, as well as being pivotal in the introduction of short/soft ball tennis at school.
Appointed as Lead Young Ambassador Tennis Ambassador, Matthew is an inspiration to the younger ambassadors, encouraging them to get involved with tennis at all levels. He assisted and directed Moray Council coaches in the delivery of Introductory Sessions to Primary pupils and coach Alan Lane said, “It was great to have Matthew present at the sessions giving tennis specific fun routines that the children loved and were fully engaged.”
Matthew commented on his award, “I started volunteering because I wanted to give something back to the tennis club and assist the club coach who has always encouraged and supported me. I have been volunteering at the club for years and it still makes me so happy to see all the smiling faces at the end of a session even on the days when it is snowing or raining. Hopefully next year I can do even more work for both the tennis club and the School of Tennis programme at my school and help to motivate the next set of volunteers in Forres and the Highlands.