Tennis Scotland will celebrate Scotland’s Year of Young People (YOYP) 2018 ahead of the forthcoming Glasgow Trophy ATP Challenger, with a range of exciting activity designed to celebrate youth talent as well as inspiring hundreds of young people across Glasgow to pick up a racket through a programme of community engagement.
The Glasgow Trophy ATP Challenger is the highest level of tournament ever to be held in Scotland with top quality players from all over the world taking part. Scotstoun will play host to matches across 9 days of play, from the 28th April until the 6th May, with the former top 20 singles player Marcel Granollers, former top 50 player Lukas Lacko and British stars Lloyd Glasspool, Jonathan Gray, Dan Evans and Davis Cup hero James Ward all in the draw.
Tennis Scotland and Glasgow Life will be engaging with the community by welcoming up to 1,000 children to participation events during the week of the tournament. Five Primary Schools from the local area will be invited to participate in the YOYP Schools Roadshows at Scotstoun Tennis Centre during the week of the Glasgow Trophy ATP Challenger tournament.
The roadshow will give the children the chance to play tennis and also watch matches played by some of the best tennis talent in the world.
In addition to this, the young people attending the roadshows will be invited to take part in a fun open day taking place the week after the Glasgow Trophy for 1,000 additional children where they will be offered a special chance to join the coaching programme at Scotstoun, including the Tennis for Kids programme which for just £25 every child will receive 6 high - quality lessons, developed by experts at the LTA, as well as a special Tennis for Kids racket, ball set, and personalised T-shirt delivered right to their door. For more information or to register for a Tennis For Kids session near you visit www.tennisforkids.co.uk
The next generation of tennis talent will have the chance to play on the show court in front of spectators. This will include boys and girls from the Tennis Scotland 10 and Under Programme in a Junior Tennis Showpiece, as well as a demonstration from top junior Tennis Scotland wheelchair player Ruairi Logan. There will also be a demonstration on the court for the She Rallies course Lil Miss-Hits led by some of the Scottish She Rallies ambassadors. She Rallies, an initiative set up by Judy Murray and supported by the LTA and Tennis Scotland, encourages more opportunities for women and girls in tennis. Lil Miss-Hits is aimed at girls aged 5-8 and introduces them to starter tennis in a fun environment as well as providing training for female leaders.
The workforce development theme continues with Judy Murray leading Workforce Development sessions at the end of the week for the Young People who have been coaching throughout the Roadshows. This will be a chance for them to use their skills that they have developed over the course of the week and take it one step further.
As the tournament heads to the exciting semi-finals stage of competition on Saturday 5th May, Judy Murray will also be leading an exciting Parent and child session at the venue, for what should be a fun and informative session.
In the run up to the event and throughout the event itself Tennis Scotland will be working with a Young Persons Steering group which will include representatives from some of the local Schools of Tennis who will have the opportunity to co-design and deliver fun activities in a participation zone, lead on coaching during have-a-go sessions for all generations and even take-over some of the event’s media channels. They will also be invited to volunteer at the event in a variety of event management roles, providing them with great skills development opportunities.
Blane Dodds CEO Tennis Scotland stated, “We are delighted that EventScotland is supporting the Glasgow Trophy ATP Challenger in early May via the Year of Young People. This support will allow us to enhance the programme so that young people are at the very heart of the event to not only inspire our young people but also to ensure knowledge and skills are developed in our future workforce from hosting such a significant event.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland's Director of Events, said, “We are delighted to be supporting The Glasgow Trophy ATP Challenger through dedicated Year of Young People funding. Not only will the event provide a wonderful opportunity for attendees to watch professional tennis of the highest quality, but it will also provide young people with a fantastic opportunity to participate in the sport in a fun and engaging environment.”
“Events such as The Glasgow Trophy further reinforce Scotland’s capability in staging major events of this calibre, whilst enabling us to focus on the younger generation and activity that they can hopefully continue to enjoy throughout their lives.”
For more details on the event and to buy tickets, visit www.lta.org.uk/major-events/glasgow-trophy/event-guide/