Since January of this year, when I was proud to be appointed Chief Executive of Tennis Scotland, I have been greatly encouraged by the progress made on and off the court and excited by the opportunities that lie ahead next year.
Much of my first year in the role has been spent travelling the country to meet with the many essential stakeholders responsible for cultivating a thriving sport at all levels: from tennis club representatives, district managers, coaches, volunteers, officials and, of course, players of all ages.
It has been an enlightening experience and I have been impressed by the collective will to take the game forward in this country, by capitalising on the success of our crown jewels and role models –Andy and Jamie Murray, and Gordon Reid – but also in improving every aspect of the game at grassroots.
Improving and enhancing facilities throughout the country is an essential part of that strategic direction to grow participation and create a world-class environment for elite players to thrive. To that end, we are delighted to have secured £15m of funding from the Lawn Tennis Association and sportscotland to create an additional ten indoor tennis facilities.
We will continue to work in partnership with local authorities, trusts, clubs and universities to provide indoor facilities in areas that will encourage growth in participation and help bridge the facilities gap.
Confirmation that Scotland will also house a new national performance academy will enable us to identify and create the next generation of elite players from Scotland and Great Britain. The multimillion pound investment has enabled us to begin the recruitment process for a new Performance Head Coach, to oversee the implementation of the strategy and the opening of the academy at the University of Stirling to the first intake of pupils from next year.
We have also successfully hosted the first-ever $100,000 ATP Challenger Tour event in Scotland, the Glasgow Trophy Tennis Tournament, held at Scotstoun in May, and we look forward to bringing more world-class competitions and athletes to Scotland in 2019. to continue reading click here