Tennis Scotland celebrated Scotland's Year of Young People (YOYP) 2018 in style at this week's 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.
Throughout the week, Tennis Scotland and Glasgow Life engaged with the community by welcoming up to 1,000 children to participation events with five Primary Schools from the local area participating in the YOYP Schools Roadshows at Scotstoun Tennis Centre.
Tennis Scotland has been working all week with a Young Persons Steering group which included representatives from some of the local Schools of Tennis who had 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, including the undertaking of some interviews, the highlight being speaking to Davis Cup star James Ward and top seed Lukas Lacko. They also volunteered at the event in a variety of event management roles, providing them with great skills development opportunities, while Scottish rising star Aidan McHugh, a Year of Young People Ambassador, helped the group out ahead of his main draw match on Wednesday.
Aidan commented on the roadshows saying, "It's great, I actually remember doing stuff like this even in Scotstoun. Like mini reds and little clinics and I always really liked it when an older player came in and hit with us so it's nice being part of it."
The roadshow gave 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 are invited to take part in a fun open day taking place next 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 this 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 tomorrow (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.
For more information and how to buy tickets, visit www.lta.org.uk/major-events/glasgow-trophy/