With the Davis Cup returning to Glasgow's Emirates Arena this weekend for the tie against Uzbekistan, there has once again been a host of activity in the days leading up to the tie to coincide with the increased profile the sport has been enjoying.
Over 3,000 Scottish school children, from more than 60 schools, were at the Emirates yesterday (Wednesday), for a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch a practice session and get on court with Team Captain Leon Smith and a number of the players including Jamie Murray and Cameron Norrie ahead of the World Group play-off tie.
In addition, throughout the week, almost fifteen hundred youngsters have been attending a series of tennis festivals undertaken by 20 Glasgow Life led Coach Core staff, through the Royal Foundation and supported by 50 Sport Leaders and 30 students from South Lanarkshire College.
Tennis Scotland CEO Blane Dodds commented. "We have had an additional 1500 children from primary, secondary and ASN schools in the arena this week taking part in fun tennis sessions, plus, over this weekend, all of the youngsters who attended on Wednesday have the opportunity to obtain two free tickets each over the weekend. We are also going to follow up with every school that attended and we have arranged for extra Tennis For Kids courses to run in the area on top of those already organised to ensure the kids have further opportunities to play tennis."
"Growing the workforce is one of our main aims and it was fantastic to see these young leaders getting involved and experiencing tennis from the coach's perspective. The next stage is to ensure that the boys and girls who have enjoyed the tennis experience this week are able to continue to play the sport in an accessible environment at school with the help of the local Sport Leaders and Active School teams"