Thanks to a fantastic partnership with Judy Murray and Kris Souter’s “Tennis on the road” programme and support from the “Postcode Community Trust” , Streetsport Tennis is making a difference in a community near you.
Our Streetsport Tennis sessions are free of charge for all young people and run by enthusiastic and like-minded volunteers! If you’re aged between 8 and 16 and would like the opportunity to play a number of fun and challenging tennis based games for free, head down to a session close to you! Our current Streetsport Tennis deployments are:
The main aim of Streetsport Tennis is not to be just a normal diversionary activity for young people but to also encourage greater participation in Tennis in a variety of street settings at all levels across the city. At the heart of the programme are a number of games that Judy enjoyed playing with Andy and Jamie when they were growing up that help develop the vital ABC’s of sport – Agility, Balance and Coordination.
Judy Murray said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with Streetsport to help to grow tennis in the Aberdeen area.
“My Tennis on the Road programme aims to build workforces in local communities so that many more kids and adults can try tennis.
“Streetsport is a dynamic charity with loads of enthusiastic volunteers so it’s a perfect partner for me.”
A team of volunteers have been trained by one of the UK’s best tennis coach mentors, Kris Soutar, prior to starting the sessions as part of Streetsport’s ongoing diversionary activities for young people. Kris, Lead Coach for Tennis on the Road, is delighted to be working in partnership with the Denis Law Legacy Trust and Streetsport. “We see this as an ideal partnership as we are looking to create opportunities to develop the coaching workforce which in return will provide further opportunities for children and young people in Aberdeen.”
Having the opportunity to enter into a partnership with Judy Murray and Tennis on the Road will help Streetsport reach out to even more young people. Streetsports Development Officer Mark Williams believes “It will help more young people become active by removing any barriers to participation and hopefully spark an interest in tennis which they can then pursue further at one of the Aberdeen’s established tennis clubs” which can only be a good thing for both young people and the city of Aberdeen.
Not only are we providing free doorstep access to Tennis via our weekly sessions, Streetsport are proud to announce that the 1st ever Denis Law Legacy Trust Community Tennis Festival will be taking place at RGU SPORT in the not too distant future! We are planning a large scale event that will as always be free of charge for young people all over Aberdeen to attend. There will be lots of fun tennis based activities going on that will entertain and delight all involved! A show court where our superb coaches will run workshops and fun games for all ages! There may even be a superb special guest on the day! (sorry, cant reveal who yet!).
Check out our twitter page to keep up to date with all Streetsport Tennis goings on and head down to a deployment near you! You won’t regret it!
And guess what? It’s not just about the participants! Streetsport volunteers are a fantastic team from all walks of life coming together to provide something special and free for young people all across the city of Aberdeen. The Streetsport Tennis volunteers are even mentored by one of Scotland s best Tennis coach’s and mentor Kris Soutar! With an incredible CPD pathway in place for our volunteers it really is a rewarding experience volunteering with Streetsport. If you would like to become involved in the programme or even just find out a bit more info just contact Streetsports Tennis Coordinator Sarah on the contact details below, we look forward to seeing you on one of our courts soon!
Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The Streetsport Tennis programme received £12,200 from the trust to help bring this programme to life!