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Game, set and match for British Tennis Weekend in South Ayrshire

 03 July 2015  |  

 Game, set and match at Girvan tennis courts where the Great British Tennis weekend was a smash hit with participants.

Game, set and match at Girvan tennis courts where the Great British Tennis weekend was a smash hit with participants.

Wimbledon is underway and budding Andy Murrays, Novak Djokavic and Serena Williams across South Ayrshire are enjoying watching some fantastic games. 

The Wimbledon fans include children, young people and adults who recently took part in South Ayrshire's Great British Tennis weekend which South Ayrshire Council supported.

The tennis events were run by local clubs and the Council's Active Schools and South Ayrshire Sports Development. 

Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder for the Council said: "Events such as the Great British Tennis weekend get young people up and active and taking part in tennis. 

"This initiative was so successful because of the fun way those running the courses got the young people learning new tennis skills and improving their existing ones. 

"I am sure that Wimbledon will further inspire many young people to take up tennis, which benefits physical and mental health. Tennis is a sport that lots of people take up at school and play for the rest of their lives." 

The Great British Tennis Weekend is a Lawn Tennis Association initiative designed to encourage people to get outdoors and try tennis for free this summer. 

In Girvan a programme of free Active Schools sessions are running this summer for P1 to S3 pupils, giving young people in Girvan the opportunity to learn the basics of tennis, using fun equipment at their local courts for free. All morning sessions were suitable for wheelchair users to take part in and for children with additional support needs.  

Young girls between 5 to 8 years of age got a chance to take part in the 'Miss Hits' training programme, designed by Judy Murray to encourage girls to take part in the sport, and ultimately to develop more female tennis stars. More 'Miss Hits' sessions will be available through the Council's Active Schools programme in Girvan and at Prestwick Tennis and Fitness Centre. 

Mike Cohen, Tennis Development Manager with Tennis Scotland, has promoted both the Great British Tennis Weekend 'Miss Hits' programme said "It's great to see the local authority and local tennis clubs working together in South Ayrshire to get involved in the Great British Tennis Weekend, it gave children and adults the opportunity to try tennis for free at a local venue. One of our key issues is attracting and retaining girls in our sport and

it is great news that the new 'Miss Hits' programme is being launched in South Ayrshire through Active Schools and Prestwick Tennis and Fitness Centre."







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