Starting the day at Dunbar Primary School, Judy Murray kicked off the first of nine Tennis on the Road sessions as part of a four day roadshow across East Lothian.
Tennis on the Road, supported by Royal Bank of Scotland, is based on the games that Judy played with her young sons Andy and Jamie, who both went on to become Wimbledon Champions. The programme aims to give parents, teachers, coaches and volunteers the tools needed to get children active, showcasing simple fun activities using everyday household objects.
Students of Dunbar and Longniddry Primary schools were among the first to experience the roadshow in the region. Over the next three days, Tennis on the Road will visit Tranent and Gullane before making its final stop back in Longndiddry on Sunday.Â The sessions cost little to set up and will help to develop the vital ABCs of sport â€“ agility, balance and coordination.
In September, Tennis on the Road began its tour of Scotland with a taster session for the residents of Stornoway, continuing on to Cumbernauld in October. The roadshow, which works in close partnership with Tennis Scotland, aims to generate further interest in the sport and create a workforce with the passion to nurture it.
Judy said: “Tennis on the Road is about helping to inspire and support parents, teachers and coaches to increase participation and grow the game. The programme focuses on how to deliver simple fun sessions – the types of games that Andy and Jamie loved to play when they were kids. Todayâ€™s visit to East Lothian has been so much fun and I canâ€™t wait to take Tennis on the Road to more areas across the country next year.â€
Martyn Wilson, Sponsorship Manager for RBS, said: â€œTennis on the Road not only exposes children to sport, but it is designed to build capacity in coaching at all levels so that the sporting opportunities in schools, clubs and communities are sustainable for the future.Â Itâ€™s also a fantastic initiative and one that we will be encouraging our customers and staff across Royal Bank of Scotland to get involved in.â€
Doc McKelvey, Head of Development for Tennis Scotland said: â€œTennis Scotland is delighted to be supporting Judy and her team with Tennis on the Road. The roadshow in Cumbernauld was fantastic and I have no doubt that East Lothian will be just as good if not better. We have worked closely with the Council to grow tennis over the last few years and there are some great clubs throughout East Lothian. The Tennis On The Road roadshow is another boost for tennis in the area and hopefully many of the participants will go on to have a lifelong involvement in the sport. â€
To learn more about Tennis on the Road or if you are interested in getting the FREE roadshow to your local community, please go to http://tennisroad.uk/EastL