MORE than 70 coaches from across Scotland gathered in Glasgow and Edinburgh this week for the first Davis Cup Legacy coach training sessions.
The training, which was delivered by the LTA – with Annabel Croft and Greg Rusedski among the coach mentors – is the first step towards these coaches delivering a six-week programme at their local club aimed at welcoming 1,000 kids to the sport of tennis for the first time.
Annabel Croft said: “It has been amazing today, there has been such a great energy on the court, lots of ideas shared about how to make the programme even better and how to deliver it but I think everyone is really enthusiastic and having a great time.
“There is a very special feel here in Scotland, clearly because Andy and Jamie were such a huge part of the Davis Cup-winning ties.”
Greg Rusedski added: “The Scottish coaches did really well today. There was a lot of energy and enthusiasm. They all showed a lot of talent and skills and they are all excited about the programme and it was a great day.”
When asking coaches how exciting it was to be part of the Davis Cup legacy programme, coach, Sophie Blake, from Drummond Tennis Club, in Edinburgh said: “Well, it’s one of the most exciting things I have been involved in.
“Obviously, the Davis Cup is so super big at the moment and to get a new era of children who are going to take part in the Davis Cup is fantastic, and just to be one of the coaches involved in that is very exciting. The mentors are absolutely fantastic.
“They have just mucked in with us, they have been hitting with us and going through the manual with us. It has been absolutely fantastic. The one take home message is enthusiasm!”
Coach, Michael Fairburn, from Lomond Park TC, Edinburgh echoed Sophie’s thoughts.
He said: “It’s a good sense of togetherness here, especially with stars such as Annabel and Greg here. I was a little bit star-struck at first. I am really looking forward to being able to take what I have learned here and take it into the local community.”
Ian Cannon, from South Lanarkshire, said that he was “really honoured to be here and take part in this. It really is a great opportunity”.
He continued: “There are great resources and great to be able to go into schools and get support to be able to delivery this and great to see some faces here from British tennis!”
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