With the profile of tennis in the country at an all time high, one Aberdeen based organisation is ensuring it plays a part in ensuring a continuous conveyor belt of talent is given every chance of progressing through the junior ranks in the north east.
Oil and gas services company Glacier Energy Services has provided support to establish the Glacier Energy Services winter Under 12 invitational ‘Masters’ series for the City & Shire’s most promising boys, which sees a series of six monthly competitions taking place through to next March at Westburn Tennis Centre.
The inaugural event took place this month and Glacier Chairman Scott Martin predicts a bright future for the sport in the area. “We have a really strong group of youngsters coming through and, as a district, they receive regular training sessions.
“However, during the winter months in particular, there are not the same competition opportunities as there are during the traditional tennis season and the establishing of the Glacier Masters Series enables the top boys to be involved in regular, high standard local competition to supplement that training.
“The initiative also allows the boys to get to know one another more and I see no reason why this group can progress together as a North East district team that cannot ultimately succeed at Scottish level.”
Organising the Glacier Masters Series is North East district coach Vikki Paterson. “We are extremely grateful for the support from Glacier which not only enables us to run the events throughout the winter but also allows for trophies for the overall winner and runner-up at the end of the series.
“This area has traditionally produced excellent young players and this current group is as good as any who have gone before in my opinion.”
Group winners of the first event were Ross Martin (David Lloyd Aberdeen) and Patrick Young (Stonehaven). Conor McMahon (Rubislaw), Michael Whelan (Cults), Anthony Low (Udny), Cameron Edwards (Cults), Syzmon Kierkiaw (David Lloyd Aberdeen) and Fin Pearson (Banchory) all took part.
The next event is on Sunday, commencing at 8.45 am.