Tennis Club shortlisted

Patrick Young of Stonehaven Tennis Club is pictured with Judy Murray during a recent coaching session.
Patrick Young of Stonehaven Tennis Club is pictured with Judy Murray during a recent coaching session.

Stonehaven Tennis Club was shortlisted for the Tennis Scotland 2011 awards in the Category of Club of the Year. Only three clubs in Scotland were Shortlisted and the winner, Falkirk, was announced last Friday.

The Club is delighted to be acknowledged for its hard work and commitment. 2011 has been a very successful year for the Club and they have achieved the following in the junior arena: Well established links with the primary (7) and secondary (1) schools in the area with schools getting mini tennis court markings in school playgrounds.

Provision of a complete school tennis programme giving children the opportunity to practise tennis and participate in competitions. The programme was sponsored by Alamar Marine Ltd. Growth in mini tennis with around 120 children taking part in our year round programme.

Further development of mini tennis including assessing and reporting progress of each child. Introduction of the new Highland Spring “Earn Your Stripes” initiative. Performance squad sessions for promising young players some of whom now play at regional level with one playing at the national level.

It is of particular interest to the Club to increase and retain the young female players. The “Girls Allowed” group, which is a fun female only class, is growing steadily. Some of the girls who entered tennis through this route are now playing for the district and had a fantastic experience at Kilgraston this year.

STC has seen a triumphant competition year with magnificent achievements from both juniors and seniors. Patrick Young is a shining example of the many children currently active in the Club. He is pictured here with Judy Murray at a training session he was invited to participate in on Sunday.

Patrick has achieved in early life to be playing at a very competitive national level. There are 120 plus children in STC who can follow this example that great things can be achieved. While attending the Scottish training squads Patrick won two ROGY tournaments this year as well as the U10s Ayrshire Open, U10s Waverley Open, the November Glacier U12s Masters and the U10s NE Schools Tournament.

Other high achievements include: Rosie Sterk won the U8s North East Schools Tournament and was runner up in the U9s category. Rosie also represented the North East Lions Team at the inter district Orange Tournament along side Jodie Harris.

Annabel Burns, Aoife Aitkin, Amber Blanksma and Patrick Young represented the North East at Kilgraston. Annabel also came runner up in the U12s NE Schools Tournament.

Tennis Scotland has been key in the delivery of a dedicated coaching team supported by 8 Level-1 coaches who provide fun and quality coaching to our community and all members of the Club. The coaching team are all committed to the growth and development of the Club.

the club look forward to further developments in 2012 and recognise the huge importance of junior participation in the sport of tennis as well as for the future of the Club.