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The governing body for tennis in Scotland has announced the creation of its first ever ‘community tennis partner’, which aims to support plans to get more people playing tennis, more often, on the back of Andy Murray’s historic Wimbledon victory.
Tennis Scotland and healthcare provider The Edinburgh Clinic will utilise their combined resources to work in partnership to encourage people to take up the game while highlighting the importance of complementing sports participation with an overall healthy lifestyle.
Peter Gordon, Tennis Scotland’s Development Manager for Edinburgh, commented: “Tennis is enjoying a massive profile at the moment and interest in the game is at an all-time high. Tennis is a game for the whole family and can be enjoyed by all ages. However, you only have to look at the number of support staff Andy Murray has working with him, each with his or her specific role, to realise that to reach your maximum potential requires more than talent, irrespective of the standard being played.”
Christine Allan, General Manager at The Edinburgh Clinic added: “We are delighted to become Tennis Scotland’s community tennis partner in Edinburgh. Together we share the value that getting people outdoors and into sport from a young age provides a great start for a healthy life. With Andy Murray having recently provided a truly special example of what dedication to sport can achieve, we are proud to be working with Tennis Scotland to help widen participation in tennis in Edinburgh.
“At The Edinburgh Clinic our leading sports medicine and orthopaedic consultants provide a unique assessment and management service for conditions such as tennis elbow, sprained ankles and sore shoulders with the objective being to enable sufferers to get back on the courts as quickly and safely as possible.”
The partnership will see Tennis Scotland and the Edinburgh Clinic work together to deliver 4 tennis festivals across the Scottish capital, one during each of the Grand Slam events, aimed at giving all ages and abilities an introduction to tennis and more information on how to get more involved in this sport for life. The first ‘Edinburgh Clinic Festival of Tennis’ will take place at the Meadows Tennis Courts between 11am and 5pm on Sunday 1st September 2013. Further information will be made available in due course through the Tennis Scotland website.
David Marshall, Chief Executive of Tennis Scotland, is confident that partnerships such as this one will ensure a lasting legacy for the sport: “One of the outcomes of this partnership will be a local development fund to support tennis initiatives in the Scottish capital. There are many organisations where a community partnership would offer reciprocal benefits and if the collaboration with The Edinburgh Clinic is as successful as we believe it will be, we will definitely be looking to roll out similar schemes across Scotland.”
Tennis Scotland is the governing body for tennis in Scotland.