This year for the first time Central Scotland Mini Leagues have been introduced. Fixtures take place once a month in April, May and June. All the teams meet on that date and battle it out in a round robin format.
Tennis clubs taking part are : Bridge of Allan, Stirling, Linlithgow, Crieff, Dunblane and Killearn. So far there has been one red, one orange and one green event, with over 70 children taking part.
The photo above shows the competitors from the mini red event held at Bridge of Allan Sports Club.
The Central & STH Tournament Circuit 2013 has got off to a good start with good numbers in all the events. The last 5 events held in the Central Scotland District have received a total of over 100 entries.
The photo above shows the Mini Orange Event held at Bridge of Allan Sports Club, which received 18 entries. The photo shows winner Huzaifah Ali and runner up Blair Russell.
On the back of tennis sessions in local primary Schools, this term for 10 consecutive weeks kids can enjoy tennis coaching for £1 a session on Fridays at Kings Park.
3.45pm-4.45pm is for 5-8yr olds and 4.45pm-5.45pm is for 9-15 year olds. All equipment is supplied and all coaches are LTA Qualified.
So far the numbers have been very encouraging with around 45 kids turning up for the first day!!
Over 100 local Primary School kids from Cambusbarron and Allan’s Primary School enjoyed School visits to Stirling Tennis Club this April.
The School kids in the 5 cluster primary Schools have enjoyed sessions at their Schools over the last few months by a qualified coach. This was followed up by after School Tennis Clubs in 3 of the Primary Schools over a 4 week block, and now there will be some further drop in classes they can attend.
The Central Scotland Grade 4 Easter Open ran the 8th-12th of April and enjoyed around 150 entries. The event was hosted at Stirling Tennis Club, Kings Park, Bridge of Allan, the Gannochy and Livilands Tennis Club. This years tournament was sponsored by LifeFit Physiotherapy.
The final of the under 12 boys singles saw Mark Carlin defeat Calum Bowmaker. The photo above shows Tennis Scotland Vice President Ian Conway with the two players.
This years Central Scotland team enjoyed mixed fortunes in the Inter District Championships at Kilgraston. In the older age groups they equalled last years position by finishing 3rd behind both East and winners West. However the younger team although leading in all their group matches eventually finished 3rd in their group after having to forfeit all the under 11 girls matches as they were unable to field an eligible team. The team eventually finished 6th. Lets hope they change the age groups for the upcoming year to allow the smaller Districts to compete a bit more!
This year the team were again sponsored by CPL IT Services Limited from Dunblane.
Below are the under 15s and under 17s team.
A squad of 8 players travelled down to Liverpool for the grade 3 City of Liverpool Open in February with Central Scotland District Coach Adam Brown. It is the second year the squad have travelled to play this competition held at Wavetree Tennis Centre.
There were some strong performances from the boys, with both Dougie Macintosh and Adam Irvine reaching the final of the under 14s and under 16s respectively.
The next trip is likely to be July, for the West Highland Open, Oban.