First Fife Tennis Festival Receives the Thumbs Up

Disability Sport Fife (DSF) got together with Dunfermline Tennis Club to organise a two hour tennis Festival at the club facilities on Monday 12th June. The Festival brought to an end the second year of the very popular DSF Tennis Academy initiative supported by Alan Russell Head Coach of Dunfermline Tennis Club and Gary Whitton from Kirkcaldy Lawn Tennis ClubTennis Scotland assisted DSF with the setting up of the 2016 Academy programme.

Balwearie HS and Woodmill HS pupils with additional support needs received six sessions of coaching on school premises leading up to the Festival. School support staff and volunteers were active throughout the Festival. Coaches Alan, Gary and Alex chopped and changed the activities throughout the morning and involved the enthusiastic teenagers in non stop physical activity.

The Festival was part of the Get Out Get Active (GOGA in Fife) initiative that plans to encourage inactive people to be active and others to be more active more often. The third tier of the DSF/DunfermlineTC summer tennis initiative is to encourage as many of the 24 new teenage tennis converts to sign up for Dunfermline TC and Kirkcaldy TC inclusive summer tennis programmes.

Richard Brickley MBE
President, Disability Sport Fife