Young Scots from Fife meet Jamie Murray at Wimbledon Tennis Championships, after winning Prince’s Trust Scotland’s tennis tournament.  

Eight young people from Kirckaldy High School and Viewforth High School joined the trip last week, as part of a six week Tennis Leadership programme for pupils engaged with our Achieve programme. Supporting pupils to get the most out of school, the Tennis Leadership course gives pupils the chance to develop their teamwork and leadership skills on the tennis court. For most of the young people involved this was their first time playing the sport.  

Sponsored by the Tennis Foundation, the young people are mentored by tennis coaches from Dunfermline Tennis Club and given their own racket and balls to get started. Working up to a final tournament with participating schools, the winning teams head for Wimbledon to watch the championships live.        

I had fun on the programme, and even made a new pal from Kirkcaldy High, when we all met for the final tournament. It was great seeing how you can improve your playing each week. I would like to keep it up and see if I can keep getting better.

Speaking about the trip to Wimbledon he added:

‘Wimbledon is so big and busy. Different to what I expected. I thought it was just going to be courts everywhere. We watched the women’s doubles, and Jamie Murray signed my t-shirt. I would love to come back one day.’

Tom Gibbins, Head of Children, Young People & Education at the Tennis Foundation commented:

We believe anybody can play tennis. Anyone from any background and any community. No matter what their age, shape or ability. We exist to create opportunities. Our aim is to make it possible for all sorts of people to pick up a racket and take up the sport. Even those people who never dreamt tennis was for them.

Allan Watt, Director of The Prince Trust in Scotland said: 

‘Congratulations to all of the young people who took part in the tournament. Thank you also to the Tennis Foundation and Dunfermline Tennis Club for their continued support of our Achieve programme, which helps young people age 13-19 to succeed in education. By giving students flexible learning opportunities, we can help them re-engage with their studies and kick-start their futures.’