Published 24 April 2018

West Dunbartonshire Leisure today (Tuesday, April 24) launched a new drive to get more local youngsters playing tennis – with Scottish professional Maia Lumsden on hand to lend her support.

The West Dunbartonshire Leisure Grand Slam Tennis series was officially launched at Kirktonhill Tennis Club in Dumbarton, where the Vale of Leven and Dumbarton P4 Tennis Competitions were taking place.

Maia played a few games of tennis and passed on some top tips to the would-be court stars of the future.

The aim of the West Dunbartonshire Leisure Grand Slam Tennis series is to get more children to play tennis and to raise the profile of tennis in West Dunbartonshire. It will consist of three tournaments − the Vale of Leven Grand Slam, Dumbarton Grand Slam and Clydebank Grand Slam.

The series has been developed by West Dunbartonshire Leisure’s Sports Development team, in partnership with Active Schools.

Councillor Jim Finn, Chairman of West Dunbartonshire Leisure, said: “We are determined to make sure as many children as possible are involved in sport and leisure activities. Last year our Active Schools programme reached a major milestone by recording 101,000 Active Schools sessions in the last year ─ the first time the 100,000 mark has been breached. The new Grand Slam series is another great idea that I’m confident will attract more children to tennis and a healthier lifestyle in general.

“We were thrilled to have Maia Lumsden in Dumbarton to help launch the series and I know the children playing in today’s tournament were over the moon to be able to meet and speak with Maia.”

Each West Dunbartonshire Leisure Grand Slam tournament will include a five-week training programme culminating in an exciting competition tying in with three of the biggest tennis events in the world. The Vale of Leven Grand Slam will be held in the second week of the French Open; the Dumbarton Grand Slam is scheduled for week two of Wimbledon; and the Clydebank Grand Slam will be held during the last week of the US Open.

Maia Lumsden said: “Keeping children active is so important, and tennis is a physically challenging sport that is also a whole lot of fun. It’s brilliant to see youngsters being encouraged to try tennis and I think the West Dunbartonshire Leisure Grand Slam series is a great idea. It was my pleasure to be in Dumbarton to help spread the news about the series.”