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A Festival of Tennis served up at Craiglockhart, 22 September 2018

Posted: 14th September 2018

A Festival of Tennis served up at Craiglockhart

A Festival of Tennis will take place at Craiglockhart Tennis centre on Saturday, 22 September to celebrate the launch of six new outdoor tennis courts.

The free Festival will take place from 2.00pm-4.00pm and everyone is welcome.

What’s on?

  • Official Ribbon Cutting at 2pm. 
  • Performance Players Exhibition Matches all afternoon on Centre Court.  There’s plenty of fun to be had watching our Performance Players. Not forgetting the fantastic opportunity to meet some of Scotland’s elite players such as National Coach, Colin Fleming and Alan MacDonald from Jamie Murray’s coaching team. No need to book.
  • Disability Tennis Sessions (Advantage Tennis) Come and see how tennis can be adapted to ensure as many people as possible can enjoy the game, including Additional support needs, hearing impaired, older people, visually impaired and wheelchair users. No need to book.
  • She Rallies Drop In Sessions Calling all women and girls. She Rallies is Judy Murray’s programme which aims to expand the number of women and girls coaching and playing tennis across the UK. No need to book.
  • Bookable Tennis Taster Sessions – call 0131 443 0101 to book
    Lots of free taster sessions with Edinburgh Leisure’s top coaches throughout the afternoon;
  • 2.30- 3pm: Kids Tennis (5-8 years) 
  • 3- 3.30pm: Kids Tennis (9-12 years) 
  • 3- 3.30pm: Cardio Tennis (8-14 years) 
  • 3.30-4pm: Teens Tennis (12-17 years)  
  • 3.20 pm: Cardio Tennis (14 years – adult) 
  • 3.40pm: Family Cardio Tennis
  • 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm: Adult Doubles Drills 

Edinburgh Leisure’s flagship tennis facility at Craiglockhart has been served up these six new outdoor tennis courts, having secured funding from Tennis Scotland and sportscotland.

The front four courts have been reconfigured and extended to create five courts, all with floodlights and a centre court which will allow major tournaments to be hosted that can accommodate spectators.  All the courts have a new all-weather artificial clay surface, which will allow play all year round.

Kirsty Stobie, Manager at Edinburgh Leisure’s Craiglockhart Tennis Centre said: “Edinburgh Leisure is very grateful to Tennis Scotland and sportscotland for their funding contribution. We’re thrilled that the new surface will allow us to continue to host the Nike Junior International and the Scottish Junior Open Championships each year, which will bring the outdoor courts alive with talented players from all over the world coming to participate.

“The surface will help support the development of our junior players within Edinburgh Leisure’s programme as well as the local development squads supported by Tennis Scotland and can also be enjoyed my members of the public.”

Craiglockhart Leisure and Tennis Centre is also the home of Tennis Scotland, part of the Lawn Tennis Association, the governing body for tennis in Scotland responsible for growing participation and supporting the long-term development of talented players.

The outdoor tennis courts at Craiglockhart have seen many world-famous players grace their surface over the years from Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe in the 1970s to Andy Murray in the 90s.

Craiglockhart Tennis Centre has six indoor courts and a further three outdoor clay courts at the back of the building in addition to these new courts, a cycling studio and Harry’s Café.   Its Leisure Centre also boasts a spacious gym with over 70 pieces of kit, fitness studios, squash courts and a multipurpose sports hall.

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