Falkirk park provides tennis fun for budding stars

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Tennis stars of the future turned out to practice their strokes at a special event held to mark Andy Murray’s success.

It may not have been the hallowed surroundings of the All England Lawn Tennis Club but Dollar Park had all the excitement and enthusiasm usually seen at Wimbledon.

Starting young at Dollar Park tennis sessions''Picture: Lisa McPhillips

Starting young at Dollar Park tennis sessions''Picture: Lisa McPhillips

Organised by Falkirk Community Trust’s sports development staff, there was an open invitation for people of all ages to turn up and try their hand at the Falkirk park on Tuesday afternoon.

Around 1000 people turned up and Kirsty Humphries, a sports development officer with the trust, said the response was overwhelming.

She said: “The whole place was really buzzing with everyone apparently having a great time.

“Over the four hours we were running there must have been about 1000 in the park which is magnificent.”

The tiny tots could take part in an obstacle course, five to eight year olds had mini-tennis on the putting green, while real tennis and cardio tennis, along with mini matches took place on the courts.

Kirsty added: “We had competitions and signed Andy Murray photographs that were donated were amongst the prizes.

“It was a really successful event and hopefully something we can do annually as a celebration of Wimbledon.”