Alan Russell scoops National Award
Thu, 25 Jul 2019 00:00
The Head Coach of Dunfermline Tennis Club has been named as Scotland's tennis coach of the year at a prestigious awards ceremony.
Alan Russell was honoured at the Tennis Scotland Awards 2018, which were held at Gleneagles on Tuesday.
The annual ceremony recognised the achievements, work and dedication of individuals, clubs, teams, tournaments and programmes throughout the country during the course of last year across 14 categories.
It is the second time that Alan has won the award - having won it in 2013 - and has been feted for his work managing the club's tennis programme.
His happiest moments of 2018 included the club's juniors winning five Team Tennis leagues, and the club programme reaching almost 3,200 participants.
Alan, who also referees the North Angus and Grantown tournaments, aims to establish two new community tennis programmes in West Fife this year.
He said: "The best thing about tennis is that it’s a sport for everyone, for life."
"I’d say to any young player in the sport to hold on to your love of tennis and be patient – nobody ever gives up tennis because it’s too easy. I’d like to thank Tennis Scotland for recognising me as Coach of the Year, it’s a real honour."
Tennis Scotland chief executive Blane Dodds added: "Our ambition is to not only harness the success of our players on the world stage, but deliver a legacy that inspires more people across Scotland to play at a local level, and we can only do so with the support of many dedicated coaches, clubs and volunteers like those recognised in our awards."