Tennis Programme Report 2019

Alan Russell , outgoing Head Coach, reports on a busy and successful year for the club in 2019.

To read the full report click here. Alternatively you can catch up on the highlights below. 


Summary and Highlights



2019 was a successful year for the club in individual and team competitions.

The highlights were:

  • East Leagues - excellent performances by Ladies’ teams, including promotion for two teams
  • Team Tennis - another outstanding league season with three teams in 1st place, four in 2nd place and two in 3rd place
  • Scottish Cup - both Men and Ladies reached the quarter-finals
  • Inter-club singles - both Men and Ladies reached the semi-finals
  • Club championships - increased entry, with 106 players in 20 events
  • Dunfermline Junior Open - increased entry, with 118 players in 15 events, player numbers up more than 30% from 2018
  •  Individual performances - significant success in local, county, regional and national competitions; 10 players represented Scotland and/or East of Scotland
  • A full and varied calendar of competitions throughout the year.



Significant changes to coaching administration were made in 2019 - these had the impact of slightly reducing player numbers, but made the processes much more effective and efficient.

Key points:

  • Holiday camps - 22 camps in Easter and Summer holidays, but not Autumn due to clubhouse renovation
  • Development groups (for all players), Performance squads (for competing players) and Cluster squads (organised with other clubs in Central & West Fife) ran throughout the year
  • Indoor mini tennis was provided in Spring and Winter terms
  • Adult coaching was delivered to 58 players in Beginner, Beginner Plus, Improver, Team and Cardio Tennis groups
  • Three coaches gained new LTA coaching qualifications. We also trained 12 new Tennis Leaders, 10 Primary School teachers and a large number of school Sports Ambassadors.


Social Tennis

Social tennis continued largely unchanged throughout 2019:

  • Weekday daytime sessions are consistently busy but numbers in the evenings are variable
  • Sunday afternoons sessions have effectively stopped but Social Doubles events ran on the first Sunday of some months
  • Two ‘pilot’ Junior Club Night / Girls’ Night sessions ran but these were not offered regularly enough to meet demand.


Schools and Community

  • Our Schools and Community programme continued to grow:
  • Primary Schools coaching – funding from Carnegie Dunfermline Trust via Dunfermline and West Fife Sports Council helped us introduce tennis to more than 2,280 children
  • Schools competitions – our two Mini Wimbledon events reached their capacity of 48 teams
  • Prince’s Trust Achieve project (three schools) and Disability Sport Fife Academy (two schools) were delivered along similar lines to 2018
  • We delivered a wide range of other tennis development activities in schools and the local community.


Overall participation in our tennis programme increased to an estimated 3,350 (3,180 in 2018).



Dunfermline Tennis & Bridge Club