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If you want to encourage kids to get active and stay active, it has to be fun and it must be inclusive. That’s the ethos behind PEEK’s Active Play Tennis sessions at Clyde Gateway.

 

In Glasgow’s Bridgeton and Dalmarnock areas, charity PEEK (Possibilities for Each and Every Kid) is providing fun tennis sessions right in the heart of the community, helped by funding from Clyde Gateway, Western Tennis Club and property management company Speirs Gumley.

 

In these after-school sessions, professional tennis coaches and PEEK staff deliver free, inclusive and stimulating tennis coaching to children with the aim of having fun, getting active and introducing kids to a sport they might not normally have access to.

 

The programme is currently delivered at Dalmarnock and St Anne’s Primary schools, the Athletes’ Village, Dale Street in Bridgeton and Barrowfield Park.

 

“Research tells us that encouraging children to be active from an early age is vital if we want them to develop healthy habits that will last into adulthood,” said Melodie Crumlin, Chief Executive of PEEK. “The natural way for children to develop these skills and interests is through play. Play is such an important part of childhood, but a recent study shows that only 24% of kids play outside with their friends every day – that’s very different from a generation ago. Organised, fun and inclusive activities can help address this situation.”

 

“When PEEK ran their ‘Active Play Tennis’ pilot programme in Clyde Gateway in September 2016 we saw so many positive outcomes,” said Niki Spence, Senior Project Manager at Clyde Gateway. “There were of course increased levels of physical activity, but also improved confidence and social skills amongst the children, such as sharing, taking turns, self-discipline and tolerance of others. The adults got the chance to engage with their children in active play and sports, which is something that many of them didn’t often do, with the added benefit of increasing their own levels of physical activity.”

 

PEEK has also had support from Judy Murray, who has provided the team with a range of professional development opportunities linked to tennis. Judy said: “More Scottish kids than ever before are being inspired to take up tennis because of the success of Jamie and Andy, but not all have access to it due to location or cost. The PEEK sessions are a perfect example of grass roots tennis, bringing tennis directly to young people in the East End of Glasgow through schools, parks and community centres and most importantly, making it fun!”

 

“When I first started the sessions I was a bit worried that they were too wild and not structured enough!” says Cameron Black, PEEK’s tennis coach in residence. “But over the first few days and weeks I began to learn my biggest lesson; that kids just want to play! With the help of all the PEEK staff, we are able to give hundreds of young people the opportunity to try a sport that they may never have had access to otherwise.”

 

“The kids love it,” agrees Emma Morrison, a play ranger for PEEK. “We’re teaching them basic skills and building up their confidence. Kids have plenty of access to the usual sports like football and basketball at school and through clubs, but there is not much tennis going on in the east end – perhaps that’s why they enjoy it so much as they don’t see it every day.”

 

“I really enjoy the tennis club as I’ve got lots of friends here,” said Morgan, a P5 pupil who attends the Bridgeton sessions. “I started playing tennis at the summer club that PEEK take. I go every year now.”

 

“Tennis is my favourite, because I always win!” laughs Andrew, a P6 pupil. “And my name’s Andrew, so I’m Andy Murray!”



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