Level 1 Coaching Assistant (Tennis Scotland)

Tennis Scotland are running a level 1 course in March at the David Keswick Centre in Dumfries

Course Details
The LTA Level 1 Coach Assistant Qualification is the first step on the LTA Coaching Pathway. It is aimed at people looking to work as a coaching assistant at a club or other tennis venue, such as a park or a school. The qualification is an assessed course.
Upon successful completion candidates will be able to work as an assistant coach alongside a minimum of a Level 2 Accredited Coach in a beginner coaching session.
The course is 3 days in duration, split over a minimum period of 4 weeks and will cover areas such as Mini Tennis, technique, tactics, communication, organisation, demonstrations, safeguarding, running competitive events and organising activity sessions. Additionally, the course requires candidates to complete a portfolio and gain a minimum of three hours experience assisting an LTA Accredited or Accredited+ coach between the second and third day of the course.
Coaches who hold a Level 1 Coach Assistant Qualification are not qualified to coach independently, but will be able to lead parts of a coaching session on an adjacent court to a Level 2 or above coach. They can also run a tennis activity session that has been set up by the Head Coach (Level 3 or above). A tennis activity session refers to organised play or competition facilitated by a coach through organising equipment, allocating space, and suggesting some ideas for activities. The key distinction between a coaching session and activity session is that no formal coaching instructions (for example technical instruction) are given.

Level 1 coaching course

Coaches will qualify for the following subsidy amounts:
Level 1: 40% of full course cost with a maximum value of £75

Sports Scotland funding
Course Pre-requisites
Be a minimum of 16 years old on the first day of the course.
Have a signed letter of deployment from the club where coaching experience will be undertaken or request a letter of deployment from the Course Provider.
Candidates must attend all the sessions of the course at the same venue and pass all elements of assessment to be successful.


Mini Red Matchplay

The David Keswick Centre in Dumfries hosted the final D&G tennis competition of the year.

We had a great day of play with some excellent tennis from all the 8s and under.

The event had 2 new D&G players talking part, Eamon McFarlane from the Stewartry Community Sports Club & Caitlin Topping from Dumfries Tennis Club. We also had some players playing in only their 2nd or 3rd events, Lucy Scade & Stella Hodgins from Dumfries Tennis Club and Angus McCreary from Eaglesfield.

Caitlin, Ava, Lucy, Stella, Isaac, Jack, Ethan, Dominik, Adam, Angus & Eamon[1]

The format had 2 groups of players with Jack Wearing, Dominik Czopek, Ethan Leyman all Dumfries and Eamon all qualifying for the semi finals with Adam Hunter, Isaac Sharp, Stella Hodgins again all Dumfries being joined by Ava Rimmington from Tyne & Wear in the consolation event.

In the main semi-final draw Jack edged a tight battle against club mate Ethan to win 10-9, whilst Dominik used all his experience to beat Eamon who was playing in his first event 10-4. Ethan claimed third spot by beating Eamon 10-1, then Jack defeated another club mate in Dominik to win 10-3 and claim the win.

In the consolation event Adam and Isaac progressed to the final before Adam secured the victory 10-5.

Great to see all these young players competing.

Dumfries Mini Red Matchplay Results

Dumfries & Galloway Tennis AGM

The forthcoming District AGM will be held on Tuesday 20th November 2018 at 7.15pm at the Ice Bowl , Dumfries.

The committee would appreciate there being at least one representative from each club in attendance at the AGM where possible.

If there are any motions /resolutions /nominations for Committee positions or any other matter these should be intimated to Lister McKiddie 7 days in advance of the AGM.

We would be grateful if office bearers would prepare their reports for the meeting.

We expect a representative from the Council with an update on the proposed indoor centre and Andrew Raitt from Tennis Scotland is expected to attend.

We look forward to seeing a large turnout at the meeting.

Red2Yellow Tour Moves Inside

Despite the poor weather we managed to complete the Red ball event by transferring it indoors.

We had 5 Dumfries players and 3 from Carlisle taking part with some fantastic tennis from all players on the day. Jack Wearing, Dominik Czopek, both Dumfries, Rex Castillo and Toby Irving, both Carlisle came out the groups into the semi-finals. Jack made a good comeback to edge past Toby in the first semi 10-8 and Dominik played some good long rallies to frustrate Rex 10-4. Toby won the 3rd/4th play-off 10-3 against Rex.  Jack secure a fine victory but not before Dominik drag himself back into the match from 4-8 down to draw level at 9-9 before losing 10-9. Jack completed the day with 5 wins out of 5.

In the consolation final Ethan Leyman (Dumfries), who was playing his first ever event, started very strong against last months winner Adam Hunter (Dumfries) as he held of Adam’s comeback to win the consolation final 10-7. In the play-off Erin Charnock (Carlisle) beat Isaac Sharp (Dumfries) 10-6.

D&G Red2Yellow Winter Tour Red Leaderboard

D&G Red2Yellow Winter Tour Red Results

Ethan, Adam, Jack, Isaac, Erin, Toby, Rex & Dominik

Red2Yellow Winter Tour Orange

On a horrible windy day, 9 fantastic orange players went on court with big smiles and plenty of laughter as they completed 29 matches. The tennis was as good as the weather would allow and every player managed a win on the day. The 2 favourites, Oliver Clark (Edinburgh) and Logan McCluskey (Dumfries) eased their way through the 2 groups winning all their matches and were joined in the semi finals by Logan’s training partners Grant Kerr and Lewis Hutchings (both Dumfries).

Autumn, Rex, Charlotte, Oliver, Logan, Grant, Lewis & Toby (Thomas missing)

Red2Yellow Winter Tour Orange Results

In the first semi Logan won a very tight match against Lewis 10-8 as both boys struggled with the wind. In the second semi Oliver’s experience gave him the edge over Grant as he won the match 10-7 to set up another match against Logan.

In the 3rd and 4th play-off Grant came out on top as he edged it by beating Lewis 10-6. In the final Oliver got of to a good start which left Logan playing catch up and despite his best efforts he was unable to catch Oliver who claimed the win 10-7.

The other 5 players all enjoyed victories with Thomas McCleary (Annan), Autumn Hodgins (Dumfries), Toby Irving, Rex Castillo and Charlotte Hall (Carlisle) all playing some great tennis when the weather allowed and well done to Charlotte for edging the girls match as she edge past Autumn 10-8.

This leaves Oliver and Autumn top of each leaderboard. Orange Winter Leaderboard

Next Orange event is in February with the next tour events being Red and Green on the 3rd of November.

Double Triumph for Dalbeattie

Dalbeattie completed a rare double at the weekend. After their B team won the division 2 league, the A team went into the match against Stewartry CSC knowing that at win or draw would be enough to secure their 15th straight title.

The first 2 rubbers went to championship tie-breaks with each team picking up a rubber each. Paul & Maureen got Dalbeattie of to a winning start with a 6-3, 4-6, 10-7 win against Colin and Susan with Stewartry bouncing straight back as they reversed the score as Bruce and Charlotte edge it with a 6-3, 4-6, 12-10 win against Stephen and Shona. Stewartry then seized the initiative as Colin and Charlotte then took the next rubber 6-3,6-2 against Paul and Shona, this left the final rubber to decide the fate of the title and again Stewartry gained the upper hand as Bruce and Susan grabbed the first set 7-5 before Stephen and Maureen pegged it back to take the 2nd 6-3 and with the momentum Dalbeattie secured the draw as they took the tie-break 10-1 and with that secure the title for the 15th straight year.

D&G Mixed Double League Results

Elsewhere the relegation battle between Kirkcudbright and Dumfries B didn’t happen as the hosts were unable to field a team and as such awarded Dumfries the points and there safety in the top league for another season.

D&G Red2Yellow Winter Tour 12s

After storm Ali it was a welcome relief to see some Dumfries sunshine as D&G finest 12s & under kids played some entertaining tennis.

The Dumfries quartet of Fergus, Eve, Jacob and newest member Flynn were joined by Ben from Moffat, Oran and Kealan from Edinburgh and James from Glasgow.

D&G Red2Yellow Winter Tour 12s Results

There were first round wins for James, Kealan, Ben and Fergus. Kealan then edged out James in the semi final 4-1, 4-3 with Fergus beating Ben 4-0, 4-0 although Ben played much better than the score line suggests. In the consolation semi Oran got the better of a nervous Eve with a 4-0, 4-0 win with Flynn edging a classic match against hitting partner Jacob 3-4(2), 4-1, 10-9. In the play-off Ben took advantage of James’s injury to claim third spot with a 4-0, 4-2 win. In the final Kealan controlled the match very well with some great court movement to put Fergus under constant pressure which Fergus couldn’t deal with as Kealan wrapping up the win 4-1, 4-0. In the consolation play-off Jacob bt Eve 4-0, 4-3(2) and Flynn held his nerve to claim the consolation win with a very tough win as he edged out Oran 3-4(3), 4-2, 10-6.

Red2Yellow 12s Leaderboard


The next 12s event is scheduled for 10th November.