Wimbledon Champion Roger Federer visited Dundonald Rec Tennis Club (DRTC) on Thursday 27th June, during one of its free after school sessions days that the Club provides for the local community. Mr Federer praised the Olympic Legacy Programme which offers free tennis coaching to local children.
Dr Ernesto Pinto (Chair of DRTC) said:
“It is a great honour to receive a visit from such an inspirational figure – the members were so excited about it! He was pleased that this local initiative of getting young people involved in sport, particularly tennis, is so popular both in Dundonald Rec and at local schools through the club’s out-reach programme.”
“We discussed the importance of getting people involved in sport from a young age and I explained how DRTC is planning to achieve this”.
“We invited Mr Federer to return to the DRTC when he’s next in Wimbledon to see the growth of tennis in our community”.
The All England Tennis Club donated equipment which the DRTC is most appreciative of.
The Olympic Legacy Programme was launched last week by the Mayor of Merton, the initiative has the support of local Gold Medallist Olympian, Sophie Hosking MBE. The Olympic Legacy Programme has already benefited more than 300 children from the Trinity Primary School who last week received free coaching over two days.