Kilgraston Open Day
Saturday 2 February 2019
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At Kilgraston we work with girls of all ages and abilities, encouraging home-grown talent throughout the school.
Enjoyment of tennis is at the heart of our programme whatever a girl’s age or ability. We encourage girls to participate from a young age following our mini-tennis programme and older girls can also improve their game through regular squads and individual lessons. Parents too, are invited to come and play on Saturday lunchtimes during term time. Girls aspiring to the performance level are invited to join our Tennis Academy.
With the help of our Performance Coach and Director of Sport, academy players benefit from a range of opportunities, including individual coaching, squad training, sports psychology and nutrition advice. They are also encouraged to compete in LTA sanctioned ratings and ranking tournaments alongside interschool competitions.
Our players have access to eight new astroturf courts including three specifically for tennis and a five court tennis area also used for fitness, mini hockey, netball, football and basketball. We have an indoor court in the sports hall for when bad weather stops play outside.
Tennis Coach – Billy McNeil
Kilgraston Tennis Academy is led by Billy McNeil. As a Level 4 Senior Performance Coach Billy has a wealth of experience both as a player and coach, with over 10 years working as a full-time tennis coach. Prior to the position at Kilgraston, Billy was the Performance Programme Manager at Scotstoun Indoor Tennis Centre in Glasgow. During his time there he worked with top national Junior players, and in 2015 was the individual coach to both the Scottish 12 and Under boys’ and girls’ champions.
Billy began his career working at tennis clubs in Fife and Edinburgh, becoming Club Coach at Aberdour LTC. During his eight years at Aberdour he developed and grew the junior programme from just 30 children to over 130, delivering a programme to children of all levels and abilities. It was also during his time time at Aberdour that he and his Club won East of Scotland Club of the Year and gained Clubmark status.
As an accomplished tennis player Billy’s career has seen him become a Scottish Junior Champion (18 and under), as well as training full-time with a tennis scholarship at the University of Stirling from 2001-2005. It was here he obtained an Honours degree in Sports Studies.
Billy told us: “I’m really excited about my future coaching at Kilgraston. I hope to create a real buzz around the tennis programme, providing fun and professional tennis lessons. And who knows, perhaps one day my 18 month old daughter Olivia will be a part of Kilgraston Tennis Academy!”