A man from the Dumfries Tennis Club has been recognized by the sport’s national governing body as one of the most prestigious awards in Scottish tennis.
Michael Goldie is a finalist in the Tennis Scotland Awards at the Volunteer of the Year category. Throughout the year he has dedicated his time to running the club, retaining members, keeping coaching affordable and making tennis pleasurable for all abilities.
The 53-year-old has always enjoyed watching and playing sports from a young age but it was not until 2016 when Michael decided to pursue a full level one and level two tennis coaching qualification in 2018. He is currently undertaking Level three to help grow tennis at the club and the region.
He said: “Currently as a coach, official, player and club chairman, I spend around 20 hours a week being involved with tennis.”
Michael also works for Dumfries and Galloway Council and spends time with his loving partner Elizabeth and their three boys, Callum, Finlay and Fergus.
The shortlist for the Tennis Scotland Awards recognizes the contributions of individuals, clubs, programs, and competitions to a growing role in a key role. Club membership increased by more than 8000 across Scotland in 2021.
Along with Michael, 23 other nominees have been posted across nine separate categories. The winners will be announced online on April 29 and at the LTA British Tennis Awards later this year.
Blane Dodds, Tennis Scotland chief executive, commented: “We are proud to have made the effort to grow our sport in 2021, with every member of the Scottish tennis community playing their part.”
Mike said: “I am so proud that we got five minutes of fame inside the Scottish tennis scene. I would never feel that I am the winner, it would be the club, the region and all the members who support what we do. ”
He added: “We are the same sport in most of the region, the place is a barrier but what we can do is bring the sport of tennis to Dumfries.”
For Michael, it was not the first time in his career that he had been challenged by members of the club who used to have limited court time. He started with a small junior program which now includes 87 children who attend every week.
He said: “The most rewarding part about this is the sport of people playing tennis and enjoying it, having fun, being sociable and being good at the sport.”
Michael wants to continue growing Dumfries Tennis Club. He said: “Our main goal is to keep the club going and keep it going.
“Every sport has its merits and we all get into sports for different reasons. However, I feel tennis is a real life skill that children and adults will have their entire life regardless of their level. An individual sport which can be a big part of your social life, your exercise regime, your stress reliever and all the abilities for a sport. ”