Yesterday was an exciting day for tennis in Oxfordshire, as we were the stop for the Davis Cup Legacy Tour. Now seeing a trophy might not sound like too big a deal, but in this case, that couldn't be further from the truth. First, there is the scale of the thing - the cup part itself would make a pretty generous baby-bath, and that is without it's two tier plinth. I've never seen a trophy big enough to warrant two dedicated tour busses before! But secondly, and perhaps more importantly, was the scale of the effort put into the 'legacy in action' part of the day.
Well over 500 primary school children came down to The White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre in Abingdon, not only to see the cup and have their photos taken, but to get on court and play some tennis. Joe and Ali were lucky enough to be part of the small army of volunteers from all over the county, introducing children to tennis and making sure they had a great time. Evidently, this part of the proceedings really hit the spot as one small boy was overheard exclaiming "This is the best school trip I have ever been on - I love tennis!".
Students from Abingdon and Witney College were on hand, with sports students lending a hand as assistant coaches and media studies people making a film of the day, which I am really looking forward to seeing.
There is something very special about the atmosphere created, when people come together to celebrate the hard work and success of others, but also to channel all those positive feelings into reaching out and making improvements in their own communities and in this case, to introduce our sport to people who might otherwise not think tennis is for them.
Tennis is for everyone, and it's really really good fun.