Overgate has agreed to sponsoring local tennis talent, 12-year-old Ben Hudson. The year-long support which begins this week will provide vital financial support for the young Dundonian who is currently ranked No. 1 in Scotland at age 12 and under level, and who last month represented Scotland at the Home Internationals. Ben also recently played as No1 in the age 12 and under level against England, Ireland and Wales where he won 5 out of the 6 matches played.

Until now, Ben’s tennis endeavours have been funded largely by his parents. This includes one private coaching lesson a week, training at the Scottish National Tennis Centre in Stirling most Tuesdays and Thursdays, plus an almost daily playing commitment, with days off to recover. Weekends for Ben and his parents are spent at national events, mostly across Scotland and increasingly across the UK.

The sponsorship announced today by Overgate will allow Ben to undertake more frequent coaching over the next 12 months as well as help with his travel costs to continue to compete in events nationally. Furthermore, Ben has now started training in the gym, but with limited professional help in this area, the sponsorship will help him to expand on this too.

Despite the challenges Ben has faced developing his tennis skills over the last 5 years, mainly with the time and cost implications of competing nationally, his list of achievements demonstrate an outstanding abilityNewlands Junior Open age 12 and under – Winner singles and doubles

Speaking about today’s announcement, Malcolm Angus, Overgate Centre Manager said, “Overgate is delighted to be sponsoring Ben. He is an outstanding young talent with immense ambition and great promise. His list of achievements so far, especially at such a young age, deserve recognition and we hope this financial support will further help Ben to fulfil his potential over the next year and ensure his continued success.”

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