Murdoch swaps trunks for tie-breaks to promote summer of sport at Stirling

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Ross Murdoch and junior tennis players
Olympic swimmer, Ross Murdoch, was joined by some budding tennis players to launch the University of Stirling Sports Centre's Summer Memberships campaign

University of Stirling Olympian Ross Murdoch, put his tennis skills to the test this week as he helped launch the University Sports Centre’s summer membership campaign.

Currently preparing for the FINA World Championships in Budapest in July, Murdoch took time out of his busy schedule to practice some serve and volley with a group of budding players and enjoyed the short break from his intense training regime.

The current Commonwealth and British champion said: “It was nice to do something a little bit different and great to see the kids have fun because, ultimately, that’s what sport should be all about. The health benefits of sport and exercise are well known but it’s important that anyone taking part likes what they’re doing because that’s what will keep them motivated.

“Summer is always a good time to get into positive lifestyle habits and the University is ideal for anyone looking to enjoy physical activity. Whether it’s swimming, tennis, golf or general exercise, it offers such a variety of activities so can cater for a range of users from someone just starting out through to elite athletes performing at an international level. Whatever your experience or goals it’s a fantastic place to get involved and try something new.”

Following encouraging performances in the first half of the season, including a gold at the British Championships in Sheffield, Murdoch is confident ahead of his trip to Hungary where he will revisit a number of rivalries that have developed over the past months.

“Training has been really good and I feel like I’m in a position to have an impact in Budapest. I did okay when we were in Japan last month, against some really tough opposition, so I’m well aware of the challenge that lies ahead but I’m excited about meeting it head-on and pushing for a World Championships medal.”

A University of Stirling summer membership offers unlimited access to the Sports Centre’s world-class fitness suite, strength and conditioning areas, swimming pool and exercise classes and this year’s campaign, which runs between June and September, is also offering unlimited use of the facility’s indoor tennis courts and campus 9-hole golf course to encourage members to widen their sporting experience.

One, two and three month memberships are available from £40 with existing member bolt-ons costing only £30. Child memberships and bolt-ons can be purchased from £20. All memberships and bolt-ons expire on 14 September 2017. Normal terms and conditions apply.

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For more information visit the Sports Centre website or contact the Sports Centre reception on 01786 466900 or