Alan Somerville, Senior Development Officer of Cunninghame Housing Association recently presented a cheque for £1,000 to Dominik Czopek, a young tennis player from Dumfries, as part of a 3-year sponsorship.
Dominik is a 12-year-old tennis player from Dumfries who is ranked 1 st in Scotland in his age group.
Dominik has been playing tennis since he was 6 years old. He is a member of Dumfries Tennis Club and travels to Stirling twice a week to train at the Regional Player Development Centre (RPDC) which supports junior players who are considered to have the highest potential for international success and selection for the National Academy and International Junior stage of the player pathway.
Dominik has been selected to represent the South of Scotland for the County Cup in the age 12 under and 14 under as well as being invited by the Lawn Tennis Association to play match play on numerous occasions and is the first player from his region to play national competition level.
Dominik is completely self-funded by the support of his parents however, such a sport can prove costly such as tennis shoes, clothing, tennis rackets, travel and accommodation when taking part in competitions away from home. The funding provided by Cunninghame Housing Association will help support these costs over the next 3 years, alleviating the financial burden to allow Dominik to concentrate on progressing in his sport.
Lesley Keenan, Chairperson of CHA commented, “We are delighted to be able to provide financial support to Dominik, enabling him to concentrate on his training and taking part in competitions whilst supporting him in his commitment and determination to do well.”
The funding for the Dominik Czopek came from the Associations “Making Our Communities a Better Place Fund” which operates throughout the year (1 st April to 31 st March) until the allocated funding is exhausted.
Local Groups or individuals interested in finding out more about the Associations Making Our Communities Better Places Fund can do so by visiting our website http://cunninghamehousing.org where you can also download an application form.