Aims & Vision


Tennis for Race Against Dementia is a not-for-profit initiative developed by Darren Burgess in collaboration with Tennis Scotland to increase access to tennis fitness for people aged 50 and over across Scotland.  We aim, particularly through our fitness sessions, to: 


  • contribute to Tennis Scotland's vision of Tennis Opened up to Deliver The Legacy in Scotland; and its mission to grow tennis by making it relevant, accessible, welcoming and enjoyable;


  • support healthy cognitive ageing through participation in tennis, to help to reduce the chances of people developing dementia, as promoted by the Alzheimer’s Society (see Blog section);


  • improve mental health and physical well-being, particularly for those who may have become less active or lonely during the COVID-19 lockdowns;


  • and support The Scottish Government's Active Scotland Delivery Plan and Strategy for Older People, to help make Scotland a place where people live longer and healthier lives with opportunities to enjoy a high quality of life as they grow older, so they can live as independently as possible.


We are committed to supporting the work and research of Sir Jackie Stewart's Race Against Dementia to find a breakthrough in the prevention or treatment of dementia, by both fundraising via our tennis fitness sessions and raising awareness of the charity. 


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