Busby youngsters set for sport

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EVERY child dreams of meeting their hero – and for one Busby youngster, the dream came true recently thanks to mum and dad.

Scott Bruce (9) – an Asperger syndrome sufferer – was stunned when he came face to face with tennis favourite Andy Murray at Craiglockhart tennis centre in Edinburgh.

Mum Valerie told The Extra: “I entered a competition on the Set4Sport Facebook page, and submitted a picture of my children playing their own game with everyday objects.

“My husband and I didn’t tell the kids we had won, and surprised them when we took them – Scott, Ewan (6) and Cara (5) – to meet Andy.

“The morning was spent participating in Set4Sport games with 20 other families, and Judy Murray was on hand to help the kids – and the parents.

“Andy arrived and spent a couple of hours showing us his moves and some tennis tips, and I was even lucky enough to snatch a kiss when he gave me signed top”.

Eldest daughter Eilidh (11) missed out on meeting the star because of a school trip, but was delighted with the second part of the family’s prize: a visit from Judy Murray to Busby primary.

Judy visited the school last Thursday, armed with Set4Sport equipment and aiming to teach pupils some games to encourage them into sport.

The same games were played by Andy and his brother Jamie as children – and the hope is that they’ll encourage another Olympic champion or grand slam winner, perhaps from Busby this time.

Judy explained: “Primarily, this is about kids having fun in their family environment, but doing so in a way that develops core skills at the same time.

“And the beauty of it is that any equipment needed for these games and exercises will almost certainly be in your home.

“Today is a very special day for the Bruce family, and for the town – hopefully Andy’s success will inspire more parents and children, and encourage families to become more active”.