A campaign fronted by the mother of tennis ace Andy Murray is encouraging north-east parents and carers to “play ball” with their young ones.
To launch the drive, tennis coach Judy Murray joined Children’s Minister Aileen Campbell for some ball play with children at Scotstoun sports campus in Glasgow.
And a number of free balls will be available at leisure centres throughout the north-east
In Aberdeen they will be available at the Beach Leisure Centre, Tullos pool, the Alex Collie Sports Centre, Bridge of Don; Peterculter sports centre and Northfield pool.
In Aberdeenshire, they will be available at Peterhead Leisure Centre.
Mrs Murray said: “Playing ball and providing young children with opportunities to be both active and interactive helps with their physical and social development.
“By rolling, kicking or throwing a ball back and forth, children are learning the basic tracking, sending and receiving skills that under pin all ball sports.
“When Andy and Jamie were young we invented all sorts of games at home.
“The key is to start simple and slow, build the confidence through success and then try something a little more challenging.”