LTA Tennis Awards: 70 inspirational regional winners unveiled

17/04/2019

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LTA Tennis Awards Regional Award winner Maggie coaching kids

70 outstanding individuals and venues across Great Britain have been named as regional winners of this year’s LTA Tennis Awards. 

The awards recognise their contribution to grassroots tennis in 2018, with the winners selected from a record 1,500 nominations across the 10 categories. 

Launched in 2015, the LTA Tennis Awards celebrate the thousands of individuals involved in tennis – from the 25,000 volunteers, to the 4,400 coaches and 940 officials. They also highlight the incredible achievements of 20,000 schools, 2,700 clubs and over 9,700 LTA approved tournaments in helping to grow the sport.

The regional winners from five regions in England were selected from County LTA winners, and now join the 10 winners from each of Scotland and Wales in progressing through to be considered for the national shortlist in each of their respective categories. Those that make the shortlist will be invited to Wimbledon for the LTA Tennis Awards event in July where the overall winners will be announced.

Alex Beaumont, LTA Volunteering Manager said: “Every year we're blown away by the standard of the applications and the phenomenal achievements they demonstrate in helping to grow the sport. The LTA Tennis Awards are an excellent way for us to say thank you to everyone and celebrate that progress.”

All of the 70 regional winners will be presented with their awards at one of the LTA’s major grass court tournaments this summer.  Winners from London and the South East have been given the added bonus of a visit to this weekend’s Fed Cup tie against Kazakhstan at the Copper Box, where one lucky member of the group will perform a special role…

Joining Britain’s best on court at the Fed Cup

Maggie King, who volunteers at her local tennis club near Chichester, has been named as the LTA Young Volunteer of the Year for London and the South East.  As a result of that recognition, Maggie has been selected by the LTA to perform a coin toss on Sunday for one of Great Britain’s Fed Cup rubbers this weekend.

Maggie, who turned 16 earlier this year, is described by those at her club as a fantastic volunteer with an abundance of enthusiasm.  She dedicates her time on Friday evenings and weekends to helping out with the children’s coaching at the club, as well as volunteering at her school.  Because she is so positive she makes a great role model with an ability to connect and engage younger children.  She has helped with all the tennis camps at her club, as well as the Nature Valley Big Tennis Weekend open day’s each year.  With a focus on making sessions fun, Maggie always manages to get everyone on court hitting, smiling and loving their sessions.

The fun Maggie always delivers on court for others though, is in contrast to what she experienced off court.  Her father was diagnosed with cancer eight years ago, and was told several times he would not make 12 months.  As a result, the family has had to travel to Manchester on a regular basis for his treatment.  Maggie’s mum feels her daughter’s involvement with tennis however has given her some stability among this disruption, and as she finds volunteering with the coaching so fun it has been a lovely distraction from what at times has been a really quite depressing tie for the family. 

Whatever the emotions Maggie has coped with off court are never evident in her work on it to engage more young children in tennis.  Without exception, she is always enthusiastic, happy, helpful, energetic, proactive and insatiably keen to help out in any way.  She never complains about doing anything, with the Head Coach at her club saying they simply could not ask for a better apprentice or assistant.

Maggie’s love of coaching stems from watching the young children she works with grow and develop, being so pleased for them when something finally clicks and their learning curve shoots up.  She is already making progress with her own coaching qualifications too, and will complete her LTA Level 1 qualification later this month – having booked on to a course the very day she became old enough to do so.

An asset to her club, and an asset to tennis, Maggie is a wonderful example of just what the LTA Tennis Awards regional winners are contributing to the growth of tennis right across the country – congratulations to each and every one of them.

LTA Tennis Awards – Regional Winners

Lifetime Achievement

London and South East – Peter Stotesbury

Central and East –  Simon Grainger

South and South West – Paul Butcher

Midlands – Sue Bilton  

North – John Taylor

Scotland – Hamish BcBain

Wales – Nigel Jones

Volunteer of the Year

London and South East – Marina Foxlee

Central and East – Lawrence Hopkins

South and South West – Mark Taber

Midlands – Pat Clarke

North – Ken Thomas

Scotland – Iain Miller

Wales – Vicki Briadbent

Young Volunteer of the Year

London and South East – Maggie King

Central and East –  Callum West

South and South West – Connie Simpson

Midlands – Imogen Looker

North – Harrison Savage

Scotland – Alix Christie  

Wales – Jonathon Dawes

Coach of the Year

London and South East – Luke House

Central and East – Jon Maskens

South and South West – James Brobin

Midlands – Claire Norman  

North – Sam Salt

Scotland – Alan Russell

Wales – Craig Ingham

Official of the Year

London and South East – Emily McGuinness

Central and East – Matt Breese

South and South West – Simon Corbishley

Midlands – Ed Bradford

North – Dave Kitchen

Scotland – Teresa Tait

Wales – Mark Wilkinson

Club of the Year

London and South East – Oakwood Tennis Club

Central and East – Ipswich Sports Club  

South and South West – Redmarley Tennis Club

Midlands –  Duffield Tennis Club

North – Alderley Edge Tennis Club

Scotland – Aboyne Tennis

Wales – Caerphilly Tennis Club

Community Venue of the Year

London and South East – Parks Tennis in Kingston

Central and East –  Parktennis (Hertfordshire)

South and South West – Winchcombe Tennis Club

Midlands – Horncastle Community Tennis Network

North – A690 (Sunderland)

Scotland – Fairfield Community Sports Hub

Wales – Aneurin Leisure

Competition of the Year

London and South East – Sussex County Championships

Central and East – Bedfordshire County Closed  

South and South West – Gloucestershire League Over 60s

Midlands –  Leicestershire County Closed

North – Yorkshire County Championships

Scotland – The Glasgow Trophy

Wales – British Tour, Penarth

Disability Programme of the Year

London and South East – Jimmy’s Tennis at Frindsbury Lawn Tennis Club

Central and East –  East Anglia Tennis & Squash Club

South and South West – Portsmouth Tennis Centre

Midlands –  Droitwich Tennis Lido

North – Clare Mount Specialist Schools College (Wirral)

Scotland – Accessible Tennis CIC (Glasgow)

Wales – Newport Tennis Centre

Education Venue of the Year

London and South East – Deal Parochial Church of England Primary School

Central and East – Clapton Girls’ Academy  

South and South West – St Mary's Church of England Primary School (Devon)

Midlands – University of Nottingham

North – Dame Dorothy Primary School (Sunderland)

Scotland – Lauder Primary School

Wales – Cardinal Newman Catholic School

Get involved

Feeling inspired by Maggie and all of our incredible regional volunteers? From supporting your local venue to getting involved at our major events, find out how you can get into volunteering.

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