Cheslyn Hay Tennis win ‘Communities and Parks’ award at LTA Tennis Awards

30/07/2020

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A Staffordshire tennis club have been rewarded for a stunning 2019 by scooping the ‘Communities and Parks’ award at the 2020 LTA Tennis Awards.

One of 18 national winners, Cheslyn Hay Tennis received the accolade from the governing body for tennis in Britain on account of their efforts to encourage more people into the sport.

More than 180,000 people played tennis at parks in 2019, with the LTA are supporting this growth by funding gate access systems, and through LTA Rally so players can book courts online.  Over 30,000 have also played tennis through the LTA’s SERVES programme, which takes tennis into the heart of communities.

Cheslyn Hay delivers a great range of community programmes, including Tennis for Free and SERVES, delivered through an amazing team of volunteers and coaches.

They have more than 200 players a week and last year raised £6,000 towards indoor provision, doing their bid to make the facilities as accessible and welcoming as possible.

In a virtual ceremony, Cheslyn Hay were presented their award by Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent.

As winners of the Communities and Parks Award, Cheslyn Hay Tennis will receive a £5,000 facilities grant from the LTA.

“We hope this is only the start, there is much more we can do to develop tennis in South Staffordshire and Cannock Chase.”

Speaking about their award, Head Coach at Cheslyn Hay Chris Perrin commented: “We are extremely proud and honoured to be awarded the LTA Tennis national award with so many other amazing tennis venues. There have been so many great moments and lots of hard work from everyone involved. From small beginnings in 2012 when the group started, we have got lots of rackets in new hands through affordable, accessible and inclusive tennis for all.We hope this is only the start, there is much more we can do to develop tennis in South Staffordshire and Cannock Chase".

 

Currently in their fifth year, the LTA Tennis Awards celebrate the achievements made by outstanding tennis volunteers, coaches, officials, venues and players in Britain. To be in contention for the national award, Cheslyn Hay Tennis had already claimed the County award for Staffordshire and the LTA regional award for the Midlands.

Streamed live on LTA channels and presented by Leon Smith OBE, the national ceremony – which was digital for the first time in the awards’ history – saw Cheslyn Hay Tennis pick up their award alongside 17 other national winners, including current British No.1s Dan Evans and Johanna Konta who were named the LTA Men’s and Women’s ‘Player of the Year’ respectively.

This year saw more than 2,000 nominations across grassroots categories including Young Person of the Year and Club of the Year.

Nominations were drawn from more than 25,000 volunteers, 4,400 coaches, 940 officials, 20,000 schools, 2,700 clubs and more than 9,700 LTA approved tournaments, demonstrating the extraordinary contributions of individuals and venues who help to open up the sport and bring new fans and players to the game.

“The LTA Tennis Awards are a real celebration of the people that make our sport thrive,” said LTA president, David Rawlinson. “They celebrate the achievements made by outstanding volunteers, coaches, officials, venues and players, who are all vital in helping us to grow the game.

“To be named a national winner out of over 2,000 public nominations is a fantastic achievement so I’d like to congratulate all of this year’s winners and extend my thanks to each and every one of them for all that they do to help tennis in Britain.”

National Runners Up

LiveWire

In 2019, Livewire completed the Great Sankey programme, a community project that includes 4 floodlit Courts. Reaching over 1500 unique participants, and 110 weekly members, the programme grows from strength to strength and brings tennis into the heart of a community.

The Tennis Café

The Tennis Café is a small club which offers an impressively wide-ranging set of activity, such as their innovative mini tennis zone which includes an indoor tennis studio. They have the largest community programme in Sussex and a pioneering volunteer scheme with local agencies.

LTA Communities & Parks Award 2020 – National Shortlist

  • Addison Howard Park Tennis For Free in Bedfordshire
  • Cheslyn Hay Tennis in Staffordshire
  • LiveWire / Great Sankey Project in Cheshire
  • Kirsty Stobie and Alex Harkins in Edinburgh
  • Poole Park in Dorset
  • The Tennis Café in Sussex

To see a full list of winners from the LTA Tennis Awards 2020 click here.

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