University of Bath named ‘University of the Year’ at LTA Tennis Awards

30/07/2020

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The University of Bath’s hard work on and off the court has seen them scoop the ‘University of the Year’ award at the 2020 LTA Tennis Awards.

One of 18 national winners, the institute bagged the accolade from the governing body for tennis in Britain on account of its efforts promoting and supporting the sport through 2019.

Currently in their fifth year, the LTA Tennis Awards celebrate the achievements made by outstanding tennis volunteers, coaches, officials, venues and players in Britain.

Bath has more than 500 students playing each week and a huge outreach programme. They lead the way in sharing best practice, and work hard to ensure a thriving tennis environment in outstanding facilities.

And a hugely successful year continued with the university staging the professional Fed Cup, Britain’s first home tie in nearly 30 years, in an event which included a vast range of community activities.

A unanimous choice for the award, the University of Bath were presented their award in a virtual ceremony by British tennis player Jonny O’Mara, himself having been part of the LTA University programme during his time at the University of Stirling.

It’s a huge boost for our future as well, we’re all about the welfare of students and athletes, mental health and wellbeing, and this can be used as a catalyst and an indicator of the role we can play at Bath.

Speaking about Bath's award win, Director of Tennis at Bath University Barry Scollo commented:

“We’re incredibly proud of winning this award, it’s huge recognition and support from the LTA for our programme, which we really appreciate.The most important thing for me is the Fed Cup, which was a massive cherry on the icing on the cake.

All the hard work that has gone on every day, from the coaches and administrative staff, that has all been rewarded with this award and I’m very proud of them all. This is all about the day-to-day work as well as the Fed Cup, which was an amazing event.

It’s a tremendous accolade for a hard-working team, it’s fantastic. It’s a huge boost for our future as well, we’re all about the welfare of students and athletes, mental health and wellbeing, and this can be used as a catalyst and an indicator of the role we can play at Bath."

Currently in their fifth year, the LTA Tennis Awards celebrate the achievements made by outstanding tennis volunteers, coaches, officials, venues and players in Britain.

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 the University of Bath 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.”

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

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