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Mark Bullock receives Development Coach of the Year Award from MP Sarah Olney

Bullock was announced as the recipient of the award at the LTA Tennis Awards virtual Ceremony on 24 June, with the presentation last Friday, the perfect opportunity for Olney and Rawlinson to congratulate him personally.

Tennis coach Mark Bullock was presented with his LTA Tennis Award for Development Coach of the Year last Friday (20 August) from MP for Richmond Park, Sarah Olney and LTA President, David Rawlinson at Sheen Common.

Bullock was announced as the recipient of the award at the LTA Tennis Awards virtual Ceremony on 24 June, with the presentation last Friday, the perfect opportunity for Olney and Rawlinson to congratulate him personally.

He was recognised for his inspirational on-court delivery and nurturing the next generation of tennis players. He adapted innovatively to the demands of the Covid-19 pandemic, made tennis more welcoming and accessible and demonstrated key values such as teamwork and leadership in his wide-ranging role.

The time, attention and dedication that Mark puts into opening tennis up to his local tennis community is truly inspiring.

Bullock has helped blaze a trail for disability sport at Sheen Park Tennis, delivered pop up tennis for the homeless in Hammersmith and was part of a coaching team that delivered a face-to-face Wheelchair Tennis Camp at Lee Valley following a series of online sessions.

The LTA Tennis Awards celebrate the achievements and contributions of outstanding tennis volunteers, coaches, officials, venues and players across the country, and Bullock was hand-picked as one of 16 national winners recognised at the awards ceremony, which honoured individuals involved in tennis at grassroots, county, regional and national level.

Bullock is a pioneer in the delivery of inclusive tennis. He coaches wheelchair, visually impaired and learning disability tennis sessions and during lockdown he produced tennis related content for YouTube and social media channels, as well as appearing on several podcasts.

Sarah Olney said: “Through his coaching, Mark has made an incredible impact on the lives of so many people across London.

“Not only is he coaching the next generation of tennis stars, but he has also demonstrated real inclusivity through his pop-up sessions for the homeless and his work on disability tennis. 

“This award is a testament to the work Mark has done and I was delighted to be at Sheen Common to present it to him myself.”

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LTA President, David Rawlinson said: “The time, attention and dedication that Mark puts into opening tennis up to his local tennis community is truly inspiring.

“His devotion to coaching tennis and ensuring it is accessible and inclusive to all participants, especially throughout lockdown, shows how important he is for tennis across London, and why he is a such a worthy winner of the Development Coach of the Year Award.”

To find out more about the LTA Awards, please click here.