Nominations open for the LTA Tennis Awards for 2024
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Nominations for the LTA Tennis Awards 2024, which highlight, acknowledge and reward the incredible achievements and contributions to tennis of people across Britain over the last year, are now open.
Launched in 2015 with the help of former LTA president Cathie Sabin OBE, the LTA Tennis Awards celebrate the many thousands of inspirational individuals involved in tennis, dedicating their precious time and energy to the continual development and growth of the sport. Over the past eight years, the awards have illustrated the depth of service and talent within the tennis community across Britain and served as an inspiration to others to volunteer, coach, officiate or to play tennis.
The awards also highlight the talent across the tennis community in Britain, which includes 25,000 volunteers, 6,400 coaches and more than 1,000 officials. They also showcase the incredible achievements of some 12,610 schools, 2,354 clubs and over 9,500 LTA approved tournaments. The contribution of these individuals and venues helps to bring fans and players closer to the game we all love.
Last year, winners were judged from over 2,600 public nominations, and this year we are hoping to break the 3,000 barrier.
Nominate a tennis hero
Nominations are open from 1 October until 30 November 2023 and can be submitted via an online from below:
There are 14 publicly nominated award categories to choose from, covering both individual and collective recognition.
- Lifetime Achievement Award
- Volunteer of the Year
- Rising Star (Young Person) Award
- Development Coach of the Year
- Performance Coach of the Year
- Club of the Year
- Connecting Communities Award
- Park Venue Award
- School of the Year
- University of the Year
- Official of the Year
- Competition of the Year
- Tennis For All (Inclusion) Award
- President’s Award
Criteria for each category has been set to give those nominating clear guidance to follow. Nominees will be judged at a county level, with winners going through to the regional finals. The regional winners make up the LTA Tennis Awards National finalists.
There are also tips and advice on writing a good nomination for submission.
LTA Volunteering Manager, Alex Beaumont, said: “The LTA Tennis Awards are our way of thanking and celebrating the diverse range of individuals across Britain who provide such a valuable contribution to tennis from grassroots through to the elite level.
“The standard from last year was incredible with amazing nominations and stories coming from the length and breadth of the country. The LTA Tennis Awards provides the opportunity to recognise the individuals, clubs and venues across the country that have done so much for our sport and helped further open it up to people of all backgrounds during this period.
“I would encourage counties to recognise those that are most deserving of an award nomination. We wish everyone all the very best of luck. Get your nominations started now!”
Last year, the LTA crowned 27 national winners, including Cam Norrie as Male Player of the Year, Harriet Dart as Female Player of the Year with Alfie Hewett as Wheelchair Player of the Year. Whilst up and coming GB wheelchair player Ben Bartram was named Junior Wheelchair Player of the Year on the back of his amazing performances and his drive to raise awareness of disability sport.
We celebrated the grassroots heroes of tennis too, including Paula White (Volunteer of the Year) for her outstanding contributions in turning around her club in Ifield - thanks to the incredible work of Paula, the Crawley-based facility has a new lease on life.
Les Mellor from Brentwood Tennis Club (Lifetime Achievement Award) was recognised for his efforts over 30 years, championing tennis at the grassroots.
Alessia Palmieri was named the LTA Development Coach of the Year for her work in attracting and developing Scottish talent at the one court club in Fossoway, near Kinross.
While East Bergholt fought off very stiff competition to lift the highly coveted trophy for Club of the Year and for leading the way in making tennis inclusive for all.
Who will be lifting the trophies next year? Over to you. Get your nominations in now!