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Group of men at Riverside Tennis Club with Mohammad Yasin and David Rawlinson holding the framed award
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Bedford MP Mohammad Yasin joins LTA President for Riverside Tennis Club Presentation


Local MP, Mohammad Yasin joined LTA President, David Rawlinson to personally present Riverside Tennis Club with its 2021 National LTA Award.

The LTA Disability Award presentation took place on 22 July at Riverside Tennis Club and commended the club’s #NoBarriers programme, led by Neil Frankel, for its contribution to the local community.

The LTA Disability Award is great acknowledgement and testament to the hard work of the Riverside Tennis Club and Neil Frankel.

Neil and his team of volunteers have supported club members throughout lockdown and have been trailblazers for championing inclusion and excellent teamwork.

Bedford MP Mohammad Yasin said: 

“The LTA Disability Award is great acknowledgement and testament to the hard work of the Riverside Tennis Club and Neil Frankel.”

“The pivot to digital sessions that Neil was able to provide members of the #NoBarriers programme during lockdown was exceptional, and maintained the community feel and network that was much needed for many during a difficult time.

“I’m proud to present this award and personally thank Riverside Tennis Club and Neil Frankel for the great work they do within our community.”

#NoBarriers at Riverside forms part of the LTA's national Open Court disability tennis programme, which is one of the largest of its kind across any sport and has helped a record number of disabled people get on court and enjoy the benefits of tennis.

LTA President, David Rawlinson added: 

“The LTA Tennis Awards celebrate the achievements made by outstanding volunteers, coaches, officials, venues and players, who are all vital in helping us to grow the game.

“Neil and the team at Riverside Tennis Club epitomise this and are worthy winners of this award for their tireless work over the last year, and the continual delivery of the #NoBarriers programme during a very trying period.

“The past year has been challenging for everyone, but to see the tremendous positive contributions that Neil has made to the sport and to his local community is tremendously uplifting.”

Neil and the Riverside Tennis Club programme was hand-picked as one of 16 national winners recognised at the awards ceremony on 24 June which honoured individuals involved in tennis at grassroots, county, regional and national level.

Nominations were drawn from over 25,000 volunteers, nearly 5,000 coaches and 1,000 officials, 22,000 schools, nearly 3,000 clubs and over 9,000 LTA approved tournaments, with Neil recognised for his inspirational work in the Bedfordshire region.

To find out more about the LTA’s Open Court programme visit here.

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