British Tennis Awards: Education and disability tennis programmes to be recognised

British Tennis Awards: Education and disability tennis programmes to be recognised

Over the past few months tennis clubs, venues and programmes have been celebrating success at their annual County awards, as part of the overall British Tennis Awards. Tomorrow sees the next stage of the process as the regional winners are announced.

Across each of the 10 categories, winners will be selected for the North, Midlands, East, South East, and South West regions. These winners, alongside those from Tennis Scotland and Tennis Wales, will go forward to national judging, with the overall winners in each category being invited to Wimbledon to receive their awards.

The British Tennis Awards celebrate the achievements made by outstanding individuals and venues in British Tennis throughout the past year. They present British tennis as a whole with a great opportunity to say thank you to everyone in the schools, clubs, parks and community venues within England, Scotland and Wales who give so much to our sport.

British Tennis includes the many thousands of inspirational individuals involved in tennis, dedicating their precious time and energy; 25,000 volunteers, 4,400 coaches and 940 officials. The awards highlight the incredible achievements of some 20,000 schools, 2,700 clubs and over 9,700 LTA approved tournaments. The extraordinary contribution of these individuals and venues helps to bring fans and players closer to the game we all love.

Being recognised through the British Tennis Awards is a special achievement. Congratulations from the Tennis Foundation to everyone who has won a County award, and especially to those relating to the work we do delivering tennis to disabled people, young people in education, and young people in urban and disadvantaged communities – your contribution to British tennis is hugely appreciated!

For more details on the British Tennis Awards click here, and to find out the regional winners follow British Tennis’ social channels tomorrow.

The County winners for the Disability Award and the Education Award as listed below – good luck to all!

DISABILITY AWARD

This award is for a venue or a programme across venues which:

• has provided quality accessible and affordable opportunities for more people with a disability to play, volunteer or work in tennis – taking either a pan-disability approach or an impairment specific one.
• has grown the number of participants over the past year and provided excellent customer service to participants
• has provided a safe and inclusive environment that caters for all ages, abilities and backgrounds
• has demonstrated innovation and use of technology to grow and develop the programme

Last year’s overall winner was Grantham Tennis Club. This year’s County winners in contention for the 2018 Disability Award are:

Bedfordshire
No Barriers – Riverside LTC

Cambridgeshire
The Cambridge Festival of Inclusive Tennis

Cheshire
Wirral Disability Network

Derbyshire
Chesterfield

Devon
Double Bounce

Durham & Cleveland
Tees Valley Sound Tennis

Essex
Core Arts – Laura-Jane Connolly

Gloucestershire
Oxstalls Tennis Ability

Hants & IOW
Winchester Tennis Disability Initiative

Herefordshire & Worcestershire
Pershore Tennis Centre

Hertfordshire
Langley Tennis Club

Kent
Bromley Tennis Centre

Lancashire
Disability Racker Sports

Leicestershire
Desford Lawn Tennis Club

Lincolnshire
Grantham TC

Middlesex
Highgate Tennis Club

Norfolk
East Anglia Tennis and Squash Club

Nottinghamshire
The Disability Tennis Programme in partnership between the Tennis Centre and Activeace

Oxfordshire
White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre

Shropshire
Learning Disability Group, Telford Tennis Centre

Suffolk
Ipswich Sports Club

Surrey
Sutton Tennis Academy

Sussex
Adam Field

Warwickshire
Simon Lancaster

Wiltshire
Delta TC Swindon

Yorkshire
York Disability Tennis Network

Scotland
Prestwick Tennis & Fitness

Wales
Cardiff Metropolitan University

EDUCATION AWARD

This award is for a school, college or university which:

• has, in the past year, offered a significant and varied tennis programme of coaching and competitions for a large proportion of students or pupils of all abilities.
• offers students or pupils the chance to develop their life and/or employability skills through tennis, by offering courses such as Tennis Leaders, Coaching Assistant, Competition Organisers and/or Coaching Qualification courses.
• has successful and sustainable links with the local community and/or local tennis venues

Last year’s overall winner was Cardinal Newman RC School. This year’s County winners in contention for the 2018 Education Award are:

Bedfordshire
Bedford Girls School

Berkshire
Claire’s Court School

Cambridgeshire
Parkside Secondary School

Cheshire
Woodchurch High School

Derbyshire
University of Derby

Devon
Westward Ho! Ratings & Rankings

Durham & Cleveland
Acklam Whin Primary School

Essex
Calverton Primary School

Gloucestershire
Balcarras School

Hants & IOW
Sandown Bay Academy

Hertfordshire
Stuart Turkentine

Kent
Deal Parochial CE Primary School

Lancashire
Liverpool John Moores

Leicestershire
Loughborough University

Lincolnshire
Alan Grantham & Wolds School Sports Partnership

Middlesex
Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls

Norfolk
Thorpe St Andrew High School

Northamptonshire
Prince William School

Northumberland
Kings Priory School

Nottinghamshire
University of Nottingham

Oxfordshire
Oxford University

Shropshire
Ellemsere College

Staffordshire
Walsall College

Suffolk
Birchwood Tennis Club

Surrey
University of Surrey

Sussex
Bede’s

Warwickshire
Matthew Tew

Wiltshire
South Wilts Grammar School for Girls

Yorkshire
Boston Spa Academy Tennis Centre

Wales
Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg