It seemed fitting that the award was presented by Ian King who is President of the H&W LTA and past President of the LTA as Ian opened the new Clubhouse in 2000. We have a come a long way in those nine years and the committee is confident we can continue to improve.
As chairman Rob Spencer commented it has been a remarkable 12 months in Wythall Tennis Club’s history. Our achievement is an example to any rural tennis club what can be achieved. In essence we offer everyone the chance to play tennis while borrowing a racket from us until they decide if the sport is for them.
A critical part of the award was the clubs work in providing tennis to the community at a realistic price. A club coach ran an after school club at Woodrush Secondary School during the summer with the club providing tennis balls for the lessons and other coaching equipment if required. At the Coppice Primary School there was a different challenge for the club. With facilities after school at a premium an after school course was not an option. This was solved by a coach from the club coaching tennis in curriculum time as a PE lesson. Any expenses incurred by the coach were covered by the tennis club. This initiative began in April and ran until half term in October. From these lessons many children began to attend the Saturday pay and play sessions.
The club now have 2 junior club nights a week coaching mini red – orange – green and improvers. Non members are welcome but pay a small surcharge and these are well attended. If anyone is interested please contact Kevin Turner on 01564 200282. The courses start again in February.
An example of how popular these initiatives have been was confirmed when the extended schools coordinator if from our attendance forms the club could quantify how many juniors from the local schools play at the club. This included non members who attended pay and play plus junior nights. The total was 83 which is proof the programme is working.
Roll on 2010!