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Pershore Tennis Centre hosted its first Wheelchair Tennis Open Day on Friday 24 November.  Tennis fanatics from around the County joined the team at Pershore Tennis Centre, to take part in the event.

Sarah McCormick, Club Chair at Pershore Tennis Centre said: “We were delighted to host our first Open Day for Wheelchair Tennis-players and are hoping to make it part of our regular programme of tennis at the Club. The team also welcomed Harry Ash – Disability Development Officer, The Tennis Foundation – who supported us in our event.”

Harry Ash added:  "It was great to see such a variety of people playing wheelchair tennis in Pershore. The club has done a fantastic job with setting the Open Day up and Pershore are leading the way in Worcestershire with their disability programme. The effort that goes into setting an Open Day like this up is certainly not something to be overlooked and shows the Centre's dedication to becoming a truly accessible and inclusive tennis club”.

Please do pop in and visit the award-winning Club, which boasts the Hereford and Worcestershire Lawn Tennis Association’s Coach of the Year, Disability Program of the Year, Junior Volunteer of the Year for the Club’s Junior Brad Smith, as well as being 'Highly Commended' Club of the Year and also one. If you are interested in playing tennis then please come up and see us, give us a call on 01386 556677 or check us out on line : or via Facebook : pershoretenniscentre/.

Charity Tournament @ Pershore Tennis Centre

Pershore Tennis Centre hosted its fourth annual charity tennis tournament in aid of the Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven on Wednesday 15 November. 

Forty ladies from many different clubs in the area took part, all dressed in pink, to support the Worcestershire charity, and £880 was raised.

Pershore Tennis Centre Charity Tournament 2017

Jane Warner, Tournament Director at Pershore Tennis Centre said: “We were delighted to welcome Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven’s Chair Fiona Charny during the lunchtime interval who talked about the charity and brought everyone up to date with where the charity is in Worcestershire.”

Fiona Charny added:  “Huge thanks to Pershore Tennis Centre for supporting us this year and for raising such a magnificent amount.  It is support from events like this around the community that makes such a significant difference to our overall fundraising and therefore impacts positively on the services we are able to offer to men and women with breast cancer in Worcestershire.”


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H&W celebrates its tennis heroes

Tennis heroes on and off the court were celebrated at Herefordshire & Worcestershire LTA annual awards ceremony staged at New Road, Worcester.

Victorious teams toasted success in the respective MANTIS Sport H&W Summer and Winter Leagues while stalwarts of the game were singled out for their efforts at grass roots.

Among the stalwarts to pick up awards under the umbrella of the British Tennis Awards was Elaine Ball of Droitwich Lido Park Tennis Courts.

Elaine was named the H&W Volunteer of the Year after running a campaign to refurbish the courts. 

HDA Redditch led by head coach Tony Ravenscroft collected the accolade for best venue, based on criteria such as coaching, opportunities to play and compete.

The club is also in the running to be awarded a national award, which could see them collect a £5,000 facility grant. 

Meanwhile Pershore Tennis Centre had three reasons to  cheer with Steve Bauer winning Coach of the Year, Bradley Smith named Young Volunteer of the Year and the centre also claiming a disability award.

Ginny Lowe from H&W County Office commented: “The standard of the entries was really high and we’d like to congratulate all of the winners for their achievement.

“The judges had a tough job to select winners due to the overwhelming contribution made at tennis venues across the county. It is heartening to award those who put so much effort behind offering great tennis opportunities for all in Herefordshire & Worcestershire.” 

The awards are a joint initiative between The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the Tennis Foundation, partner and 40 County/national tennis associations, including H& W.

The awards recognise and champion the people who deliver tennis in communities across Great Britain. 

The local winners are: 

  • Volunteer Award – Elaine Ball, Droitwich Lido Park Tennis Courts 
  • Young Volunteer Award –  Bradley Smith, Pershore Tennis Centre                                     
  • Coach Award – Steve Bauer, Pershore Tennis Centre 
  • Club Award – H D A Redditch 
  • Disability award – Pershore Tennis Centre 

The winners now go through to a regional judging panel with regional winners announced in April. The national ceremony will be held in London in June/July 2018. 

WLTC do battle in Mallorca

The Men's Over 35 team from Worcester Lawn Tennis Club did battle on the clay in the 2017 European Senior Club Championships after winning the national event.

The team of Jonathan Bradshaw, Allen Benbow, Phil Newbury and Nick Aylett represented club, county and country during the week long event.

A very well done to you all!



The SEP Group H&W County Closed Championships Review

Teenage duo Felix Gill and Alex Maggs were among the star performers at the SEP Group Herefordshire & Worcestershire County Closed at Manor Park.

The duo took five titles between them while Felix was also named H&W boys player of the year.

A week of action which began with 153 competitors chasing glory across all age groups culminated in some exciting tennis at the Malvern club watched by H&W LTA president Ian King who was on hand to present all the trophies.

A total of 411 matches were played across he week with age groups as young as seven.

Meanwhile the H&W Boys Player of the Year went to Felix Gill and the Girls Player of the Year went to Caoimhe Guppy. 

Team of the Year went to the Men’s Summer County Cup Team who gained promotion for the second year running.   The team was Charlie Crisp Captain, Alex Parker, Ryan Gaskin, Rob Lowe, Jamie Marks, Oliver Nunn, Mike Langston, Callum Treasurer. 

Richard Herriman, chairman of H&W LTA, added: “Many people give their time to enable this event to run. Our thanks go to Manor Park Club and its staff for hosting the event and particularly Chris Barr Hamilton and his team for the catering and café facilities. 

“This event was again organised and refereed by Ed Bradford who did an excellent job as always.  We are extremely grateful to him for his time and efficient and cheerful running of the tournament. Thanks also to all his helpers and to all the coaches and parents for their support of the players.”

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