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12U 12 Counties, 1 December 2019

Captains Luke Pettit (Captain) and Lucy Sanders (Assistant)
Team Alfie Mills, Toby Ward, Jack Bulbul, Christian Vatahov, Lilia Mico, Macy Denney-Richards, Ruth Teale, Oliwia Sztorc
Venue Corby

Have a read of Captain Luke Pettit's report from last weekend.

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New H&W County Logo

Inline with the LTA's rebranding exercise all County associations followed suit with their own specific logos. Below is the new one for H&W!

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Many thanks to Geoff Smith from www.mosaique.co.uk for putting ours together.

 

Pershore's pink ladies raise £800 for charity

Pershore Tennis Centre hosted its fifth annual charity tennis tournament in aid of the Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven on Wednesday 20 November. 

40 ladies from different clubs in the area took part, all dressed in pink, to support the Worcestershire charity, and £800 was raised.

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The Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven (WBUH) is the local breast cancer charity, raising funds for the women and men of Worcestershire and their breast care needs.  The aims are for WBUH to provide, at no cost to those in need, emotional, physical and practical support through the invaluable services of Breast Cancer Haven, who offer a programme of complementary therapies including counselling, hypnotherapy, dietary advice, acupuncture and lymphedema massage.

Jane Warner, Tournament Director at Pershore Tennis Centre said: “It’s wonderful to see our annual event going from strength to strength and supporting this amazing local charity. I’m thrilled that we brought together 40 ladies from around the county, and further afield, gathering to raise money for the Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven charity”.

Fiona Charny, Charity Chair and Trustee added: “We are absolutely delighted for the continued support of Pershore Tennis Centre’s ladies.  The Annual Tournament is an event we look forward to attending each year, it is wonderful to see everyone come together in their pink tennis clothes and to help raise funds for us as the local breast cancer charity.”

10U 12 Counties, 16 November 2019

Captains Steve Barnett (Captain) and Lucy Sanders (Assistant)
Team Callum Hooper, Henry Foster, Tom Griffiths, Harry Emmett, Sofie Glinos, Madeline Walsh, Lyla Hadley, Kiah Probert
Venue Corby

                
Our first match was against Nottinghamshire, with the girl’s line-up as Sofie Glinos at 1, Madeline Walsh at 2, Lyla Hadley at 3 and Kiah Probert at 4. The boys started with Callum Hooper at 1, Henry Foster at 2, Tom Griffiths at 3 and Harry Emmett at 4.

Sofie had a tough match losing in straight sets to a strong Notts number 1. Madeline played some fantastic tennis to beat her opponent at 2. Lyla fought hard in her match at 3 to beat her opponent 10-8 in the third set tiebreak and Kiah powered us into a 3-1 win!

Read Steve Barnett's full report.

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An initiative to serve up more sessions for visually impaired tennis players is proving a smashing success in Malvern.

The fortnightly sessions take place at Manor Park Tennis Club indoors on Monday evenings and are part of Herefordshire & Worcestershire LTA’s efforts to grow and promote the game.

The visually impaired (VI) version of the game is played on a smaller court than usual, with a lower net.

An audible ball is used to players can hear it bounce and depending on level of sight, are allowed up to three bounces before returning.

Droitwich Tennis Club’s Neil Bates, who is H&W’s lead coordinator for disability tennis in the two counties and organises the sessions with Dan Pycock, is encouraging more players to get involved.

“Tennis is such a fantastic game and everyone gets such a lot out of it – from the playing of the game to the social side of regularly meeting up and having fun,” said Neil.

“The Malvern visually impaired group continues to develop with sessions taking place every two weeks on a Monday evening.

"Supported by the county, and volunteer led, everyone who started in the summer had never played at all and are absolutely loving the game and continue to improve.”

If anyone would anyone would like to find out more please contact Neil at neilbates1963@sky.com

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Pic: Neil Bates, left in yellow, with some of the players who take in the VI sessions at Manor Park.

Annual awards a smashing success

Herefordshire & Worcestershire LTA celebrated its very own tennis aces at its annual awards ceremony at Worcestershire’s County Cricket Ground.

Among those receiving accolades were Pershore Tennis Centre’s Steve Bauer for his pioneering programme delivering tennis to people with disabilities.

Also celebrating were Tina Manning, named coach of the year, and Droitwich’s Hazel Briggs who won a lifetime achievement award while Cutnall Green’s Jan Thomas was volunteer of the year and Hallow’s Daniel Pycock was young volunteer of the year.

The full list of 2019 H&W County Award winners is as follows:-
• Club of the Year – Kempsey Lawn Tennis Club
• Coach of the Year – Tina Manning, Boughton Park Lawn Tennis Club
• Volunteer of the Year – Jan Thomas, Cutnall Green Tennis Club
• Young Volunteer of the Year – Daniel Pycock, Hallow Tennis Club
• Disability Award – Pershore Tennis Centre
• Lifetime Achievement Award – Hazel Briggs, Droitwich Tennis Club
• Highly Commended Awards – Boughton Park Lawn Tennis Club, Ross Tennis Centre and Emma Bowen

Big thanks go to HEAD Tennis UK for their continued support and sponsorship of H&W leagues, providing the prizes and especially to Andy Catchpole for presenting all the league winners trophies.

Thanks also to Di and Alan Cope from Cane Furniture Studio who are our County Closed sponsors and Dave Vaughan from County Sports Hagley Ltd who kindly donated a smashing raffle prize.

Special thanks go to event organiser Charlotte Bradford and finally thanks to Jan Thomas and Ginny Lowe for organising the trophies, Richard Herriman and Ian king for announcing and presenting the County Awards and to Ed Bradford for announcing all the league winners.

16U 12 Counties, 13 October 2019

Captains Tony Ravenscroft (Captain) and James McDonald (Assistant)
Team Stuart Shannon, Joe Hart, James Stanford, Sam Rayner, Paulina Jurkowska, Latesha Grant, Josie Ward and Caoimhe Guppy
Venue Corby

                
The Herefordshire & Worcestershire 16u team took on Notts, Cambs and Beds in the 12 Counties event held at Corby. This was the first age group to compete this winter with the other age groups competing between November and March.

The first tie was against Notts.

The boys got off to a good start. Stuart Shannon did a great job keeping his opponent Daniel Wright at bay winning more of the baseline battles and won 4-2, 4-1.

Read Tony Ravenscroft's full report.

16U Corby Team

LTA Visually Impaired Tennis Festival

Worcester was delighted to be asked to hold a tennis festival for visually impaired youngsters which took place last weekend.

Hosted at David Lloyd Worcester, who went above and beyond to look after everyone.

Players came from as far away as Cambridge to join in the fun, organised by Neil Bates and led on court by coaches Tina Manning & Steve Bauer, supported by a team of incredible volunteers.

The day encouraged youngsters, some of whom had never held a racket before, to get stuck in and enjoy our sport.

An amazing day for everyone involved.

 

 

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