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H&W LTA Tennis Awards

From Sunday 17th January, we will be detailing those clubs or people who have been shortlisted for Club of the Year, Coach of the Year (Development) and Volunteer of the Year Award.

Visit our Facebook page to see whose been nomintated.

H&W County Leagues - 31st December Update

Dear Clubs,

Following yesterday's announcement from the Government, you will be aware that various changes have been made to the Covid Tiers across Herefordshire and Worcestershire and surrounding areas.

As a significant number of clubs are now restricted in their ability to play league tennis, we have taken the decision to suspend the Herefordshire and Worcestershire County LTA leagues immediately for a period up to and including 31st January 2021.

For clarity, no matches should be played during this period.

We intend to review the situation in two weeks time, after which we will contact you with further information.

Given the latest changes to Tiers across the Country, we would strongly advise you to refer to the Tennis Activity By Tier Summary Grid on the LTA website in order to ensure that you comply with requirements at your club.

We appreciate that you will be disappointed that matches cannot be played at this time and we thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Kind regards,

Mike Howard
Chair, Senior Development Team

Fond farewell to H&W tennis ace

Clubs from across the county served up a special video farewell to H&W LTA chairman Richard Herriman who is standing down after 40 years sterling service to tennis in the county.  

The retired solicitor, who first came to Worcester in 1971, officially stepped down at last night's AGM (November 25) which was held via Zoom.

Jan Thomas, who heads H&W’s MarComms Team and produced the video, paid tribute to the great service given by Richard.  

“Richard has given an enormous amount of his time and energy to tennis in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, benefitting all our clubs, coaches and players,” said Jan.  

The specially recorded surprise video was played for Richard who admitted he was overwhelmed with the generous comments.

"It is sad that given the current COVID-19 situation, we were not able to give Richard the recognition that we would have liked in person, and which he very much deserves,” added Jan.  

“However, with old friends and tennis colleagues not being able to attend the AGM in person, we thought it would a nice gesture to film a short video with our thanks to Richard.”  

Richard was originally a member at the now closed Bromwich Lane Tennis Club in St Johns but now plays at Boughton Park Tennis Club.

The stalwart volunteer has been a key figure in a variety of roles since first joining H&W’s executive committee in 1980 where his unsung roles have seen him organize the annual presentation evening, set up and run county mixed leagues for many years and enjoy a long stint as chairman since taking the reins in 2002.  

Scores of H&W clubs saluted Richard with video messages while his wife Penny presented her husband with an engraved silver salver, champagne and garden vouchers on behalf of H&W LTA.

There was also a special message from LTA President David Rawlinson. 

"Volunteers are the lifeblood of our sport and your service to Hereford and Worcester LTA for so many years has been beyond exception,” he said. 

“There must have been so many people that have benefited from your volunteering and you should be immensely proud. 

“The skill, the time and effort you have given for so many years is truly outstanding and on behalf of Lord Davies, chairmen of the LTA, and Scott Lloyd, our CEO, and myself and everybody at the LTA, thank you so much for a lifelong service to tennis. Best wishes for the future." 

Richard also received a special surprise from Boughton Park Lawn Tennis Club where he was awarded Honorary Life Membership in recognition of his achievements. 

“I didn’t imagine when I announced last year that I was stepping down that my final AGM would be by Zoom, “said Richard. 

“The video was a wonderful surprise, and everyone was really generous in what they said. 

“It is a privilege to volunteer, and you get out what you put in and I have had a great deal of enjoyment from my time with H&W LTA. 

“When I first started, we had development officers and performance directors all employed by the LTA but in the last half a dozen years or so that has all changed. We have had to do it all ourselves within county which has increased the workload significantly and made it so important to get people involved and they have all rallied to play their part magnificently in promoting tennis in H&W.”

Richard, who hails from Caerphilly in South Wales, was destined to play tennis from a young age with a grass court in the family garden and regular family fours a staple of his childhood. 

He still plays tennis at Boughton but never had any formal coaching. 

“I remember once a member at Bromwich who I respected gave me some advice on where to stand on court and that was about it,” he said. 

“Another once said my forehand resembled throwing a bucket of water which I take as a compliment.”


UPDATE: Post-lockdown Regional Tiers (26 November)

Following the announcement that England will return to a system of tiered restrictions effective from 00:01 on Wednesday 2 December once the current lockdown period ends, the LTA has been in discussions with the Government to establish what the new restrictions mean for tennis.

The LTA have this published a new summary grid detailing what tennis activity can take place under each of the three tiers of restrictions, providing information for outdoor tennis, indoor tennis, venue facilities and travel.

Please note that we are awaiting confirmation on some details from Government – these aspects are noted in the grid and will be updated

Please refer to the LTA website for further information.

#WeatherTheCourt Campaign

The LTA are readying a great array of content to welcome players back to clubs and courts nationwide, once the lockdown restrictions lift.

The creative concept – #WeatherTheCourt – will give tennis players an incentive to hit the courts when the weather gets bad this winter.

Find out more and how to register for a webinar.

Tennis Opened Up at Kempsey Tennis Club

Over 2,000 extra court hours have been opened up for public pay and play at Kempsey Tennis Club following work to install a new smart access gate at the village venue, one of the first of its kind across the West Midlands.

The 2019 Herefordshire and Worcestershire LTA Club of the Year teamed up with the Lawn Tennis Association, as part of the governing body’s vision of 'Tennis Opened Up', which aims to drive up participation in the sport.

Kempsey accessed a £7,000 grant from the LTA for the work to fit a new smart access gate at the entrance to the club, which has been integrated with the lighting on each court and has resulted in over 2,000 extra court hours being made available each year for public pay and play.

Payment for use of the courts and lights is now taken at the time of booking on the club website by credit or debit card, with players receiving a unique PIN to enter through the access gate. During hours of darkness, the court lights switch on automatically at the start and end of play, making it easier for Kempsey’s 150 plus members and those who pay and play at the club to continue enjoying the sport during the winter months.

Club Chair Ed Bradford said: “We have seen exceptional take up of our community pay and play offer, with nearly 150 bookings from the public since May when we were able to re-open as a Covid secure facility. The award of the grant from the LTA is great news for Kempsey and means that we have been able to open up over 2,000 hours of extra pay and play court time for people in the village and across Worcester. The integration of the lighting system also makes it even easier for people to continue playing tennis throughout the winter months”.

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Pay and Play bookings at Kempsey start from just £4 per hour, with peak time evening sessions under lights charged at £9 per hour. To book a court visit Annual membership is also available, with mini junior membership starting from just £9 per year. 

Pershore Tennis Centre unveil new clay court

Pershore Tennis Centre are proud to unveil their latest outdoor facility improvement. They have turned an old unused hard court into an LED floodlight artificial clay court and would like to extend sincere gratitude to their members, Wychavon District Council and Persimmon Homes.

The renovation to court 5 has taken over 2 years to complete. The renovation was split into 2 parts while the necessary funds were raised. In March the LED floodlighting was installed and now the re-surfacing of the old hard court to a new artificial clay court is complete. Many thanks to club members for raising over £30,000, as well as to an £8,500 community grant from Wychavon District Council and a £1000 grant from Persimmon Homes.

This new court will add a much needed upgrade to the facilities at this very popular family club. With tennis participation up by 354% since lockdown Pershore Tennis Centre is seeing increasing demand for its courts.  Pershore Indoor Tennis Centre now has 5 all-weather floodlight outdoor courts: 3 artificial clay surfaces and 2 hard courts, plus 3 indoor courts with state of the art LED lighting.  Meaning tennis at Pershore truly is an all-weather, all-year round sport.

Cllr Rob Adams, Portfolio Holder for Strong Communities, Culture and Sport at Wychavon District Council, said: “We are very pleased to support Pershore Tennis Centre by providing a grant of £8,500 towards the renovation of court five. The Community Legacy Grant scheme aims to make a tangible and lasting difference to local communities. We hope residents of all ages enjoy this new addition for years to come.”

Club Chair, Sarah McCormick, agrees:

“Many thanks to all the club members that have kindly donated and been involved in our fund raising efforts for the past 2 years. We are extremely proud of this new addition and are very thankful to our loyal, generous members, Wychavon Community Loans and Persimmon Homes for making our plans come to fruition. Court 5 is now a fabulous court with an artificial clay surface and brand new LED lighting. Something to which we should all be very proud of.”

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Pershore is one of the most popular clubs in the County and looks forward to encouraging the local community to join in and see for themselves.

Volunteers' Week 2020


The H&W Longest Rally Challenge

In late April the H&W Tennis Community really came together in support of the inter-county Longest Rally Challenge against Tennis Oxfordshire.

We have been touched by the amount of support received from tennis families around H&W in picking up a racket, spade, inflatable banana, bottle, stick, ironing board, light sabre, frying pan, umbrella and anything else they could find to help us in this challenge.

There may not be any tennis happening at the moment but this didn’t stop YOU from taking part and hopefully having lots of fun.

It was a tough challenge and Tennis Oxfordshire really pushed hard on the final day, but it was H&W who narrowly took the victory 131 to Oxfordshire’s 127 and are crowned the 2020 Longest Rally Challenge Champions!




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