Press Release – Local Club Wins Prestigious County Award
7th April 2016
Local Tennis Club recognised for development and progress
Hutton and Shenfield Tennis Club have been recognised by the Essex Lawn Tennis Association (Essex LTA) as their County Club of the Year Winner of the Aegon British Tennis Award.
The Aegon British Tennis Awards are a celebration of the people and places that deliver participation and competition. The LTA, Tennis Foundation and Aegon launched the awards in September 2015 to say ‘thank you’.
The Awards are a way of celebrating the 25,000 volunteers who provide their time for free to support the game of tennis, increasing opportunities to play, compete and perform.
The Awards recognise great work at county, regional and national level with prizes awarded to the winners at each stage. The national winners will be invited to a star-studded ceremony in London in June 2016 to recognise their achievements.
Hutton and Shenfield were recognised specifically for their work in the community, promoting the game of tennis, allowing free fun days at the club supporting our local church open days and also promoting and supporting a local Breast Cancer Charity.
LTA President Cathie Sabin, who has championed the opportunity to thank tennis volunteers, launched the Awards. “If it wasn’t for the selfless efforts of the people who run the clubs, centres and parks we simply would not be able to offer tennis to everyone who would like to play,” Cathie commented. “I have long believed that everyone who helps to deliver, develop and promote British Tennis should be thanked, acknowledged and rewarded for everything they do on our behalf.”
Ian Gunn, Chairman of Hutton and Shenfield Tennis Club said, “This award is a fantastic achievement and recognition for all the hard work the committee, coaches and members of the club have put in over the course of the year. Despite a national trend of reduction in the level of interest in tennis, our club continues to thrive and add new members.”
Hutton and Shenfield Tennis Club:
Established in 1919 and with around 150 adult and 100 junior members using five Astroturf courts the Hutton and Shenfield Tennis Club is a thriving local sports facility. With four floodlit courts, the club and courts can be found on Brockley Grove at the junction with Roundwood Avenue located next the Hutton and Shenfield Union Church.
The club caters for various standards, from those interested in serious match play to those happy with just social tennis. The club aims to promote an environment in which everyone enjoys their tennis at a fantastic location.
The club participates in many leagues catering for different levels of play, with Ladies, Mens, Mixed and Veterans matches throughout the year. Also club tournaments are very popular plus social tennis during the day and in the evening.
For juniors, aged 4 to 18, there are a range of activities. Junior coaching takes place every weekday from 3pm to 7pm and Saturday mornings from 9am to 12noon and players are graded based on age and standard. Also, there are fantastic camps that run during the school holidays.
All the courts are kept to a very high standard with good facilities, balls and training equipment.
Hutton and Shenfield Tennis Club