Tennis award success
The prestigious award is given to the local authority that has shown a total commitment to the development of tennis within its area from grass routes through to performance.
Bath & North East Somerset Council was short listed for the award alongside three other local authorities – Hull City, St Alban’s City and District and North Tyneside Councils.
The final winner was decided by an on-line voting process which closed on Sunday, October 31.
Lynda Deane, Active Leisure Officer, said: “The Council’s Active Leisure Team along with Avon Lawn Tennis Association has spent a lot of time over the last year working with tennis clubs through the Bath & North East Somerset Tennis Development Group.
“This has lead to the formulation of a plan that satisfies the clubs’ own development as well as forming links with local schools.”
The Plan has led to the appointment of a Junior Tennis Co-ordinator for Bath & North East Somerset, which has been grant funded by the Council, who is responsible for the new Primary Prospects initiative which is being rolled out across all primary schools in the Authority from November 2004, starting with the East-Bath area.
Bath & North East Somerset’s Active Leisure Team also support the Tennis Director’s role at Oldfield Sports College again via grants and has worked with clubs, coaches and Avon LTA to provide a new performance structure and pathways that link all local club players and again sets aside funds to enhance opportunity for the talented.
This unique approach will apply for an Authority National Performance Club Accreditation shortly.
Barry Tugwood, Tennis Manager for Avon and Gloucestershire Lawn Tennis Association, said: “I am delighted that Bath & North East Somerset Council has won this award.
“It is just reward for the pro-active approach and partnership working they have consistently shown to enhance the Lawn Tennis Association’s Club Vision of ‘More Players and Better Players’.
“Bath & North East Somerset Council has significantly made a difference in so man areas of tennis development and performance. This award is thoroughly well deserved.”