The Stony Stratford Tennis Club and Tennis Works Annual Presentation Evening 2014

Stony Stratford Tennis Club and Tennis Works celebrates youth tennis development

The 2014 SSLTC and Tennis Works Junior Presentation Evening

Some of the winning juniors and their trophies along with (back row) Sebastian Callcut (Tennis Works), Simon Burn (Club Chairman), Andrew Petherick (Bucks LTA Chairman), Dele Alli (Milton Keynes Dons FC), Melvyn Jones & John Cavill (Tennis Works).

Sunday evening saw a great gathering at the Cock Hotel in Stony Stratford for the annual Tennis Works and Stony Stratford Tennis Club Junior presentation evening. Children and parents, committee members, supporters and guests packed out the event to celebrate the past year’s development and achievement of the juniors at the club.

The guests of honour, who presented the evenings awards were Andrew Petherick, Chairman of Bucks LTA and Dele Alli, the rising star of Milton Keynes Dons FC.

The day had already got off to a great start with over 70 children playing in a Matchplay and Mini Tennis Festival that afternoon and many rushed straight on to this event, still dressed for tennis.

John Cavill of Tennis Works and Director of Tennis at Stony began proceedings by applauding the growth of the junior programme both at the club and in the schools satellite programme as well as the success in winning the 14&U Knockout Cup and the 14&U and 12&U Boys League. He thanked the support and involvement of the parents and the club in providing the environment which encouraged such growth and development of young children and juniors.

Andrew Petherick echoed this sentiment and said what a progressive and developing club Stony was and how it encouraged such a friendly family environment with first rate facilities that would get better and better, and all this was made possible by the many volunteers who helped.

Dele Alli then held an open question and answer session in which the children and John Cavill put him on the spot. He said how dedication and commitment to your chosen sport was so important and gave a wonderful insight into his own journey from a junior to the MK Dons first team. We also learnt he was a Chelsea fan and his role model was Steven Gerrard!
Andrew and Dele presented the awards, which went to:
Player of the year for each age group:

  • 8&U     Johnny Brown
  • 9&U     Louis Walters
  • 10&U   Umar Gull
  • 12&U   Emily Honor
  • 14&U   Josh Stapleton

The Tennis Works Grand Slam Winter League, which sees people compete with people of a similar ability, regardless of age with competitors ranging from 7 years old to men’s team players was won by Alex Amodio. Johnny Brown was runner up with Jack Field in 3rd place.

The Tennis Works Player of the Year award went to Emily Honor for the third year. Emily arrived just as her name was announced, having rushed back from a tournament in Birmingham, what timing!

Simon Burn, Club Chairman, thanked everyone who had been involved in the development of the junior programme, particularly John and the Tennis Works team. He also posed an interesting challenge to all the children present, by asking them to tell him which five children on the junior honours board at Stony, have gone on to represent England or GB nationally in their chosen sport. Why not visit us to see if you know?

Emily Honor receives her Tennis Works Player of the Year awardAndrew Petherick (Chairman of Bucks LTA) and Dele Alli (Milton Keynes Dons FC) presenting Emily Honor with the Tennis Works Player of the Year award.

 

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