The 2017 annual junior presentation evening celebrates youth tennis development

The 2017 annual junior presentation evening celebrates youth tennis development along with Lance Haggith, Founder of the charity, Sports Traider.

2017 Annual Junior Presentation Evening - Group

Some of the winning juniors and their trophies.

Saturday evening the 4th March saw a great gathering at Abbey Hill Golf Club 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 guest of honour, who presented the evenings awards was Lance Haggith. Winner of the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Unsung Hero award and Founder of Sports Traider, a youth based charity that assist disadvantaged children to fulfil their sporting aspirations.    

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, in the schools satellite programme as well as the success of the ‘schools and girls tennis development’, which saw visits to a number of schools to promote the sport. In the Aegon Team Tennis, the 12&U Boys A Team won the Bucks Division 1. With the other teams all performing well. 9&U, 3rd in Div 2; 10&U, 4th in Div 1; 12&U Boys B Team, 2nd in Div 2; 14&U Boys A Team, 3rd in Div 1; 14&U Boys B Team, 3rd in Div 2 and 16U Boys, 3rd in Div 1. A great platform on which to build.

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. The fantastic facility development in recent years is a real testament to junior development growth

Simon Burn, Club Chairman, thanked everyone who had been involved in the development of the junior programme,  expressing his joy at the partnership, now in its sixth year with  the Tennis Works team.  He said, ‘We have the best coaching team in the region. This, coupled with the excellent facilities is bearing such fruit, attracting new members to the club, raising the playing standards and encouraging players to just enjoy the environment and spend time at the club’.

Lance Haggith, echoed this sentiment and said what a progressive and developing club Stony was and how it encouraged such a friendly environment with first rate facilities, and all this was made possible by the many volunteers who helped. Lance shared how the Stony tennis family could help disadvantaged children achieve their sporting desires by donating old clothing and equipment to his charity, Sports Traider.

Lance presented the Player of the year awards for each age group to:

  • 8&U     Joe Taylor
  • 9&U     Haydn Feakin
  • 10&U   Ashton Gallimore
  • 12&U   Johnny Brown
  • 14&U   Umar Gull
  • 16&U   Aidan Varela

Additionally, two Inspiration awards, recognising hard work, dedication and attitude in individuals went to the following:

  • Mini Tennis Inspiration Award           Eva Ladyman
  • Junior Tennis Inspiration Award         George Reed

2017 Tennis Works Player of the Year Emily MarshallThe Tennis Works Player of the Year award went to Emily Marshall. She is a great talent. Being attentive, determined and exceptionally focused. She represented Bucks in the County Cup, was runner-up in the Country Close for her age group. She has competed more than any other player, successfully winning on many occasions.

Lance Haggith towards the end of the evening said. ‘This event shows how important the club and Tennis Works is to everyone, and what you offer’.