Congratulations to Finley who has made Buckinghamshire's 8/U County Team. Finley is the first player Farnham Common Tennis Club has had represent the county for a number of years. Finley attends group lessons weekly as well as a private lesson. He attends the clubs holiday camps and has entered match plays and competitions over the past few years. Finely was part of Farmham Common Tennis Clubs 8/U team who won the Summer Aegon Bucks League in 2017.
We wish Finley all the best in his County training sessions in 2018.
9/10/17 The annual Bucks and Milton Keynes Awards in 2017 awarded Stephen Wright with a highly commended in the Community Coach of the Year Awards.
Coaching at Chalfont St. Peter Tennis Club is continuing to expand. Junior coaching numbers at the club have doubled over the Summer months and the junior membership has almost trippled! We have brought in the services of a new LTA level 2 coach, Tom Packman (pictured right), to assist with keeping up with demand at the club. The increase in members is partly down to the club re-surfacing 3 of its macadam courts in 2016 to a new tiger turf surface. This October 2017 the club is re-surfacing its 4th court to tiger turf as well. Chalfont St. Peter Tennis Club has a vibrant social programme on and off the court, the coaching programme runs throughout the year and includes term time coaching, holiday coaching as well as regular competitions. Birthday parties can be arranged as well!
New coache Paul Saunders to join ITC's team for the 2017 Summer season in South Buckinghamshire. Paul has a wealth of experience and is a highly qualified LTA level 4 coach.
Participation rates in Farnham Common, Stoke Poges and Chalfont St. Peter Tennis Clubs coaching programmes are growing and therefore we have appointed two licensed coaches to help us meet demand over the Summer season. For the coaches profiles and pictures please go to the coaches page of the website.
Community Coach of the year, sponsored by BP Collins Shortlisted nominees:
David Millett (Marshall Milton Keynes Athletics Club)
Dirk van der Merwe (Disability Karate Federation)
Stephen Wright (Stoke Poges LTC, Farnham Common TC & Chalfont St. Peter Tennis Club
Stephen Wright was nominated as Community Coach of the Year in the prestigious Bucks and MK Awards Nights at the Waterside Theatre. Sir Steven Redgrave also received an award at this event and is now in the Bucks and MK awards Hall of Fame.
Stephen was nominated due to the fact he has recently passed a BSc degree in Professional Practice in Tennis Coaching Management, is undertaking his LTA level 5 Master Club Coach course, has set up satellite outreach clubs at local schools in Buckinghamshire and is running Sportivate sessions at secondary schools in South Buckinghamshire which has resulted in increased participation in the area.
ITC Ltd was awarded the 'Provider of the Year Award' for increasing participation rates at schools linked with Farnham Common Tennis Club.
Over 100 participants took part in the coaching sessions which took place at Burnham Grammar, Beaconsfield High School and Chalfont Community College over the Summer of 2016.
The participants that took part were given the opportunity to attend free 6 week courses at the abovementioned schools. Players who took part in the sessions were invited to attend sessions at Farnham Common Tennis Club.
On the right hand side is a picture of Head Coach, Stephen Wright with the award which was presented to him through the county sports partnership, LEAP.
Stephen Wright has been asked to be an ambassador for the 2017 Kids For Free (formerly The Davis Cup Legacy Project) initiative. On Monday 24th October the Tennis For Kids 2017 application process will go live! Next year we want 20,000 new children to attend a TFK course. That's pretty huge! We'd love all coaches based in the U.K to be involved. Please help spread the word to encourage new coaches to sign up. 2016 coaches will be fast tracked through the application process but new coaches will need to submit a video or written statement. Start to talk to your venue/s about the programme to make sure they're on board. Keep an eye out for more info and link to signing up next week.
Here is some infomation regarding the Tennis For Free project:
Bigger and better in 2017Tennis For Kids is back, bigger and better than before. British Tennis’ aim is to get 20,000 kids, brand new to tennis, on a 6 week free tennis course next summer. Tennis For Kids launched in 2016 offering 10,000 children, aged 5-8, the opportunity to fall in love with tennis, on a course delivered by specially trained, fun and passionate coaches. The initiative was a great success reaching 13,000 kids and all of them took a brand new specially designed Davis Cup tennis racket home. Next year the courses will be open to kids brand new to tennis, and will be run between April and September. Further information on how to book and where the courses take place will be available early next year on this page and @BritishTennis. What you can expect?
A free 6 week course with a qualified LTA coach
A free racket to keep forever if you attend regularly
An opportunity for parents to get involved
An opportunity to keep playing at the venue after the course