Hats off to the volunteers

This week we are celebrating all our tennis volunteers!

Last year's British Tennis Awards saw numerous amazing people across Shropshire nominated for their contribution to tennis in the county.

Over the week we will share all of the nominees and a little information as to why they are so valued by clubs, coaches, players and parents alike right here on this page! #volunteerthankyou 


Clive Knight – Oswestry Team Tennis

Clive has tirelessly and unselfishly for many years inspired young and old to take up the game and then play more often. Largely responsible for the formation of Oswestry Team Tennis one of the largest junior clubs in the country. Clive organises coaching, competitions and events and is the Inspiration behind the Oswestry Community Games which he has organised (almost single handily) for many years. In Oswestry Clive “is known as Mr Tennis”.



Ray Fletcher from Albrighton Tennis Club

Ray was nominated for a British Tennis Award in 2018. Ray is 90 years old and plays tennis regularly 3 times a week. “Ray has played tennis forever” being described as a “tennis legend” and a “true gentleman”. Ray has encouraged many people from all
walks of life to become part of the family of tennis. For several years Ray acted as Chief Steward for the National Championships at Telford where he organised a whole army of volunteers to ensure the event ran smoothly.



Eric Barker from Albrighton Tennis Club

Eric was nominated for a British Tennis Award because he has always had time to encourage people to play tennis. Eric’s dedication to juniors in terms of organising coaching and competitions for them is well known in the club. A serving committee member for over 25 years Eric is so popular he has a court named after him. Eric still plays at the age of 87.



David Rawlings from Cound & District Tennis Club

David was nominated for a British Tennis Award for without him Cound TC would not have prospered like it has over the last 40 years. David has spent his life encouraging others to participate in tennis, whether on court coaching juniors and involving them in competitions, physically maintaining the shale courts or through the many roles he has held on the club committee.



Amy Dannatt from The Shrewsbury Club

Amy was nominated for, and won, the Shropshire Young Volunteer Tennis Award in 2018. Amy had become an integral part of The Shrewsbury Club; she had passed both her level 1 & 2 qualification and taken responsibility for organising the club socials at the club. Amy led the tennis camp team over the summer holidays which saw over 500 children participate in tennis activities and has proficiently run a number of mini tennis competitions for children all around Shropshire.

Amy has become an extremely popular member of the team at The Shrewsbury Club with players, parents & other coaches all recognising the impact she has had on tennis in not just the club but the wider county.



Pat Clarke from Broseley Tennis Club who won the 2018 County and Regional Volunteer of the Year!

Shropshire’s Pat Clarke has been selected as a regional winner in this year’s British Tennis Awards.

One of 10 category winners when Tennis Shropshire held its annual awards ceremony in November, Pat, who is chair at Broseley Tennis Club has now scooped the prestigious regional prize as Midlands volunteer of the year.

Pat has been chair at Broseley, her home town club, for the last 10 years and is also the club’s joint secretary, a role she previously held from 1987 to 2005.

She recently spearheaded the club’s successful fund-raising campaign to raise £30,000 for Broseley’s courts to be resurfaced.

Pat helps arrange tournaments and other events at the club, captains Broseley's Autumn League side, organises the club’s Wimbledon ballot each year and also helped set up the club website and acts as media officer.

Her many other roles include being kept busy collecting and recycling used tennis balls to raise additional funds for the club.



Lynda Cowell from Bridgnorth Tennis Club

Lynda was nominated for a British Tennis Award for her ongoing support and dedication to improving all aspects of club life. Lynda is so involved it is difficult to pick out an area she hasn’t influenced. As club Welfare Officer though Lynda has gone way beyond the implementing of minimum standards setting up systems to ensure that the club is a safer place for all.



Bob Higgins from Alverley Tennis Club

Bob was nominated for a British Tennis Award for his work on GB Team Tennis (formerly Aegon Team Tennis) which he has organised for the County for many years. During 2018 Bob increased the number of teams competing in the competition to 88, whilst moving the match completion rate from 63% to 83% the highest % growth in the country.



Ron Hopkins from Shifnal Tennis Club

Ron was nominated for a British Tennis Award for his long service as treasurer for Shifnal TC and in addition performs many other support functions for the club. Always eager to ensure players have a fantastic first and ongoing experience at the club Ron is known as the “friendly face” of Shifnal.



Jilly Broadbent from Lilleshall Village Tennis Club - Inspire2Coach

Jilly was nominated for a British Tennis Award for obtaining a grant and creating the framework to run the “No Strings Project” - an initiative to encourage ladies to return to the game. This is now a popular part of the club programme involving over 20 ladies playing every week.



Gary Marsh from Shifnal Tennis Club

Gary was nominated for a British Tennis Award for a significant achievement in driving forward the project to ensure Shifnal had a new tennis pavilion. Gary’s calm leadership, structured and organised approach played a major part in all stakeholders working to achieve the end goal.