Presentation evening held for Tennis Shropshire's Cadets and Futures programmes

The success of this year’s Tennis Shropshire Cadets and Futures programmes was highlighted at a special presentation evening held at The Shrewsbury Club.

The Cadets, launched for the first time this year, has proved a big hit with 19 youngsters recruited to take part, with a further seven participants involved with the Futures programme.

The Cadets, open to 12 to 14-year-olds, offers the chance to learn skills which will help them assist coaches in delivering tennis sessions. The programme involved two workshops led by inspire2coach staff at The Shrewsbury Club and is a great first step before the Tennis Futures programme. 

The Futures programme, for 15 to 18-year-olds, provides free training to help young people volunteer at their local tennis clubs.

It can be the first step to a career in coaching and is a combination of attending core activities delivered by inspire2coach and volunteering in tennis throughout the county.  

Simon Jones, the Tennis Shropshire chair, said: “The group have been fantastic to work with - two of the Futures achieved enough hours to qualify for £50 vouchers towards their Level 1 coaching qualification. 

"The presentation evening was attended by Alex Cleland, from Shifnal Tennis Club, who has successfully taken the officiating route in tennis. 

"He was a line judge at Wimbledon this year and that led to him umpiring the boys' doubles final. He has since been a line judge at this year's US Open. 

"Tennis Shropshire is certainly looking at the 'Volunteers of the Future' and we will be looking to build on the success of this year in 2020.”  

Pictured: Alex Cleland, left, and Josh Price, from inspire2coach, with some of the participants in this year’s Tennis Cadets and Tennis Futures programmes.

Shifnal Tennis Club’s Alex Cleland, who has officiated at both Wimbledon and the US Open this year, talks to the youngsters at the presentation evening.