Simon Jones honoured to be at the helm of Tennis Shropshire

Simon Jones insists it is a huge honour to be at the helm of Tennis Shropshire as he settles into his role as chair of the organisation.

Encouraged by the health of the game locally, Simon has succeeded Bob Kerr after serving as vice-chair for the last three years.

Fiona Jones, from Market Drayton Tennis Club, is the new vice-chair of Tennis Shropshire.

Simon said: “Working with Bob as vice-chair has been a massive help. To have someone of Bob’s experience to learn from has certainly been a great grounding to becoming chair.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge for the next three years.

“It is an absolute honour. We have 36 clubs across the county and a fantastic group of volunteers willing to give their time up. Together with the people running the clubs, we are very lucky to have such a strong volunteer-led workforce.

“The state of the game locally is very healthy. We are seen by the LTA as a very proactive county. We tend to be ahead of things, innovative in what we are doing, but always looking to improve.”

Simon, introduced to the Tennis Shropshire committee six years ago when Chris Hinks was chairman, was then delighted to accept the chance to become vice-chair.

"I was really flattered to be asked by Bob,” he added. “With Tennis Shropshire having a succession plan, it gives you three years to learn about what’s involved with the job before taking over.”

Simon started to play tennis at the age of 25 when injury prevented him from continuing as a keen amateur footballer.

He was selected to represent the county at tennis after moving to Shropshire in 1997 and currently plays for the county’s over-50s side.

Simon, from Priorslee in Telford, said: “We are a tennis family as my wife plays at Lilleshall, my daughter at Shrewsbury Lawn Tennis Club, while my son and I are both members of The Shrewsbury Club. I play twice a week if it's possible.”

Former chair Bob will remain heavily involved with Tennis Shropshire as the LTA councillor for Shropshire.

He added: "Simon brings a wealth of experience from the playing side, the competitions side of the game, and it’s very important that we grow that area because it helps to keep people playing.”   

Pictured: Simon Jones, left, the new chair of Tennis Shropshire and Bob Kerr, his predecessor.