Stamford Tennis Club wins Lawn Tennis Association award after being named as the best in the Midlands
Stamford Tennis Club has been voted as the best in the Midlands region.
The Conduit Road club came out top in the Lawn Tennis Association awards after beating off competition from 400 centres in the region which stretches from Lincolnshire in the east to Worcestershire in the west.
Having been nominated as Lincolnshire club of the year back in March, the selectors chose Stamford from among the eight worthy county winners in the Midlands region to go forward to the national finals in July.
Club chairman Mark Anderson enthused: “We are absolutely delighted to have been given this award.
“It reflects the hard work that our 13-strong committee of volunteers have put into the club over the last five years.
“We are now developing our plans for the next five years and look forward to working closely with our partners to continue to deliver a great tennis experience for all our current and future members.”
The prestigious award is well deserved recognition for the club, reflecting the hard work that has gone into developing it over the last five years to deliver their mission of ‘helping more people of all standards, in and around Stamford, to play tennis more often in a welcoming, affordable and safe environment’.
It is also a recognition of the pragmatic way that the club has navigated the pandemic over the last year, keeping members playing in a safe environment in line with the ever evolving government rules and Lawn Tennis Association guidance.
Stamford is one of the larger tennis clubs in Lincolnshire with 360 members drawn from the five counties around the town.
The club seeks to welcome all players, from total beginners to serious club players, from aspiring youngsters to those well into their retirement years.
With the use of seven all -weather, floodlit courts, the club has plenty of capacity to enable members to play in social, coaching and competitive environments.
They are particularly proud of their growing junior section, which now boasts more than 140 youngsters, including a strong cadre of home-grown talented teenagers.
Stamford is also a top-performing club in the local leagues with 10 teams competing in the Huntingdon and Peterborough League and five teams in the Peterborough hard-court league.
There is also social tennis too with three well-attended sessions scheduled every week, together with a number of group coaching sessions each week for returning players, plus the ever-popular cardio tennis work-outs.
Over the last five years, the club has invested more than £60,000 in the facilities at Stamford, the vast majority of these funds raised through five external grants.
They commissioned new LED floodlights last year which now provide excellent visibility to extend coaching and play well into the evenings.
The club has also been steadily refurbishing its clubhouse to and 2020 saw the completion of this five-year programme with the replacement of the roof during lockdown.
Strong relationships have also been key to the club’s success with several partnerships helping to shape it.
The club shares the courts with the Stamford Endowed Schools and enjoys a close relationship, connected by their shared ambition for the growth of tennis in the town.
The club has also enjoyed a long-standing relationship with their coaching partners – R2R Tennis – and more recently have welcomed new sponsors for the club in Schroders Personal Wealth.
Chairman Anderson added: “Our head coach CJ Selvidge and the R2R coaching team are a great asset for the club and have taken the provision of coaching at Stamford to a new level, serving juniors and adults alike.
“The remarkable success has been shown by our biggest ever summer camps in 2020 when more than 100 juniors enjoyed 15 days of coaching and socially distanced fun.”
Selvidge was voted as Lincolnshire Coach of the Year in 2021 against a field of 12 other quality nominees from across the county.
He is also very engaged with tennis at a number of local schools and is also the team manager for the Lincolnshire county boys Under 11 squad.