The Lynn College of West Anglia (COWA) sports campus picked up a prestigious British Further Education Tennis Award on Monday from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).
LTA deputy president Cathie Sabin (front, centre) made the presentation to Mark Reavall (left), COWA executive director partnerships and estates, and Tommy Goode (right), programme manager for sport and leisure.
There are 10 award categories in total, including three national and seven regional categories, recognising volunteers who contribute a significant amount of time and energy providing tennis opportunities for their local community.
Tommy Goode said: “It is a great honour to win the award of Further Education winners. It shows the great contribution of students and staff to the development of tennis through increasing participation and improving coach education. Our partnership work with the LTA and Tennis Foundation has really added value to our learner’s programmes and provided our students with a number of great opportunities.”
The college has been working with the LTA and the Tennis Foundation over the last year on a pilot project to develop tennis opportunities for students and to help grow the number of students participating and volunteering in tennis. A number of the students have been trained as tennis leaders and have completed the level 1 Coaching Award. Since then students have delivered mini-tennis and cardio-tennis sessions in local schools and community tennis programmes.
Tennis Foundation further education manager, Christine Sprowell said: “I hope the students found the tennis leaders course enjoyable and informative. I really enjoyed working with them and you certainly have some very strong leaders who will be a great asset to getting more tennis off the ground.”
The students were given an opportunity to develop their leadership skills with some on court activities aimed at running activities with local primary schools as well as ideas for running informal mini-tennis enrichment and competition in college. They also had some high energy action taking part in a cardio-tennis workout session, which had the group hitting loads of balls to high-tempo music.