THE Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and Tennis Foundation have announced that Vale Park Tennis Club in Aylesbury has been awarded ‘Beacon’ status as part of the AEGON Parks Tennis programme.
The club is one of a number of sites across the country to have achieved the national accolade, which recognises the best community-focussed facilities offering free and affordable tennis as part of the AEGON Parks Tennis programme.
To achieve this status, facilities must also offer access to quality, affordable coaching as well as regular competitions for all ages and abilities.
The award is in recognition of the club’s efforts to build a local community tennis club which is open to everyone.
Head coach, Nigel Little, said: “We are delighted to achieve the Beacon award. A lot of people have put in a huge amount of work to make this club accessible to everyone in the community. It really is a thriving club and we hope with this national recognition it will only help it to continue to grow. The future looks bright for Vale Park and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
The presentation was also attended by Councillor Jenny Puddlefoot, Major of Aylesbury and AVDC Councillor Barbara Russell, from the Aylesbury Central Ward.
To celebrate the award the club enjoyed a day of free tennis encouraging people from the community to come down and pick up a racket, whether it was for the first time or after a period out of the sport.
Councillor Puddlefoot enjoyed a hit with Nigel Little before the adults took to the main court and children enjoyed a mini-tennis taster session. It was a successful day with more than 20 children present through the drop in session.
Nigel Little added: “It was a great afternoon; the coaches were kept very busy with all the young juniors coming for their first taster at tennis, things were made even better by the great weather.”
The AEGON Parks Tennis programme aims to increase community access to tennis in parks and communities nationwide. Delivered by the LTA and Tennis Foundation, AEGON Parks Tennis is a key programme in British tennis’ drive to increase participation and grow tennis at all levels. The long-term aim is to have an AEGON Parks Tennis site acting as a centre of community tennis excellence in each of the local authority areas in Britain.
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