A small tennis centre has stepped into the limelight after being named this year’s Place to Play at a prestigious awards ceremony.
Langley Tennis Club was presented with the accolade by the Lawn Tennis Association at the annual British Tennis Awards in London.
“I could hardly believe it when I heard the news,” said Tim Walter, Langley Tennis Club’s director of tennis.
“This is a tremendous achievement and accolade for the club; for its staff, players and volunteers, and for the local community who support us.”
Walter and the club’s manager, Sue Picton, received the award from LTA President Peter Bretherton at the O2 Arena where the world’s top tennis players are competing in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
After the ceremony, Walter and Picton took a group of the club’s rising stars to watch a thrilling encounter on court between Tomas Berdych and Stanislas Wawrinka – the first singles match of the tournament.
“I am delighted that Langley Tennis Club has received this award,” said Leo Tutt, tennis development manager for Hertfordshire Tennis.
“It recognises the outstanding work that Tim and his team have done to develop and deliver a high quality and financially sustainable tennis programme for the local community.”
Those sentiments were echoed by Gavin Masterton, president of the executive committee of the county’s tennis organisation. He said: “Herts Tennis is very proud to be a strong supporter of Langley Tennis Club and of what Tim Walter has achieved as its Director of Tennis.”
The award follows a remarkable year for the club, on and off court.
Already rated as the LTA’s top Small Place To Play in the east region, with the highest number of regularly competing juniors over eight counties, the club continues to promote the sport with free taster sessions throughout the area.
Over the summer, the club’s juniors won more than 20 singles titles, were runners-up in 16 more competitions, and formed victorious partnerships in 10 doubles tournaments.