Prestigious award for Backwell Tennis Club

PUBLISHED: 09:32 12 December 2018

Backwell Tennis Club.

Backwell Tennis Club.


Backwell Tennis Club received the prestigious Community Club of the Year award for Avon and the surrounding areas.

At the annual Avon Tennis Awards, Backwell Tennis Club received the prestigious Community Club of the Year award for Avon and the surrounding areas.

Receiving the award on behalf of the club were ladies’ captain Pippa Barry, together with committee members David Howells, John Lurie, Steve Stephens and Patrick O’Callaghan.

The award is given to the club that has achieved the following highest standards providing tennis to the local community, including organisation and financial stability with long-term plans for the provision of tennis; tennis sessions that meet the needs of players of all ages, abilities and backgrounds including social and league play; creative ways to engage with the community and growth in the number of people playing, watching or volunteering.

Club chairman Richard Gaunt, said: “This award is a fantastic recognition of the outstanding youth and outreach work carried out by the coaching staff under head coach Ben Tilling.

“The coaching team delivers coaching to 350 people a week at the club and more than 100 per week through the schools’ programme. Nine schools now benefit from the outreach programme with 10 lunchtime and afterschool clubs during term time to over 500 children in total.”

One of the main reasons for the success in the schools coaching is because Backwell Tennis Club was one of only two clubs in Avon to receive a grant from the LTA for the schools programme, making this the largest community club for juniors in Avon.

Holiday courses are also provided for children with three weeks of summer camps and coaching at Easter, Spring Bank Holiday and October half term.

To find full details about the club, how to join and coaching available visit the website at

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