Coach is highly commended at tennis awards

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Risbygate Sports Club’s tennis coach James Hoad is celebrating after receiving a highly commended award in the Coach of the Year section at the recent Suffolk LTA Awards evening.

Hoad has also been selected to be one of the Davis Cup Legacy coaches and will be working with local youngsters aged between five and eight providing free coaching, equipment and tennis balls funded by the LTA.

In preparation for this he has attended a regional event in Norwich supported by Annabel Croft and Anne Keothavong, both former British number 1s.

The aim is to build on the success of the Davis Cup team, introduce more young people to tennis and grow the number of people playing across the country.

Hoad has been working at Risbygate for three years and in that time has seen the junior membership grow form 90 to 265.

Club president Kelvin Morton said: “This is a great honour, not only for James but for Risbygate.

“It is a reward for the hard work put into the running of the junior section and which has seen our numbers increase over recent years.”

For more details about the Davis Cup legacy or Risbygate Tennis Club’s regular coaching programmes for juniors and adults, please visit the club’s website at: www.risbygatesportsclub.co.uk