Horbury Tennis Club - 2020 LTA National Development Coach comes to Horbury!


Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) National Development Coach of the Year, Alice Robson has recently started coaching at Slazenger Tennis Club, based at Slazenger Sports and Social Club in Horbury.

On Thursday 30 July, tennis coach and former Fed Cup captain Judy Murray OBE, announced that Alice Robson was the National Winner. Over 500 nominations were put forward for this award so it is a fanatic achievement. 

Alice earnt her LTA award for introducing the coaching programme and growing it to 70 players attending each week in Ackworth. As an advocate for increasing female participation in the sport, Alice developed innovative sessions including a Mother and Daughters Tennis Festival, all the while mentoring new coaches and engaging more than 1,800 school children.

Alice commented: “To be recognised for something I am so passionate about was incredible, with the added bonus to have won the award above coaches who have done astonishing work. I am so proud of Ackworth Tennis Club, it’s amazing to see how far we have come. In 2018 we had 17 members. Since the introduction of the coaching programme we have now got over 200 members. I would love to see Slazenger Tennis Club develop in the same way and get tennis thriving in Horbury.”

Alice has started a Sunday morning coaching programme at Slazenger. There is coaching available for junior players, adult beginners and intermediate players.

It has been a successful summer at Horbury: membership over the last three months has more than tripled, there have been over 600 courts bookings and 60 children attended summer camps. The club has recently started weekly social tennis, where members can play with and against each other. Slazenger members are entitled to book one of the three acrylic courts for free, can receive reduced rate coaching, attend social tennis and are entered in our club’s Wimbledon Ballot. 

If you have any questions about coaching or joining the tennis club, please get in contact with Alice via slazengertc@ar-tennis.co.uk or 07967405553. Find out more on our website: horburytennis.co.uk.

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