Sussex Club of the Year is Crowborough Tennis Squash Club

CROWBOROUGH Tennis and Squash Club was named Club of the Year, 2011 in the Tennis Sussex Awards.

The award recognised a successful year during which the club attracted many new players to tennis.

Success started in early 2010 with the Clubmark status award by the LTA followed by the LTA contributing £25,000 to the cost of floodlighting on four extra courts.

This increased available playing hours from the start of 2011 with a significant increase in the number of people playing on a pay to play basis with a monthly average of 25/30 visitors during the winter increasing to an average of 60 in summer. In addition the club has an active tennis membership of 188 adults and 111 Juniors.

2011 saw great success with the Technifibre Crowborough Junior Open attracting 115 entries, double the number in previous years.

The club raised £465 for the Hospice in the Weald through its annual charity tournament in memory of a former member and in 2011 introduced a new charity event in aid of Save the Children which raised £200.

The lastest achievement was launch of a new website: www.crowboroughrackets.org.uk which lists all activities from coaching and membership information to the social events and news.

There is also a link to an online booking system giving members 24 hours access.

As well as the Club of the Year title, long-standing member Cory Roberts received the Club Volunteer of the Year Award.

A member since 1968 and director between 2000 and 2008 he was of great value as match secretary for more than 10 years, whilst also actively taking on the role of captain of one of the club Super Vets teams.

Cory has been invaluable to the club in his many roles as he has undertaken them in a calm and professional manner.

Colleagues say Cory always greets people in a charming and cheerful way on and off the court.

There was also a presentation to promising junior Elliott Jones for being runner up in the County Boys under 18 section.