Top Seaford coach wins trip to historic grand slam

Seaford Tennis Club coach Dan Stoner with players on their trip to Wimbledon.

Seaford Tennis Club coach Dan Stoner with players on their trip to Wimbledon.

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A group of young people from Seaford Tennis Club were taken on a dream outing to Wimbledon tennis championships after their coach won a national competition.

Club coach Dan Stoner bagged the trip to the historic grand slam where Andy Murray became the first British player to win the men’s singles since Fred Perry in 1936, after he secured a national award for his work promoting mini tennis in the town and for encouraging more youngsters playing the sport.

The keen tennis players from Seaford were even given the chance to play on practice courts normally used by Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.

Dan said: “The idea of the award is to encourage more young children to take up tennis.

“This is a great opportunity to inspire our young players in Seaford.

“The trip to Wimbledon was the icing on the cake – we had a great day.”

The players were met by representatives from the All England Club and given a guided tour on the second Tuesday of the famous championships.

They also visited the interactive museum and locker rooms, later meeting racket stringers and then watching some tennis before returning home.

Dan was selected from 90 tennis coaches around the country for the prize.

He was recognised for increasing the number of juniors playing at the club, the mini tennis programme he runs and increasing the number of juniors that were regularly competing in tournaments.

Mini tennis is a recognised national Lawn Tennis Association scheme which gets young children aged from three to ten playing tennis.

They gradually work their way up through different coloured balls, winning certificates as they improve under the LTA Earn Your Stripes Scheme.

Dan chose his red mini tennis team, youngsters aged seven and nine from Seaford, to go with him to enjoy his Wimbledon prize along with promising junior player Euan Rayner-Gray.

Seaford Tennis Club and Dan have also been awarded Mini Tennis Ambassador status for the club and coach which means that any inquiries with Sussex Tennis for mini tennis tuition county-wide will be directed to the Seaford club. Visit http://www.seafordtennis.com/