Crowborough making a racket as the Sussex Club of the Year

CROWBROROUGH: Team of the year award, Crowborough Tennis Club. 23-11-11''Sandy Young (club chairman), Cory Roberts (Club volunteer of the year)  with other club members.
CROWBROROUGH: Team of the year award, Crowborough Tennis Club. 23-11-11''Sandy Young (club chairman), Cory Roberts (Club volunteer of the year) with other club members.

CROWBOROUGH Tennis and Squash Club is celebrating after being named the 2011 LTA Sussex Club of The Year.

The club scooped the prestigious award at the Tennis Sussex Awards held at Wickwoods Country Club on November 19.

Success started in early 2010 with the club being awarded Clubmark status, and this was quickly followed by a £25,000 grant from the LTA towards the cost of floodlighting on four additional courts. Since the floodlights were installed in late 2010 the club has greatly increased the numbers of people using its courts in both the summer and winter months.

The success continued in 2011, with the Technifibre Crowborough Junior Open attracting 115 entries, double that of previous years, while the club raised £465 for the Hospice in the Weald as well as £200 for Save the Children through successful charity tournaments.

In addition to the club title, long-standing member Cory Roberts was presented with the Club Volunteer of the Year Award. A member of the club since 1968, serving as a director between 200 and 2008, Cory has been invaluable to the club in his many roles, including captain and club match secretary.

There was further success on the night for the club with promising junior member Elliott Jones coming runner up in the County boys under 18 section.

Keep up-to-date with all the club’s news by visiting the new club website www.crowboroughrackets.org.uk

l Picture by Peter Cripps.