Highly qualified Level 4 LTA Coach David Houseman snapped up the award from stiff competition for transforming the coaching and competition programme for juniors at Margate Lawn Tennis Club where he achieved a 150% increase in junior membership. He also introduced new adult tennis opportunities for new intermediate players whilst also heading up a targeted outreach programme for local schools.
Thursday, 29 November 2012
MLTC Snaps Up Trophy Brace At Thanet Sports Awards
Margate Lawn Tennis Club has landed a pair of Winners trophies in the highly prestigious Thanet Sports Awards 2012. Head Coach David Houseman won the Coach of the Year Award, sponsored by the KM Group and George Buckmaster picked up the TDC Sport Matters Inspire Pride Achievement Award.
The Awards were made at a special presentation ceremony at Margate’s Winter Gardens on November 21, compared by Academy FM’s Johnny Lewis and featuring guest speaker Team GB Olympic Taekwondo Gold Medallist Jade Jones.
George Buckmaster, who won an Inspire Pride Achievement Award, is an extremely active ‘senior’ at Margate Lawn Tennis Club. Not only is George prominent in club and competition tennis, he also encourages junior and adult beginners. He is also the Club’s Mr Fixit, the ultimate handyman, tirelessly carrying out repairs and essential jobs for love of the club. Moreover George has single handedly transformed a virtually derelict ‘middle hut’ building into a very usable place for Club juniors.
“David and George thoroughly deserve these awards,” comments Margate Lawn Tennis Club Chairman John Taylor. “Their selfless effort and resultant success for the Club’s benefit are immense and testament to just what can be achieved, adding strength to the club: David by building on club membership and George by ensuring that there indeed continues to be a club to come to. The entire Club thanks them for their individual effort and congratulates them, on their awards.”
The Thanet Sports Initiative, now ranked as one of the biggest celebrated awards in the district, is designed to promote the work and effort put into Thanet sports activities. According to Martyn Cassell, Chairman of the Thanet Sport Network, this year’s awards has seen an incredibly diverse range of candidates. “The quality was phenomenal,” he says. The judging panel comprised Thanet Sport Network members and sponsors.
Margate Lawn Tennis Club brings a high level of tennis to the community at both social and competition levels covering East Kent and Kent Leagues with individual members even playing at national team and event levels. With its six all-weather hard courts, it offers all year round play, encouraging juniors of all levels to play. With various coaching schemes in place for juniors and adults, the club welcomes prospective new members.