Tennis club hits an ace!

Just Regional
Jul 1, 2024 2 mins read

Cromer Lawn Tennis Club often turns out champions and award winners, but now it has bagged its own prize for one of its tournaments.

The club was awarded Central and Eastern Region Competition of the Year by the Lawn Tennis Association for its Grade 3 Junior Tournament held last summer.

More than 200 children and their families from around the country were at the courts for a week of high-quality matches, with 475 matches played over 30 events.

And the tournament – held last August – has been shortlisted in the top three in the country in the race to be crowned National Competition of the Year.

The regional award was presented by Sandi Procter, LTA president, at the Rothesay Open Tournament in Nottingham.

The overall winners will be announced during the first week of Wimbledon.

The award follows wins for the club at the Norfolk County LTA Awards, where two of Cromer’s volunteers were recognised. Jane Bentham was named Volunteer of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement award went to Martin Braybrook.

Jane doesn’t even play tennis, but she volunteers three times a week and is known for her crepes, which she makes for special events.

Martin, who has volunteered at the club for more than 40 years, is a previous chairman and captain of the squash team and, for the past 30 years, has been treasurer.

His calm, common sense approach and meticulous attention to detail are valued by all at the club. 

Chairman Steve Stacey said: “We are delighted that two of our team of valued volunteers have had their hard work honoured by the LTA and we are extremely proud that the club has been awarded such a prestigious award – especially as the LTA received over 2,000 awards nominations in total this year.

“These awards are a huge achievement for the individuals involved and our club as a whole.”

This year’s Junior Tournament will run from July 29. Visit or call 01263 513741 for more details.

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