County Awards

Our Annual Awards night takes place in January each year and is an opportunity for volunteers, players and coaches to be recognised for their achievements and successes during the previous year. The night has become a very special occasion in our calendar, coming together to celebrate the achievements of the best of our players, volunteers and officials.

In 2022 the Awards Night took on a new format, being held at Sunderland Tennis centre with the first part of the evening to present the County Closed trophies and Junior Awards, followed by the second half of the evening dedicated to the County Award Nominees.  It was truly a successful evening of celebration and a big thanks to Everyone Active Sports Centre, Graham Fowler and Will Harrison for the photos. 

We are very grateful to Leader Floors and Leader Doors for their generous sponsorship that makes these awards possible.

Nominations are invited from mid-September and close in mid-November – a link to the Nomination Form will appear here when nominations are open.

Categories for Awards include:

  2021 Winner
Lifetime achievement Tony Evans (Eldon Grove)
Volunteer Paul Asensio (Hartlepool)
Volunteer Highly commended Mike Eggleston (Durham Archery)
Young Person Adam Parker (Shotley & Benfieldside)
Young Person Highly commended Anna Kroon (Eldon Grove)
Coach Development Ian Pearson (Blaydon)
Coach Performance Stephen Gilbert (Boldon)
Venue Hartlepool Tennis club
Education Dame Dorothy Primary school
Competition Shotley & Benfieldside – David Esther

Due to COVID 19 are other awards specific to D&C LTA were not awarded.

Playsport U14 Girl n/a
Playsport U14 Boy n/a
Oliver Wrightson U18 Girl n/a
Oliver Wrightson U18 Boy



All our County Winners are put forward into the LTA British Tennis Awards scheme and automatically progress to the Regional LTA Awards and potentially then the National Awards. In 2019 we were delighted that our School of the Year, Whickham Parochial CofE, Blaydon, also won the North Region Award. Since the LTA brought in the National Awards in 2015 Durham & Cleveland has a proud record of success and past winners include:

2018      National Winner

Community Award

A690 Charity

2018      Regional Winner

Lifetime Achievement

John Taylor (Hutton Rudby)

2018      Regional Winner


Dame Dorothy Primary, Sunderland

2017      Regional Winner


Acklam Whin Primary School

2016      Regional Winner

Young Volunteer

John Heppell

2016      National Winner


Wendy Glasper

In 2017 Wendy was named the UK’s 759th  Point of Light, receiving a personal commendation from Prime Minister Teresa May:

“Your work with the North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club is helping to make tennis more accessible for the visually impaired across the region. You should be proud of the training sessions you have delivered and the direct impact you are having on the physical and emotional wellbeing of players.”

Check out the gallery of our past Award Nights and winners.