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, with over 250 attending to celebrate the achievements of the best of our players, volunteers and officials. 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:

  2020 Winner
Lifetime achievement Bryan Thubron (Boldon)
Volunteer Viv McFarquar (Boldon)
Young person Caitlin Moore (Durham Archery)
Coach Matt Jackman
Club Sunderland Tennis Centre
Education Whickham Parochial CofE, Blaydon
Official Bob Stone
Disability Sunderland Tennis Centre
Communities & Parks n/a
Competition Sunderland Tennis Centre
LTA Meritorious Award Helen Weston

There are also specific D&C LTA awards for services to and achievements in local tennis, including:

Playsport U14 Girl Isobel Le Clerc
Playsport U14 Boy Ben Wrann
Oliver Wrightson U18 Girl Halle Pringle
Oliver Wrightson U18 Boy Luke Laws

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.