The impressive work of the tennis programme at New Hall School, a boarding and day school in Chelmsford for students aged 3-18, has been recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony.
Mark Crick, Head of Tennis at New Hall, was rewarded for his services to tennis with the Essex LTA Education Award. Mark was selected as the county winner at the 2016 AEGON British Tennis Awards for his work within schools tennis.
Mr Crick leads the tennis programme at New Hall and, with the help of six LTA qualified and licensed coached, delivers tennis lessons to over 400 pupils from beginners to top county juniors. The coaching programme at New Hall is inclusive and allows junior players of all ages and abilities to enjoy and develop their tennis.
The school has had a very successful year of tennis, with the Senior Boys Team winning the prestigious Youll Shield at the Independent Schools Championships. The Year 10 Team also won the Essex AEGON division, the Eton Pairs Trophy and finished third in the East of England. The Senior Girls Team have reached the East regional knockout stage of the AEGON Senior School competition and are two matches away from reaching the national finals in March. Many pupils have represented their county this year and have had great success in LTA competitions.
Meanwhile, Alexander Groves, a Year 11 student at New Hall, received his county colours for representing the Essex Men’s Tennis Team in 2016. Alexander travelled with the team to Bath University in November and helped Essex to finish 2nd in Division 1. This was a brilliant experience for Alexander, to compete in the County Cup top division, and a fantastic achievement for him to represent the men’s county team at such a young age.
New Hall School provides an excellent environment for young aspiring tennis players to excel both on and off the court. It is wonderful that Mark’s work has been recognised by the LTA and that Alex has gained recognition for his excellent contribution to the county team this year.