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Saturday, 30 May 2015

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Volunteer Josh is honoured by county

HEXHAM teenage tennis player Josh Dolan was named as Northumberland County Tennis’ young volunteer of the year.

At the organisation’s awards night, Josh, who trains with Perform Tennis and is a member of both Stocksfield and Tynedale tennis clubs, scooped the top honour.

He was nominated by head coach Sarah Stevenson for the third year running due to his massive contribution to the successful tennis programme that Perform and Tynedale Tennis in the Community has built up in Tynedale.

At a packed venue at the Northumberland Club in Jesmond, Josh was presented with his award by TV presenter and Wimbledon commentator Andrew Castle, who himself is a former Great Britain number one.

The awards are an annual event held during the Northumberland Open tennis tournament, which Andrew himself has played in and won in the past.

The district was well represented in both the competitive tennis and the awards by players from Stocksfield and Tynedale clubs, with Josh putting up a good fight in the U16 singles against the nationally ranked John Boden.

Thomas Joyce, of Slaley, and Lauren Grant, of Prudhoe, also received certificates for their nominations at the awards.

The recognition have rounded off another good season for tennis in Tynedale, with junior club teams holding their own in very competitive leagues.

Ovingham First School reached the grand final of the Tony Blair Sports Foundation Schools Challenge, while Stocksfield’s Daniel Senior represented the county at the U9 County Cup. In total, there are now over 400 children receiving tennis coaching on a weekly basis in schools and at clubs and community venues.

Anybody interested in getting involved in the local tennis scene can visit www.performtennis.co.uk