Tennis centre dominates at annual awards ceremony

James Reid,  Lewis Dean, Thomas Scott and Ryan Scaman with their U9 Division Two AEGON trophy.
James Reid, Lewis Dean, Thomas Scott and Ryan Scaman with their U9 Division Two AEGON trophy.
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Louth Indoor Tennis Centre stormed to victory at the Lincolnshire Lawn Tennis Association awards last month, at The Showroom in Lincoln.

Head coach Edward Allinson, 27, picked up the prestigious ‘Coach of the Year’ award against some tough competition, marking him as the most successful coach in Lincolnshire.

The U18s county team and the men’s county team were both promoted in the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) County Cup this year under Edward’s captaincy in both winter and summer divisions. The majority of the boys’ and men’s team members regularly train at Louth Indoor Tennis Centre.

Fellow Louth Indoor Tennis Centre coach Faye Button was awarded the first ever ‘Fair Play’ award. Faye said: “It’s so nice to get recognised for having a fair and honest reputation when on court.”

Sixteen-year-old junior member Joe Woolley, who is the current British number one for U16 boys, was handed the ‘Performance of the Year’ award. He received the award after qualifying for a futures event and playing for his first senior world ranking point. Joe regularly takes part in hitting sessions with head coach Edward Allinson.

Meanwhile, the tennis centre won the Division One men’s doubles and ladies doubles titles in the Lincs League, and also won the Division 3A ladies title. The club were also county champions in the regional AEGON ladies league. The U14 boys also won the regional AEGON league in their category, as did the U9 boys in Division Two.

In the National Veterans League, the ladies 50+ age group division went down to the wire, with three teams all in contention going into their last match of the season. On the last day of play, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire were all on four wins, fighting for the title. Leicestershire effectively put themselves out of the running in the morning, leaving the head-to-head clash between Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire in the afternoon as the title decider. The Lincolnshire ladies team won 8-0 to clinch the title, with many Louth members heavily involved in the victory.

Meanwhile, 15-year-old Louth club member Sean Hodkin has been playing the best tennis of his career so far, making two finals at Grade Three in the U16 national competitions, winning one. Even more impressively, he has made two finals at Grade Three U18 nationals, also winning one. Sean is coached by Louth’s head coach Edward Allinson.

Louth Tennis Centre have also run a successful netball campaign this season. Team members Jan Boyd, Lucy Hyde, Kate Clarke, Kirsten Lowery, Megan Lowery, Gwyn Little, Becky Filtness, Holly Arrowsmith and Rachel Allinson stormed to victory, winning by a record point difference in the Grimsby League Division One.

Owner of Louth Tennis Centre, Geoff Allinson, said: “I am very pleased with the progress made in the first three years.

“I would like to thank the coaching team for their hard work and professionalism in developing the players to enable us to reach the level of sucess we have.

“We have high hopes that our junior performance 
programme, headed by Edward, will produce some 
players that will develop into good players and achive a high level of play and performance.”