Exeter Golf and Country Club junior member Tom Slack has been named the Regional Young Volunteer of the Year for the South West in the Aegon British Tennis Awards. Tom was named the Devon winner in January and was selected from a strong field of county winners across the region.
Tom has assisted the Club’s coaching team with Saturday morning junior tennis sessions and weekday squads for the last two years as well as helping out with tournaments and holiday clubs. Sponsored by the Club, Tom recently completed his LTA Level 1 coaching qualification to take his first step on the coaching ladder.
James Temple, Head of Rackets at Exeter Golf and Country Club, said,
“I am delighted that Tom’s efforts have been recognised at a regional level, having already won the county award. I am so proud of the development made by Tom and how he is inspiring others. This is fully deserved recognition for the number of hours that Tom has put in here. It’s greatly appreciated by the coaches, juniors and parents. Some of the younger juniors have seen the example that he has set and have also started helping out which is great to see.”
Tom’s dedication to helping with the junior tennis squads and tournaments at Exeter Golf and Country Club began two years ago, just after he started playing tennis.
Tom assists the club on a weekly basis with after-school groups and the busy Saturday mini tennis sessions where he has become a valuable members of the team. Despite his young age, Tom has taken up a position on the tennis committee and as a result of his dedication to the tennis section was made Boy’s Tennis Captain for 2016.
Good luck to Tom as he progresses to a national shortlist along with four other regional winners for the national award.
There is more information about the awards at https://www.lta.org.uk/officiate–volunteer/volunteering/british-tennis-awards/