The Sheffield sports centre scooped three awards
Graves Health and Sports Centre dominated the 2018 Yorkshire Tennis LTA Awards last month. The centre took home three Awards on the night including the Yorkshire Community Award, Yorkshire Disability Award and its Head Coach Sam Salt was honoured with Yorkshire’s Coach of the Year.
The Sheffield based Graves Health and Sports Centre, managed by Places Leisure on behalf of Sheffield City Council, was nominated for the awards due to their achievements in the last few years, helping develop tennis in Sheffield and Yorkshire.
In two and a half years they have had an incredible growth in tennis, with a jump in participation from 169 to 604. The centre prides itself on making tennis a sport for everyone, from local talent entering their newly developed tournament programme, to getting beginners and younger kids interested by hosting ‘The Great British Tennis Weekend’, which gives kids in Sheffield the chance to try tennis for free and learn more about the game. On top of that they also work to make the sport more accessible for those with disabilities with their tennis programme for people with learning disabilities and tennis sessions for wheelchair users.
Alasdair Ford, Sports Development Manager for Graves Health and Sports Centre said, “We are delighted to receive this recognition by the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) for the growth and development of tennis that we have achieved this year and would like to thank all of our tennis players, their families and staff for supporting Graves Health and Sports Centre. With help from the LTA we have been able to nurture tennis talent within Sheffield from grassroots to performance level.”
At the Yorkshire LTA awards night they also saw their Head Coach win the prestigious Coach of the Year 2018 Award. Sam Salt has been an integral part of tennis team and worked hard at developing tennis in Sheffield. Sam Salt said: “I would like to thank all of the staff, coaches, parents and players at Graves for their daily commitment to making the Centre a better place to coach and train. I am delighted with the progress we have made over the last 2.5 years and these awards are testament to a fantastic team effort from everyone at the Centre.”
Graves are part of Sheffield City Council’s Move More strategy to make Sheffield the UK’s most active city by 2020. They are aiming to maximise tennis participation across the City working in partnership with local schools, clubs and community project organisations. Cllr Mary Lea - Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure, Sheffield City Council says about Graves: “We are so pleased to hear about the success of our leisure partner Places Leisure, they deserve this recognition for all their hard work. They have more than tripled the number of participants in their tennis programme over the last 2.5 years by ensuring tennis is available to everyone. This can only be a good thing for the people of Sheffield.”
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