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Chairman’s Update August 2023

I said back at the AGM last December that in many ways I was an unintended Chair. That still holds true, but I thought while I am here, I might as well have a look around and try to understand tennis in Cornwall a little more. This has coincided with a new three year agreement with the LTA. Good timing then.

There are three specific parts of our work that I wanted to make everyone aware of at the moment.

1. County Cup training – we are currently surveyingparents and carers of junior county players about the possibility of moving the training indoors from this autumn. If this is relevant to you we would welcome you completing the survey asking about your preferences. If you have not received this please check your spam.

2. Search for coaches – with the start of the new County Cup training season just around the corner we are on the lookout for enthusiastic and suitably qualified coaches who want to be part of the county set up.

3. Awards evening – we are holding the first ever Tennis Cornwall awards evening on Friday 29th September. This is an invite only event to County Cup team members and their families.

Changing of the guard

We are on the lookout for a new Ladies Team captain! Full details of the role will be available shortly.


The opportunity has arisen as Clare Hudson after holding the role for many years, has decided to stand down. Myself and colleagues at Tennis Cornwall would like to pass on our thanks to Clare for the work she has done over many years for Ladies Tennis in Cornwall.


We intend to bring in a new captain in time to lead the Winter County Cup later in the year.


Working with the LTA

The LTA require Tennis Cornwall (and other county associations) to work in four core areas as follows;

Volunteering – this is all about getting the nuts and bolts of what we do correct. It includes Safeguarding, having the right legal status, looking after the finances and building good relationships with our Cornwall Tennis Community.

Participation – increase the number of women and girls playing tennis and develop the Open Court Disability programme. Improve the understanding of the role of Tennis Cornwall as well as the awareness of the benefits of playing tennis for all groups in society.


Performance – continue to develop the County Training programme

Competition – this is about running the county leagues and competing in County Cup events which are available for all age groups.

Have a question or need more information on any of the above then let me know.

Enjoy your tennis,



Mike Thomas


Tennis Cornwall

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