Welcome to Tennis Cornwall’s new website.
I am Margaret Upton and am the new Chair of Tennis Cornwall. After 14 years as the Chair Sue Eames has decided that she has earned enough credit to step down. At January’s virtual AGM Sue was presented with the Endeavour Cup for Services to Tennis Cornwall as well as receiving flowers and a National Garden voucher sent to her home. In these COVID-19 times we are all finding ways to work around our usual routines and Tennis Cornwall is no different.
Tennis Cornwall’s new Chair Margaret Upton.
Photo credit: Joseph Gray
A big thank you to Rachel and Chris Smith of St Austell Tennis Club for creating this. Rachel is the Safeguarding and Welfare Coordinator for Tennis Cornwall and a good person to know who she is.
Rachel Smith, Tennis Cornwall's Safeguarding Officer
Apparently, a new website needs lot of content and a blogpost is a good way to do this. I am, therefore, giving it a whirl as a way of introducing everyone to the new Tennis Cornwall committee and to keep everyone informed.
Our new Clubs Liaison Coordinator Sallyann Homer is contacting all Cornish clubs on a fact-finding mission, so the new committee has landscape of tennis to be able to focus support in the best ways possible.
Sallyann Homer, Tennis Cornwall’s new Clubs Liaison Co-ordinator
Sue Eames in her new role as Competitions Coordinator has put in all the Grade 3 and 4 tournament applications, ably supported by one of her new Competitions subgroup, Ryan Fern, applying for several Grade 4- and 5-day long tournaments.
Sue also has new help in her group for the Cornwall Leagues, Clare Hudson, Emily Wicks and Cairine Edwards have volunteered to organise this, with Dave Joshua continuing to use his IT expertise for the LTA League Planner software. A big thank to Clare, Emily and Cairine for stepping forward.
Vice Chair Mike Thomas continues to supply his calm good sense and has a coach and junior development subgroup with Tim Webster continuing as the County Performance Manager, and now joined by Ian Vidgen as Coach Development Coordinator.
Ian Vidgen, Tennis Cornwall’s new Coach Development Coordinator
A shout out to Ian for taking on this role and allowing county stalwart Hilary Webster to step back from this role. Ian has already met with the LTA SW Regional Workforce Partner; Julie Jones and I can tell you from what I observed that he seems to be excellent in this role. Well done Ian.
Hilary is going to use her many contacts to help her lead on Fundraising and Sponsorship, linking in with our new PR and Communications Coordinator, Sarah Bailey.
Hopefully, you have all seen our new Tennis Cornwall FB and Instagram pages run by Sarah; liked them and are keen followers!
Malcolm Peters begins a second term as Tennis Cornwall’s LTA Councillor and continues leading on Finance.
I started by thanking Rachel and Chris Smith for creating this new website and I will end with saying a big thank to Rachel for continuing as Welfare and Safeguarding lead – a key role in Tennis Cornwall. She has uploaded all policies on the website for your reference.
Take care and may tennis playing be ever closer.