Accompanied by his wife Brenda, David enjoyed a two-day visit to Yorkshire on 16/17 November. As everyone knows, Yorkshire is a big county, and it was a challenge to decide on the best elements to show him.
The tour began with a visit to Brentwood who were Yorkshire Club of the Year and Disability Award National Runners Up in 2020. David met some outstanding volunteers along with Coach Ben Howarth who was delivering a Visually Impaired coaching session.
Next stop was Sheffield’s oldest Club, Rustlings where David met Pat Powell, Yorkshire’s 2020 Volunteer of the Year. Next was Hillsborough Park where Sheffield City Council, Premier Tennis and the LTA are collaborating on a £1.4 million parks project with tennis and padel as key components. Final stop Hallamshire who had put in place a strategic plan to address long term investment including additional indoor facilities.
Following a hit with John Andrews National over 80s singles champion, David met Yorkshire Tennis Management Team for dinner and took the opportunity to present Meritorious Service Awards to Karen Mitchell and Chris Day for their services to tennis.
Next day’s visit was to Thongsbridge TC, Holmfirth where he received a presentation from President Pete Swithinbank and Mike Adams, Director on their plans to invest in three covered Padel courts as part of a longer-term ambitious plan to keep the club at the forefront of leisure offerings. Then to Roundhay Park, where David presented the LTA Community and Parks Award to Leeds Community Parks Programme represented by Paul Senior and Danny Burrell, the coach activator.
Finally, David visited the Leeds RPDC and received a presentation from Richard Crabtree who heads up both this programme and Yorkshire’s County Training. After a hit with some of the best 14-year-olds, David and Brenda headed back south.