Junior Tennis academy ace the opposition

The Eastbourne Junior Academy enjoyed its most successful year to date as there were a total of 24 winners at the recently-held Tennis Sussex Awards.

Overall, seven individual awards, eight county colours, five team awards and four outstanding achievement awards were attained by Eastbourne players in a terrific haul, a fitting recognition of the players’, coaches’ and parents’ hard work throughout the past year.

Eastbourne’s Director of Tennis, Matt Edwards – who himself received an outstanding achievement award for coaching the Under 18 Sussex Girls County Cup Team to a record third successive national title – said, “It’s great to see so many of our players win awards for their outstanding achievements on the court.

“They are a great bunch of kids that work extremely hard day in and day out and deserve all the accolades they get.”

The LTA-Accredited Performance Programme, supported by Eastbourne Borough Council, has now been in operation for four years.

To contact the Eastbourne Tennis team, call 01323 724498 to arrange a free trial or visit their website on www.tenniseastbourne.co.uk for more information.

Individual Awards: Under 8’s Sussex Mini Tennis Masters runner-up: Evelyn Kilsby; Under 9’s LTA County Leaderboard & Sussex Mini Tennis Masters runner-up: Lleyton Edwards; Under 10’s Sussex Mini Tennis Masters runner-up: Harvey Kilsby; Under 10’s LTA County Leaderboard runner-up: Finlay Edwards; Under 10’s LTA County Leaderboard runner-up: Aziza Aubin; Under 12’s LTA County Leaderboard winner: Ellie Dasent.

County Colours: Aziza Aubin, Harvey Kilsby, Alex Targett, Joe McIntyre, Anna Kilsby, Olivia Crowhurst, Mariella Blackwell and Natsha Forbes.

Team Awards: Mixed Under 8’s Tennis Eastbourne Team: 3rd in AEGON Team Tennis County Finals; Mixed Under 9’s Tennis Eastbourne Team: 3rd in AEGON Team Tennis County division 1; Mixed Under 10’s Tennis Eastbourne Team: Winners of AEGON Team Tennis division 1; Under 12 Girls Tennis Eastbourne Team: Winners of AEGON Team Tennis division 1; Under 14 Girls Tennis Eastbourne Team: Winners of AEGON Team Tennis division 1.

Special Achievement Awards: Matt Edwards, Kate Smith, Natasha Forbes and Mariella Blackwell.