Carisbrooke Tennis Club were delighted to win the prestigious Club of the Year title at the Tennis Leicestershire annual awards held on Monday night (March 5th).
In a packed conference suite at Welford Road, home of the Leicester Tigers, around a dozen joyful Carisbrooke members were proud to receive the coveted award from guest of honour, Leon Smith, the captain of Great Britain’s 2015 Davis Cup-winning side.
The award committee was impressed with Carisbrooke’s growing membership, investing in indoor courts and success on the court over the past 12 months.
The club thanked secretary John Simpson for his efforts in contributing to this award success, as his enthusiasm and determination were pivotal in driving the nomination process forward and gathering the information needed for the paperwork.
As well as winning the blue riband award on the night, there were plenty of other plaudits for the club on the night.
There were joint winners of the Team of the Year award this year and Carisbrooke had players in both sets of teams. Groundsman, director and long-standing member Paul Hammond was part of the men’s 70s veterans’ side who were crowned national champions while club coach Sam Preston and first-team players Dan Moore and Rob Leck were part of the men’s county team which won Division 4A at the Winter County Cup.
We also collected silverware in recognition of our teams’ efforts on the court in the past year, with several team captains and players there on the night to collect shields, trophies and certificates.
The club picked up awards for:
- The men’s first team winning the Premier League – the fourth title in the past five years.
- The mixed first team winning the summer Division 1 crown.
- The men’s first team, led by first-time skipper Josh Nunn, winning the winter Division 2 title.
- The men’s second team winning the winter league Division 7 title.
- The men’s fourth team winning the summer league Division 5A title.
It was a great night all round, with a fascinating talk from Leon Smith, and rounded off perfectly with the club finally earning the coveted Club of the Year title.