tennis academy receives £3,000 grant boost
Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy has been awarded a £3,000
grant from the Somerset Community Foundation to be used to subsidise
the coaching of talented children.
Edwards, the founder of the group, told Burnham-On-Sea.com this
week she is delighted about the news, which came after a last-minute
offer of grants from them had been known for some time but I had
not realised until just two days before the closing date that
we could still apply," she said.
"I downloaded the application from the Foundation's website
and spent several hours getting all the information needed. I
finished it at 4am on the closing date, and still got up for work
dad, Joseph Montgomery, drove to Shepton Mallet and delivered
it by hand before midday. I was so tired that day, but as you
can see it was worth it. It came at a perfect time for us as funds
were low and this gived us some breathing space for a few months
while we set up our own new tennis club called 'Nathan Edwards
Tennis' based at King Alfred School's sports centre and with the
use of the public courts."
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are in talks with KASC and already
have a coaching programme designed to start in September. We already
have a new Under 8's group that runs on Wednesdays from 4-5 pm
and are alredy registered with the LTA as a Tennis Club with a
"The club and the coaching will be open to anyone in the
community and will provide coaching groups for all ages. It will
also provide us with the opportunity to look for children who
may have great potential for tennis who may have the chance to
join the academy and benefit from the excellent coaching and opportunity
academy is planning to hold various open days, taster sessions,
coaching sessions and tennis camps over the summer holidays, as
well as a talent ID day.
added: "We will also continue to run events to fund our talented
academy players. We would also like to ask any local businesses
who believe in the promotion of sport for health, the pursuit
of excellence, equal opportunity in sport and the creation of
a level playing field to consider sponsoring the academy and club
which was started on the back of a tragic loss."
Burnham County Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton is set to present
a £250 cheque to the academy on Wednesday evening (June
Academy has also had a great deal of success recently, with members
Oliver Punt (8) and Jonnie Bougourd (8) leading the way in competitions
and now doing well at county level tournaments.
Punt (6), known to all as the 'Rocket', played his first tournament
in Exeter a week after his 6th birthday and won one match in a
high standard group and was given the good sport award for that
Matthew Phillips (7) from East Huntspill did well when he reecently
played his first tournament at Taunton.
four boys recently went to Bath University to compete in a county
level tournament, where all won their matches with Jonnie Bougourd
making the final, which he lost after a closely-fought match.
Thomas was again given the Good Sport award for his great effort
and good attitude, he also won two matches as did Matthew. Oliver
won all his matches but was knocked out by the same boy who Jonnie
lost to in the final. On June 6th Oliver, Matthew and Thomas also
took part in Bath University's Festival of Tennis, where Oliver
came third out of a field of 20 players from several counties.
Academy is also planning a fundraising event on July 3rd when
local band Vermin will play at The Railway pub in Burnham High
Street. Tickets will be £3.00 and will be on sale shortly.