Tennis Talk: Lord-Hopkins wins Young Coach of The Year

Portsmouth tennis coach Tim Lord-Hopkins who is mentored by Totally Tennis Director Nigel Long was named as the Heather Crouch Young Coach of the year at the UK Coaching Awards 2013, supported by Gillette.

Lord-Hopkins, 21 was presented the prestigious Award at a glittering evening event at the Montcalm, Marble Arch in London last week, which Long also attended. He is also a member of the British Tennis Youth Group (BTYG) which is chaired by former Totally Tennis performance player Harry Stow.

Stow said “Tim is such a deserving winner of this award. A true success story of coach development which I believe is largely down to his enthusiasm and commitment. I feel very proud and honoured to have Tim on the British Tennis Youth Group and his contributions are always valued greatly.”

Lord-Hopkins was awarded the coaching honour after his success developing a community tennis programme at Bransbury Park, in Portsmouth which has given people who might otherwise not play the game, including young people and adults with learning, physical and behavioural challenges, the opportunity to play tennis. Tennis sessions at Bransbury Park are delivered as part of the Respect Programme run by the Pompey in the Community initiative, which is a unique community sports and arts based programme.

Long commented “Congratulations to Tim on winning the Young Coach of The Year award which is thoroughly deserved. He has worked hard and I have enjoyed working with him as his mentor and assessor as part of his LTA apprenticeship.”

The UK Coaching Awards 2013, supported by Gillette, celebrates the role and performances of coaching and coaches at every level, from community coaches to elite coaches. Gillette’s support of the UK Coaching Awards follows its partnership with sports coach UK as part of the Gillette Great Starts’ campaign.  The campaign was introduced to celebrate coaches and inspire the next generation through the offer of grants awarded through the scheme. Gillette recognise that coaching is an essential part of the future successes of sport in the UK and, together with sports coach UK, is committed to supporting and celebrating coaching in the UK.


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