Former Totally Tennis Performance player Harry Stow has been voted as the chairperson of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) British Tennis Youth Group (BTYG).
Harry Stow, Chairperson of the British Tennis Youth Group
Stow, 22 played in the Performance Squads at the indoor centre as a teenager and also represented Queen Mary’s College (QMC) when the team qualified for the National College Finals in Hertfordshire, finishing 15th in the country overall, lead by QMC PE teacher and Tennis Team Manager Sarah Goldson.
Goldson said ” I was delighted to read about Harry’s position within the newly formed LTA Youth Group. He made a fantastic contribution to the QMC Tennis Team and was always very supportive of his team mates. He was part of the QMC team who gained a place in the Glanvill Cup National Finals event, so it is great to see him continuing his involvement in the game.
Stow commented “Sarah was a fantastic support to the team and also organised trips to the Royal Albert Hall and Wimbledon which definitely gelled us as a team!”
Keeping up his love of the game, Stow took his LTA Coaching qualifications. He studied Sports Coaching and Development BA (Hons) at the University of Winchester and played for the University 1st team for three years in the BUCS league and competitions. He then became the President of Winchester Student Union and now works as a Senior Student Recruitment Officer for The University of Winchester.
Stow and his fellow British Tennis Youth Group members
Stow said “I have been involved in coaching since the age of sixteen and I am an LTA Level 2 coach. I have always had opinions about British Tennis and ideas about how to boost participation. I was delighted to see the LTA wanted to form a body of young people to consult on future LTA strategy. The British Tennis Youth Group is full of such inspiring and enthusiastic individuals, I know we will work effectively to show many more people just how great tennis is!”
The new BTYG met for the first time last month, which marked the start of their two years as the official consultative body of young people working with the LTA and the Tennis Foundation. It’s a diverse group of thirteen young people, ranging from the ages of 16 – 25, who are enthusiastic about tennis and sport in general. The group travelled from far and wide across the country to attend the first meeting where they got straight to work, voting in Stow as Chairperson and Oliver Biles as vice for the first year. They started work on the strategies which include rewarding and recognising young volunteers, creative and achievable ideas to keep young people motivated to play tennis, retain them in the game and involved with volunteering. Their objectives are centred on four key areas, including working with national teams at the National Tennis Centre, helping with tennis events and conferences for young people, supporting local projects in their areas and management of a Youth Legacy Fund.
As reported on the LTA website Stow said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the group, what a team we’ve got and so many ideas! I’m honoured to be representing such inspiring young people and can’t wait to get started”
Stow in full flow at the first meeting of the BTYG
Tom Gibbons, Head of Education added “It’s been an inspiring weekend, with so much positivity and forward thinking from this high quality group. We’re looking forward to working with them over the coming years to ensure that young people’s views are embedded across British Tennis going forwards.”
Nigel Long, Tennis Director and Totally Tennis founder said “This is such a great idea and fantastic that a former Totally Tennis player is not only involved but is chairperson. The ethos at the club over the past twenty years has always been about retaining players in the game whether it’s as a coach, a volunteer or behind the scenes. Congratulations Harry!”
To find out more about the BTYG visit the home page http://www.lta.org.uk/youthgroup
The group are looking for feedback from young people aged between 16-25 about their involvement in tennis and would love to hear from anyone on Twitter about the great work that’s going on in the community. Tweet @BritishTennis and use #YGTennis