Hingham tennis club gets it in the net after winning national award

(L-R): Sam Howlett, head coach at Hingham Tennis Club, with founders Lindsey Read, Emily Cary, and S

(L-R): Sam Howlett, head coach at Hingham Tennis Club, with founders Lindsey Read, Emily Cary, and Simon Underhill. Photo: HInghmam Tennis Club - Credit: Archant

A South Norfolk tennis club has won a prestigious national award.

(L-R): Sam Howlett, Richard Palmer, chairman of Norfolk Lawn Tennis Association, Simon Underhill, Em

(L-R): Sam Howlett, Richard Palmer, chairman of Norfolk Lawn Tennis Association, Simon Underhill, Emily Cary, and Lindsey Read. Photo: Hingham Tennis Club - Credit: Archant

Hingham tennis club were awarded the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Highland Spring Club of the Year at a ceremony at Wimbledon.

The star-studded event, hosted by Andrew Castle, took place on Tuesday, July 4.

Parents Lindsey Read, Emily Cary and Simon Underhill were the driving force behind the club's redevelopment, and raised over £91,000 to create two floodlit courts and a tennis hut; bringing the community together at the Sports Hall in Watton Road.

Lindsey Read said: 'We had no expectation of recognition when we started this project three years ago. It has been such a rewarding process seeing so many people enjoying the courts'.

Jonathan Linder, a coach at Hingham Tennis Club, running a session. Photo: Hingham Tennis Club

Jonathan Linder, a coach at Hingham Tennis Club, running a session. Photo: Hingham Tennis Club - Credit: Archant


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Hingham Tennis won the Norfolk Club Award and the Regional Award before being put forward for the National Award. The LTA Board described them as 'a breath of fresh air'.

Hingham Tennis will receive a £5k facilities grant as part of the prize. Anyone interested in joining, can email: hinghamtennis@gmail.com.

If you live in South Norfolk and have a project you need help to get off the ground, please visit South Norfolk Council's website.

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