Norfolk tennis coach Donna Andrews wins Aegon Coach of the Month award

Donna Andrews, tennis coach.

Donna Andrews, tennis coach. - Credit: Archant

Norfolk tennis coach Donna Andrews has won a national award.

The Norwich High School tennis coach has won the Aegon Coach of the Month award for October for her work as head coach of Tennis For Life.

Andrews started the Tennis For Life scheme 12 years ago and became affiliated with the LTA two years ago.

A statement from the LTA confirming Andrews as the winner of the award said: 'Her commitment and energy is inspirational to all her players, juniors and adults alike.

'This can be seen through her dedication to training tennis leaders, her increased focus with working with people with disabilities and the confidence she instils in people to enable them to play beyond their expectations.

'All this hard work and dedication has meant that Tennis For Life membership has grown 30pc in 2014.'

Andrews describes the Tennis For Life as 'focuses on the mind, body and spirit while enjoying the sport'.

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On receiving the award, Andrews said: 'Winning a national award from the LTA is amazing. I feel extremely proud of the recognition I have received and inspired to continue to develop Tennis for Life for all its members. As a tennis coach I enjoy the coming together with new players of all abilities; working hard together and staying together; and enjoying their progress and success, no matter how small. The future is exciting.'

The award also follows recognition for Andrews at the Norfolk Sports Awards, at The Forum in Norwich last week, organised by Active Norfolk. She was named runner-up in the Inspirational Sports Personality of the Year category, as well as Community Coach of the Year and High Performance Coach of the Year, having won the Community Coach of the Year award in 2013.