LTA Award Winners 2022 - what a club !


Somer Valley Tennis has been named the winner of the Connecting Communities Award by Avon Tennis & LTA for the South & South West.

The LTA-backed award is based on criteria such as community engagement, positive social impact and make tennis safe, welcoming, accessible and inclusive.

Somer Valley was put forward with other county winners to a regional judging panel for the south and south-west and were successful at the regional judging panel in April.  These awards recognise and champion the people who deliver tennis locally in their communities  

Avon Tennis secretary Clive Sampson said: “The standard of entries this year was really high and I would like to congratulate all the winners. It is heartening to reward those who put so much effort into providing opportunities for others to play and enjoy tennis.”

Somer Valley Tennis are the resident club based at Writhlington Tennis Centre and are also the court operators for Farrington Gurney, Farmborough and Timsbury, plus access the courts at Chilcompton.  Said Mandy Stonier chair of SVT ‘this is an amazing award for a small club such as ours, to be recognised nationally is acknowledgement for all the hard work that the SVT committee and trustees plus the village trustees and volunteers put in, maintaining and managing the courts for the residents and local community to use’. 

Somer Valley Tennis achieved charitable status in 2022 and are looking to move forwards by increasing its membership plus looking at other opportunities around the Somer Valley area to bring tennis further into the community.

'The contributions the nominees have made to the sport are tremendously positive. We are delighted to celebrate their amazing dedication to the game and all they do for their communities' Scott Lloyd on regional LTA Tennis Award winners