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Channel Island champion inspires tennis players


By HUGH RAYMOND, Chairman, Jersey Tennis


qualified LTA coaches carrying out work on behalf of its members and the local community. The three affiliated clubs are very healthy and have not only maintained their membership but also saw a gradual increase in members in 2012


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Contact Details: W: www.lta.org E: hugh.raymond@lta.org.uk T: 07797-730226


In part, this is due to the unbelievable success of our own Channel Islander Heather Watson who in her early years did most of her training in Jersey. With a person like Heather, who has never forgotten her local roots, being regularly spoken about in the national media is a big fillip for local young tennis players.


The question that is always being put to me is whether this could happen again and having seen tennis grow in Jersey over the years the potential to do well here is ever present. The only downside is that they do not face the right competition, which means players have to get off Island on a regular basis. The facilities, the coaches and support


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he LTA have three affiliated clubs in Jersey where there are full time


structures are here, and if a player has the ability and the desire to succeed then anything is possible.


This has been borne out by the success this year of Scott Clayton who won the Under18 national event in London in August. Scott like Heather has come up through the ranks, having played in every age group for his club and Jersey, and will now be moving into the pro tour in 2013.


There have been other successes at different age levels, and with the coaching structure in place these youngsters are monitored to make sure that they get the best possible help and assistance to reach their goals.


In terms of facilities there are more tennis courts in the Island than there is any other sporting facility but this is due to the laying of many courts in the 60’s 70’s and 80’s by private individuals. in terms of tennis being played on a competitive and organised basis this is mainly done at the three affiliated clubs.


Whatever your age, the clubs will provide you and your family and


friends a warm welcome for you to play tennis. The largest of the three clubs is the Caesarean based at Grand Vaux where they have four coaches offering everything from individual lessons, squad lessons and programmes to suit all standards.


The same can be said of the other two clubs who again provide lessons to suit all needs. Grainville tennis club is based near the school at Grainville with the other club Les Mielles based at les Quennevais. It is always worth mentioning that if you are looking to join a club in the Island please explain on your initial visit to the club why you are looking to join and what your expectations are because whilst all three clubs are different they are in competition with each other and they all have something different to offer.


Like all sports in the Island there is a very close link with ESC as it is very important to make sure that the clubs provide a safe environment for youngsters to play tennis. The helpers and volunteers in all clubs go through an annual programme of professional development and the


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