Gerrards Cross Bull Lane awards evening

Friday, February 01, 2013

The Tenth Academy Awards were presented in the Clubhouse to the junior players involved in GXLTC Bull Lane’s Academy and tennace Performance Mini Tennis. Everyone had a great evening; celebrating 2012 and re living the climax of Andy Murray’s first Grand Slam win!

Director and Head Professional Andy Scholfield thanked treasurer Amanda Hobbs, and tennace Coaching Team James Martin, Sam Scowen and Alison Sharp; an excellent tennace coaching team available to all levels of players.  GXLTC Acadedemy continues to help subsidise younger performance players with a new Aspirantes Programme initiated in September. GXLTC Academy and Mini Tennis Performance Squads offer a great opportunity for players to progress to a higher level but they must have the desire to seize the opportunity to play as often as possible. It was not coincidence that the main awards went to players who compete and train the most ! This is the 11th year of the Academy and has been a year of stability. A special presentation of thanks went to Performance Coach Paul Davey who is leaving the club shortly. His expertise has helped many players to develop their tennis to a very high level.  The new Junior Ambassadors are Nick Rennie (18 Wycombe Grammar school) and Izzy Grysztar (18. Chalfont Community College). They are excellent role models for the club having trained at the Club for over 9 years. They both represent the Club at all levels from Aegon Team Tennis, Bucks County Shield and under 18 teams.   Elliot Hobbs (11),  Lavinia Champion (10), James McCord, (16 John Hampden School), Rahil Sachak-Patwa (18, Dr Challoners Grammar)  won ‘Best Intensity in training’. The more intense players are in training the quicker they will improve !       All parents were thanked for all their support and captaincy of teams; awards given to Mrs Amanda Hobbs, Mrs Debbie Dalston, Mr Wayne Cairns, Mrs sandra Buckeldee, Mr Will Coomber.

Male Player of the year was Nick Rennie who became the youngest winner of the GXLTC Men s singles since the 1980’s and significantly the first GXLTC Academy player to win this event in the past 10 years !     Imogen Scarles (12) (Wycombe abbey School) won female player of the year for becoming under 12 County Champion.. The Best Team Category was outstanding this year with seven teams becoming County division winners: under 16 boys, under 12 girls, under 12 boys (two teams), Green  (under 10), Orange (under 9) and Red (under 8) teams:  Dan Buckeldee (12) achieved most improved player; Olivia Mason (11) and Matt Clarke (16) won most committed performers. Mini Tennis awards were presented to over 18 players in categories for ‘Most Committed’, Best Effort in training’ and Most improved. However andy emphasised the coaches were delighted with all players efforts ! Tennace GXLTC Academy will continue to evolve with many tournament tours organised for 2013, at Easter players will compete in Grade 3 tournaments Maidenhead and Rickmansworth. The tennace at GXLTC club opportunities have also increased with the Aegon Team Tennis starting in April, One Day tournaments, Road to Wimbledon and Club Championships starting after Easter.

All players were presented with free T shirts at the end of the Awards.




Other nominees

Junior Ambassador

The junior who has given most to the club.

Nick Rennie,

Izzy Grysztar 

Rahil Sachak-Patwa, Jack Savage, Louise Barrett, James McCord

Female player of the year . Based on results.

Imogen Scarles

Molly Hawker,   , Olivia Mason

Male player of the year . Based on results.

Nick Rennie

Harley Dyer, George Coomber

Best intensity in training under 12

Elliot Hobbs Lavinia Champion

James Gregory, Wesley Adamo,

 Aisling McCarthy, Olivia Stalder,

Best intensity in training over 12

James McCord Rahil Sachak-Patwa

Charlotte Barber,          Ragul Sudhaker

, James Cairns, Matt Clark, Richard Biondini,

Team of the year      :

All equal

Boys U16 Jack savage, Matt Clark, James Cairns, James McCord, Boys U12,  Charlie Spittal, Ollie Lomax, Dan Buckeldee, James Gregory, Rory Marshall, Orange A Grant Bulak, Will Mercer, Ed Hunt, Dom Ritchie


Most improved player

Dan Buckeldee

 James Cairns, Sam Grafham, Tom Packman, Olivia Mason, Alex Hattam

Most improved attitude

Freddy Crooks

 Izzy Grysztar, Edward Crowston

Committed Competitor      x 2

Olivia Mason

Matt Clarke

 Imogen Scarles, Dan Buckeldee,




Non Academy Junior Most Committed

Will Bryant

 Natasha Ewart-Smith, Harry Martin ,

Mini Tennis Most Committed Green       x 2

Henry Hunt,Sarah Ewart-Smith

Tom Fearn, Theo Grant

Olivia Scarles, Manasi Kumar,

Mini Tennis Most Improved Green

Theo Grant, Isabella Jackson

Henry Hunt, James Evans, Jack Campbell, Jamie Davies

Sarah Ewart-Smith, Manasi Kumar,

Mini Tennis Best Effort Green               x 2

Tom Fearn, Manasi Kumar,

Henry Hunt, Grant Bulak, Matt Cheshire

Sarah Ewart-Smith, Isabella Jackson, Ingrid Ravagnan, MacKenzie Thomas

Mini Tennis Most Committed Orange      x 2

Edward Hunt, Louis Basnayake,

William Mercer, Jacob Mellows, Charlie Goutkin-Smith, William Evans,  Lucas Batty,  Freya Sherlock

Mini Tennis Most Improved Orange

Charlie Goutkin-Smith, Freya Sherlock

Seb Los, Marcus Los, Louis Basnayake, James Mason, Alex Lee

Inge Du Toit, Trisha Kumar, Emma Hobson,

Mini Tennis best Effort Orange      x 2

William Evans, Trisha Kumar,

George Coomber, Jacob Mellows

Inge Du Toit, Freya Sherlock, Simran Sidhu

Mini Tennis Most Committed Red

Ella Carby,

Sonny Dalston,

Seb Mellows, Robbie Spittal, Jonty Hughes-Penny, Ross Sinclair,

Alice Crowston, Tilly Nagra,

Mini Tennis Most Improved Red

Robbie Spittal, Rebecca Nash-Steer,

Matt Doraisamy, Zac Orr-Ewing,

Kirsty Kwayke, Ella Carby, Tilly Nagra

Mini Tennis Best Effort Red      x 2

JJ Orr-Ewing, Argia Servaes,

Seb Mansfield, Robbie Spittal, Seb Mellows, Evan Thomas, Jude Westcott,

Alice Crowston,

Up and coming


 Finn Connolly, Josh Carmichael, Amber Burton, Jessica Gajewska




Best Fitness score

Max Ritchie, Manasi Kumar


Most helpful Parent Captain

Amanda Hobbs, Wayne Cairns, Sandra Buckeldee, Debbie Dalston, Will Coomber,

Rahil, Rob Clark, Trish Crossley-Smith, Jenny Carling, Anne Eykyn, Jane Dyer, Patrick Onn, Sheila McCarthy, Sue Hattam, Andrew Packman, Emma Marshall, Kym Bryant, Katy Crowston, Amanda Champion, Sue Cheshire, John Pearce Mel Brough, Tony Bulak, Neil Mercer, Julie Smith, Rachel Mellows, Marianne Ewart-Smith, Tanja Spittal

Andy Scholfield, tennace GXLTC Academy Director.  For more information contact Andy on 07791912490 and see



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