GXLTC Academy Awards 2014 held on 24th January 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Twelth Academy Awards were presented in the Clubhouse to the junior players involved in Tennace GXLTC Bull Lane’s Academy and Tennace Performance Mini Tennis. Everyone had a great evening; celebrating 2014 and seeing a tremendous workout by British number 1 Heather Watson with emphasis on attitude. This was exemplified by Assistant coach of the year Mark McGuinness and the new self-discipline procedure described by Tennace coach Dan Shepherd. A number of juniors spoke as the awards were presented.

Tennace Director and Head Professional Andy Scholfield thanked Treasurer Amanda Hobbs, parents, players, and Tennace Coaching Team James Martin, Alex Allen, with welcoming great new coaches Dan Shepherd and Peter Bresnen; an excellent Tennace coaching team available to all levels of players. Tennace GXLTC Acadedemy continues to help subsidise younger performance players with a new Aspirantes Programme initiated in September 2012. 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 13th year of the Academy and has been a year of re-growth, with more playing opportunities many more tournaments and a great new Coaching Team.  The new Junior Ambassador is James Alex Onn (18 John Hampden school). He is an excellent role model for the club having trained at the Club for over 9 years. He has assisted with the Tennace Coaching Programme for four years. However he has progressed so well that he now even leads the coaching with some Mini Tennis squads. 

Will Evans (11 St Joseph’s School), Manasi Kumar (11 St Joseph’s School), Carys Evans (15 Dr Challoners High School) and Elliot Hobbs (14 John Hampden School) won ‘Best Intensity in training’. The more intense players are in training the quicker they will improve!  

Male Player of the year was Dan Buckeldee who played consistently well in all tournaments during 2014; he also won with team of the year U14 Boys County Champions which included Elliot Hobbs, George Emmins, James Eykyn and Sam Grafham. Laura Wilson (Dr Challoners High School) was the female player of the year. She competed in 123 matches during 2014; she also won most improved attitude! Laura’s contribution emphasised how playing matches really helps a players mental application to their tennis. 

Other County division1 Aegon Team Tennis winners: Green  (under 10), and Red (under 8) A and B teams:  Wiehan Van Wyk (12) (Thorpe House School) achieved most improved player; Aneka Patel (Maltmans Green) competed in 177 matches and Seb Mellows (Gerrards Cross C of E School) competed in 212 matches won Tournament 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 tournament tours to be organised for 2015. The Tennace at GXLTC club opportunities continues to offer 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 Award.




Other nominees

Junior Ambassador

The junior who has given most to the club.

Alex Onn

Alex Onn, Freddie Crooks, Oliver Ryan

Female player of the year . Based on results.

Laura Wilson

Molly Hawker,  Sasha Southgate, Aneka Patel, Laura Wilson, Ashni Sangha

Male player of the year . Based on results.

Dan Buckeldee

Dan Buckeldee, Zac Orr-Ewing, Jacob Mellows

Best intensity in training under 12

Will Evans

Manasi Kumar

Sam Hirst, Will Evans, Ryan Teasdale, Ollie Latham

Manasi Kumar, Freya Sherlock, Lottie Janssen, Isabella Jackson

Best intensity in training over 12

Carys Evans

Elliot Hobbs

Aisling McCarthy, Carys Evans, Laura Wilson, Ella Hudson       

 James Cairns, Elliot Hobbs, Sam Grafham, Dan Buckeldee,

Team of the year      :

Boys U14 A Team County Champs

Green A Will Mercer, James Mason, Will Evans, Ed Hunt  Red A Zac Elijah Benji Orr-Ewing, Tom Line Red B Ashni Sangha, Aneka Patel, Ella Carby, Amber Razzaq  U14 Boys Dan Buckeldee, Elliot Hobbs, Sam Grafham, James Eykyn, George Emmins

Most improved player

Laura Wilson

Carys Evans,Wiehan Van Wyk, Laura Wilson,


Tournament player - Most committed competitor    based on most matches played

Seb Mellows

Aneka Patel


Most improved attitude

Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson, Carys Evans, Raj Uppal

Most committed member non Academy

Ethan Powell

Ethan Powell, Tom Fearn

Mini Tennis Most Committed Green x2

Bjorn Tewes Jacob Mellows

Jacob Mellows, Charlie Goutkin-Smith, Bjorn Tewes

Mini Tennis Most Improved Green

Dominic Hobson

Jonty Hughes- Penny

Dominic Hobson, Jonty Hughes-Penny

Mini Tennis Best Effort Green x2

Jonty Hughes-Penny  Poppy Hinds

Jonty Hughes-Penny, Connor Peters, Seb Mansfield, Poppy Hinds

Mini Tennis Most Committed Orange x2

Zac Orr-Ewing

Ella Carby

Robbie Spittal,  Sonny Dalston, Zac Orr-Ewing, 

Aneka Patel, Ella Carby, Ashni Sangha

Mini Tennis Most Improved Orange x2

Robbie Spittal

Ashni Sangha

Sonny Dalston, Rob Spittal, Seb Mellows

Amber Razzaq, Acada Lue-Fong, Elisha Dhillon, Ashni Sangha

Mini Tennis best Effort Orange x2

Elijah Orr-Ewing

Aneka Patel

Robbie Spittal, Evan Thomas, Seb Mellows, Olsen Tewes, JJ Orr-Ewing, Will Diver

Sonny Dalston, Argia Servaes, Aneka Patel, Ashni Sangha, Ella Carby

Mini Tennis Most Committed Red x2

Alex Thomas

Helena Ullyatt

Alex Thomas, Benji Orr-Ewing, Dexter Dalston,

Helena Ullyatt, Anoushka Patel

Mini Tennis Most Improved Red x2

Josh Sangha

Anoushka Patel

Alex Thomas, Benji Orr-Ewing, Josh Sangha

Helena Ullyatt, Anoushka Patel, Elodie Martin

Mini Tennis Best Effort Red x2

Dexter Dalston

Emma Servaes

Tim Latham, Alex Thomas, Dexter Dalston

Emma Servaes, Anoushka Patel, Helena Ullyatt, Emma Szlachta

Up and coming

Aspirantes and Pre Aspirantes

Anoushka Patel, Millie Shuttle, iernan Gillard,  Matthew Harris, Ethan Tranter, Gabriel Strutton-Smith, Ben Carby, Josh Fienberg, Zac Peters, Charlie Matthews, Zac Watson, Josh Waldegrave, Alessia McCormick, Maisie Seedel, Robbie Borwick, Max Durkin

Assistant Coaches

Mark McGuinness

Alex Onn, James McCord, Mark McGuinness, Dan Buckeldee

Most helpful Parent Captain

Shirley Wilson, Rachel Mellows, Amanda Hobbs, Martin Carby, Catrin Thomas, Simon Sherlock

Anne Eykyn, Shirley Wilson, Matt Hunt, Neil Mercer, Rachel Mellows, Graham Jackson, Andrew Packman, Tanja Spittal Amanda Hobbs, Sandra Buckeldee, Debbie Dalston, Simon Sherlock, Martin Carby, Catrin Thomas, Amy Orr-Ewing, Rosie Moloney, Tom Fearn, Lara Best,


Andy Scholfield, Tennace GXLTC Academy Director.            For more information contact andy on 07791912490 and see www.Tennace.com.



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