The Queen’s Club Foundation are extremely proud to have learned that two of our grantees, Ian Vidgen and Mark Bullock, have both won LTA Awards Development Coach of the year 2021 for their respective regions. As regional winners both coaches have been shortlisted for the national competition with the winner announced on Thursday 24 June at 8pm via the LTA’s YouTube channel.
Ian has been a grantee of the Foundation for two years running disability tennis sessions and tennis in schools on behalf of Penzance Tennis Club. You can read more about these projects by clicking here. Ian was very busy during Covid-19 running online sessions for people to remain active.
“I feel very honoured to receive such a prestigious award. I’m very fortunate to work with such a great team of coaches and the backing of a fantastic committee. Thank you everyone that nominated and voted for me”
The Foundation was introduced to Mark in early 2020 and we have formed an extremely positive relationship with him. Mark was the Head Coach for several of our grants last year including wheelchair tennis sessions with Choice International; pop-up tennis with Barons Court Project; and VI Tennis with Metro Blind Sport.
“The work over the last year wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration of so many partners including the Queen’s Club Foundation. I would like to thank Choice International, Stuart Wilkinson, The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust, Metro Blind Sport, Bright Ideas for Tennis, Barons Court Project & all the other organisations & people that supported the delivery of inclusive tennis in different & innovative ways in 2020 & the early part of 2021.”
As the winners of the LTA Middlesex County Disability Award the Foundation are really proud to see two of our coaches’ work, related to our grants, be acknowledged by the wider community. We wish both Ian and Mark the best for the national award and look forward to continuing our strong relationship with them both.