Shotley & Benfieldside Tennis Club has been recognised by Sport Works for the work they have done transforming lives through sport throughout County Durham.


Sport Works is one of the 10 partners celebrating the power of sport to benefit society at the inaugural Sport Gives Back Awards which were held in London in March.

The Tennis Club have been awarded the ‘Community Impact Award’ for engaging over 50 disabled children each week in Tennis, many of whom live in areas of socio-economic deprivation




The Club’s volunteer sports coaches have also changed the way they run Club sessions, based upon advice and mentoring from Sport Works’ tutors, to support disabled players to access Tennis on a regular basis.

Neil Cameron from Sport Works said: “Many of the towns and communities in County Durham still face tremendous disadvantages, and many local families simply don’t have the chance to play sport or participate in physical activity.

“This Award is testament to the dedication of the Club’s volunteers and their commitment to engaging more young people into sport.   It is a prime example of how a community sports club can make a significant impact on the wellbeing of local people”.

Sporting legends including Lord Sebastian Coe, Dame Kelly Holmes and Daley Thompson CBE will be amongst the VIPs present at the Sport Gives Back Awards, which will be held at The Royal Institution in London’s Mayfair on March 5 2020.

The awards will pay tribute to the hard-working individuals, groups and organisations across the country who are transforming lives through sport.

Tony Pensom, from Shotley & Benfieldside Tennis Club said: “The impact of taking Tennis out of the Club and into the community has been phenomenal; many of the youngsters we worked with hadn’t previously had the chance to play Tennis, now over 90% are participating in sport on a regular basis.

“The Sport Works team have helped us not only to access funding but also provided us with training to make sure the Club is accessible to everyone in the community”.

Lord Coe said: “It’s with great pleasure that I support the Sport Gives Back Awards. Sport Works is a remarkable organisation and I have been familiar with the work it undertakes for a number of years. When approached about the initiative to create an awards ceremony that celebrates the UK individuals and organisations that use sport to change lives, it immediately resonated with me.

“I believe passionately that sport is the nation’s greatest social worker. Our opportunity to celebrate the people on the front line is vital.”

Other sports stars in attendance at the awards were footballers Lee Dixon and Dion Dublin, rugby’s Jason Robinson OBE and Olympic hockey champion Crista Cullen MBE.

You can read more about the awards here SGB Post Brochure-2 landscape

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