Devon LTA Coach of the Year helps Seaton Ladies to second successful winter league season

PUBLISHED: 08:21 03 March 2015 | UPDATED: 08:21 03 March 2015




Seaton’s adult and junior performance coach, Derek Blackmore, was recently recognised as Devon LTA’s Coach of the Year, writes Belinda Bawden.

Talented junior player Bella Brown was awarded County Colours for her services to county tennis and for her part in Devon’s victory in the National Under 18s Aegon Tennis County Cup and promotion last year.

The Pay and Play coaching sessions at Seaton Tennis Club have welcomed large numbers of adults keen to improve their tennis skills.

Coach Derek Blackmore encourages team players with fun, energetic doubles coaching sessions and he fosters tennis social gatherings, organising club tournaments, tennis weekends and holidays overseas.

He has, in addition, over many years, supported and encouraged many young players and coaches beginning their tennis careers, including Ben Elliott who won Devon LTA Coach of the Year in 2012 and is now the Performance Coach at Bath University and Emma Hurst, currently competing in both university and adult open tournaments. Emma reached the quarter finals of the Aegon British Tour in Corby last week and was the only player to take a set from the number two seed until she lost a closely fought final, despite being the only student competing against full time tour players!

Underlining the value of the Blackmore coaching at club level, Seaton ladies B team is on its way to success at the top of Division Three of the Exeter and District Winter League, following the spectacular progress of the Ladies A team in leading Division Two.

Both teams are currently 19 points ahead of their nearest rivals, meaning the ladies will reach the top two divisions in just two years in the Winter League.

Seaton Tennis Club has a full range of junior, teen and adult coaching programmes, ranging from beginners to performance standard. There are seven club sessions at different times during the week with adult beginners and intermediate coached Pay and Play sessions twice a week. New sessions are planned from Easter including Cardio Tennis and Tennis Xpress for adult beginners.

The LTA Great British Tennis Weekend will be held at Seaton on Saturday, May 16, to welcome anyone interested in tennis to join existing members in playing and finding out what the club has to offer.

There are over 100 juniors at Seaton with coaching sessions catering for all ages and abilities from young Mini Red beginners to performance level teens competing at county and national levels.

For information about coaching and the junior programme, please contact Head Coach, Jason Martin on 07931 743168 or email for details.

For more general information about Seaton Tennis Club, please visit our website or contact Membership Secretary, Jeremy Warner , on or 07973 506312.

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