On 8th March 2019, over 180 tennis enthusiasts gathered together at Moseley Rugby Club in Birmingham, to celebrate the performances and work of players and volunteers across the county at Warwickshire Lawn Tennis Association’s WALTA Awards 2019.  One of this year’s success stories was club member Nick Seale, who took home the prestigious Volunteer of the Year trophy, thanks to 20 years of service, volunteering for Leamington Lawn Tennis & Squash Club.

Nick has tirelessly run the monthly singles tennis ladders at the club since October 1999, facilitating competitive play for over 90 players across all ages, gender and ability.  When he took over, the system was completely paper-based and involved handwriting the lists each month. Thanks to Nick, the system is now electronic and very simple for members to use, however, he still spends several hours each month, working out results, making sure players are where they should be on the ladder and dealing with all enquiries.

Janette George, Tennis Chair, nominated Nick and believes he is extremely deserving of this recognition. She said: “Nick has played a huge part in the success and growth of our friendly club over the last 20 years, and I’m delighted his efforts have now been formally acknowledged.  Nick manages the competition every month, with a great deal of charm and a very welcoming smile and these days, he doesn’t even play in the ladder, so there is no real personal benefit to him! He simply does it for the love of the game”.