Clarke and Walters honoured by Queen for providers to tennis

Tennis ball on the line

Tennis ball on the line

The excellent contributions to tennis of two volunteers from Wales have been recognised by Queen Elizabeth II in her 2020 Birthday Honours’ Record which was printed as we speak.

Stephen Clarke, former Chair of Tennis Wales and LTA Councillor, and Glyn Walters, Head Coach at Garw Valley Tennis Membership, are each to obtain a British Empire Medal (BEM) following a long time of tireless service to tennis.

Each the LTA and Tennis Wales provide their congratulations to Stephen and Glyn on their totally deserved awards in recognition of every part they’ve carried out for our sport and their communities.

Stephen Clarke – for providers to Tennis in Wales

Stephen’s contribution as a volunteer in tennis started in 1987 when he grew to become Secretary of Cardiff Tennis Membership, a job he held for seven years earlier than turning into Chair of the membership for six years.

Whereas sitting on the membership’s committee for a complete of 15 years, Stephen labored onerous to get extra adults and younger folks from the realm into tennis, and to enhance the services obtainable to the area people.

As his involvement throughout the sport grew, Stephen joined the South Wales Tennis Committee from 1988, sitting on the committee till 2014, holding the place of Secretary for six years and Chair for an extra six years.

Stephen additionally joined the board of the Welsh Garden Tennis Affiliation (which might go on to change into Tennis Wales) in 1991, retiring in April 2019 after 28 years, together with six as Chair.

Whereas on the Tennis Wales Board, Stephen made a lot of vital contributions, together with stepping in as short-term Chief Govt for six months. He was additionally accountable for sponsorship, and  raised round £2million to help the event of recent tennis services in Wales, and supply monetary help to a number of the nation’s prime gamers, together with some who went on to compete at Wimbledon.

Stephen Clarke, left, pictured at Tennis Wales awards

Along with his function on the Tennis Wales board, Stephen was additionally a long-serving LTA Councillor, and after being elected in 1996 to characterize Wales he would maintain the submit till 2018, serving on quite a few committees, panels and teams.

In recognition of his service to the game, Stephen was introduced with the LTA’s Meritorious Service Award in 2019, and in addition acquired the Tennis Wales Lifetime Achievement Award.

Reacting to as we speak’s announcement, he stated: “After 33 years of being a tennis volunteer it’s not solely an ideal private pleasure to be honoured on this yr’s Birthday Honours Record however an acknowledgement of the efforts many different volunteers have put in over time to help and develop tennis all through Wales. 

“There are lots of folks over time who deserve recognition in their very own proper for what they’ve carried out for Welsh tennis however for me personally the efforts of Jim Lightbody, Mike Clarke and the late Cynthia Beames stand out and I hope in a roundabout way they will share on this award as we speak.” 

Glyn Walters – for providers to Tennis and to Younger Folks in Garw Valley, Mid Glamorgan

Glyn’s involvement in tennis started almost 50 years in the past in 1973 when he joined the three-court Garw Valley Tennis Membership, one of many oldest tennis membership within the South Wales valleys, happening to change into a valued member of their first group.

He grew to become membership chairman in 1995 and devoted himself to offering for the membership and the younger folks of the group.  He not solely runs teaching classes, but additionally rolls his sleeves as much as assist keep the membership home and taking part in services, placing in numerous hours of unpaid voluntary work for the membership each week.

Garw Valley is a junior focussed membership, which runs a complete teaching and competitors programme for its children, which Glyn co-ordinated, in addition to offering the teaching. 

As well as, he has been concerned with Incapacity Sport Wales festivals, serving to to supply tennis actions for younger folks with a spread of disabilities.

In 2005 Glyn additionally helped to boost £21,000 in direction of resurfacing the courts, and secured the membership’s future by negotiating a 21-year lease on the courts from Bridgend County Borough Council.

Glyn stays Head Coach at Gawr Valley and continues to be deeply concerned within the day after day operating of the South Wales membership, which relies in Pontycymer.


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