Grantham Tennis Membership and Health club have paid tribute to a “pricey pal”, Richard Edgley, who not too long ago handed away.
Richard’s absolute love of tennis took him from the world of insurance coverage to a profession in tennis teaching and on to the event of all points of incapacity tennis throughout the county.
He discovered this journey vastly rewarding and, as such, performed a really particular half within the cloth, the ethos and the event of Grantham Tennis Membership and Health club.
Richard represented all issues teaching on the membership committee and led the teaching crew for a few years. He was a key member of the event crew which took GTC from a small membership to what it’s at the moment.
He invested most of his time and located his best pleasure on courtroom together with his squads, college students and mates. Encouraging tots to adults to like the sport – as he did – excessive fiving all-comers and establishing the custom of waving on the passing trains. He insisted the entire dad and mom take part on the finish of their kids’s classes with
video games of bodge and rolly-bowly.
With true GTC spirit, Richard, his spouse Jackie and their mates would all the time help themed dinners, membership occasions and quizzes. He liked a quiz – and his information of tennis – gamers, info and figures – was really astonishing. He was fondly often called Stato among the many teaching crew.
From a tennis perspective, his legacy can be within the growth of tennis for all. He by no means differentiated between gamers in wheelchairs, visually impaired gamers or gamers with studying disabilities – it was simply tennis.
He modified the panorama in Grantham, Lincolnshire and nationally, main our membership to the LTA’s Nationwide Incapacity Membership of The Yr Award in 2016.
Richard was celebrated by Lincolnshire Tennis as Growth Coach of the Yr on many events and in 2019 was the recipient ofa Lifetime Contribution Award.
The Lincolnshire Award for Incapacity has been renamed the Richard Edgley Incapacity Award to honour his legacy.
All on the membership will miss his wry humour, mild nature and dedication – to tennis, GTC and all these whose lives have been enhanced by understanding him. The membership sends its like to Jackie and sons Scott, Ross and Craig at this very unhappy
The legacy of Richard’s incapacity programme continues with the information this week that the membership has obtained a grant from the Dan Maskell Tennis Belief.