Wetherby tennis coach earns national acclaim from Judy Murray

Aegon Coach of the Year Awards - May '14'Angela Crossley - Club Coach of the Year
Aegon Coach of the Year Awards - May '14'Angela Crossley - Club Coach of the Year

A Wetherby tennis coach who has boosted participation in the sport across the area has earned recognition of the highest order.

Angela Crossley received the Lawn Tennis Association club coach of the year award at a glitzy ceremony at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.

The coach from Wetherby Castlegarth Tennis Club was handed the award by Andy Murray’s mother Judy, who is also the Great Britain Federation Cup captain.

“I am delighted to have it as it’s a really prestigious award,” said Crossley.

“It shows the quality of what we are doing.”

Crossley, originally from Huddersfield, has been head coach at the Wetherby club since 2011 and has also ran tennis coaching at Boston Spa School since 2012.

In the last two years, her tennis coaching programme at the school has risen from no participants, to more than 200.

Crossley took on coaching responsibilities at Boston Spa Tennis Club in April last year and also runs sessions at four other smaller clubs.

She estimated that she now coaches more than 400 budding tennis players.

The 27-year-old added: “When I started in this area, it was quite a closed shop.

“If you were not into the game, there was not a lot on. I wanted the club to feel all encompassing and be available to anybody.

“I want it to be seen as an open doors club.”

In total 29 coaches were shortlisted for a total of seven different awards, with other categories including Coaching in Education Award, Coaching Apprentice of the Year and Performance Coach of the Year.

The overall Coach of the Year will be decided at the LTA annual awards this Autumn.

Judy Murray said: “It’s important to support and recognise our workforce. It is they who will deliver our future.”