There was a double celebration in the south of the county as the Bucks Indoor Tennis Centre recently marked its 30th anniversary, whilst it was also the centenary of the Buckinghamshire Lawn Tennis Association. 

To mark the occasion, tributes were paid to several members of the original project committee who were present or represented by their families.

During the day there was a mixed doubles tournament where 14 clubs took part.

The winners were Gail Merrison and Joe Bixley from Princes Risborough Tennis Club, whilst the runners-up were Di Walker and Arran Wise from Wooburn Park Tennis Club.

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Additionally, Sandi Procter, President of the Lawn Tennis Association, who had been visiting clubs in the county during the weekend, presented British Tennis Awards to several club volunteers. 

Bucks Free Press: Several games of tennis were played to mark the celebration Several games of tennis were played to mark the celebration (Image: NA)

Joanna Hale and Jean Kelly (Little Chalfont Tennis Club) were Volunteers of the Year, the Club of the Year was Lacey Green & Loosely Row (representatives on either side of Sandi Proctor in the photo) and Simon Reynolds (Chesham 1879 Tennis Club) received a Lifetime Achievement award. 

There was also a special award for Rosemary Badman, who is soon to retire as President of Bucks LTA, marking more than 30 years of involvement with Buckinghamshire County tennis and management of the tennis centre.

Rosemary told the Free Press: “It was an amazing day.

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“In the early days when we first opened a four-court indoor centre, many people thought we’d struggle and there were times when we did.

Bucks Free Press: Many awards were also handed out to several volunteersMany awards were also handed out to several volunteers (Image: NA)

“But we’re proud of the fact that we’re still providing some brilliant facilities.”

The centre, which caters to people of all ages, is situated on the grounds of Cressex Community School and is owned by Bucks LTA. 

It also had a huge refurbishment in the summer of 2022.