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Tennis: Mold Tennis Club celebrate successful year

MOLD Tennis club has had an outstanding year as its young stars blossomed into powerful forces on-court.

Tristan Rochfort showed just how dedicated the club is to training up the next generation of coaches as he won the Welsh Tennis Leader/Assistant of the Year award.

He has put in more than 200 hours of volunteer work and started taking his Tennis Leaders Award a year ago.

Since then he has gone on to do his level one coaching qualification and a competition organisers course and he helps with Saturday morning sessions as well as at mini-tournaments.

Mold were also nominated for Welsh club of the year but the award went to Abergavenny Tennis Club.

Nevertheless the club celebrated not just Tristan’s qualification as a tennis leader, but five other young developing coaches in Gwyn Davies, Mark Adams, Gareth Vale, Matthew Watts, Vanessa Malia and Lauren Davies.

It is not just on the coaching side that Mold has had success however.

On court this relatively small club has had some big wins.

At the North Wales County Closed Championships at Wrexham’s North Wales Regional Tennis Centre, the club had victories in almost all the age categories, a testament to the tireless dedication and enthusiasm of the players and coaches.

Matthew Sharp was the star performer, winning the under 14s and U16s titles in Wrexham.

Younger sister Laura Sharp also got her hands on some silverware, as she finished second in the eight-and-under category.

Mold were guaranteed a title in the U9s as the final was played out between clubmates Lucie Hogg and Beca Hughes, Hogg emerging victorious.

Nathan Caines brought the U10 boys title to Mold and the U12 girls belonged to Mold’s Rachel Yates.

Head coach Vicki Broadbent was thrilled with how the players performed.

“They have done us proud,” she said. “Especially considering we only have outdoor facilities.

“The players’ commitment and hard work was second to none and when young players then decide to train as coaches it means the club has some sustainability to grow and be ever more successful.”