Academy Pays Off

Academy Pays Off

The hard work of the children at the David Lloyd Kings Hill Tennis Academy has paid off, with one of them winning the Kings Hill Tennis Club’s adult men’s singles as well as the Boys 16’s singles.

Budding star James Delaney,16, who joined the Academy last year, won both titles at the recent championship tournament, which was held at Kings Hill’s David Lloyd Centre.

The David Lloyd Kings Hill Tennis Academy provides coaching for children between the ages of four and sixteen and already teaches nearly 350 children.

Coach Shane Theobald, who runs the Academy with Lee Friend, said that it was a tremendous result for someone so young to win the men’s singles.

“James has done exceptionally well and I am sure he will go on from strength to strength,” he said. “He is certainly a talent to watch and, who knows, maybe he will take up the game professionally one day.

“We have some incredible talent in the Academy and in the year since it started we have had some tremendous successes.”

Recent notable performances include Keean Devilliers winning a Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Grade 3 event in the 9 and unders; Matthew Summers winning numerous LTA Grade 3 and 4 events in the 12 and unders as well as reaching the final stage of qualifying at the national championships and David Brown winning three LTA Grade 4 events in the 16/18 and unders.

The Kings Hill Tennis Academy is sponsored by Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd and residential development co-ordinator Susan Davies was on hand to present the trophies after the championship tournament.

“As the developer of Kings Hill, we understand the importance of engaging with the community we are helping to create as a vital aspect of ‘placemaking’ and I was delighted to be asked to present the prizes,” she said. “The Academy is a great asset and it is great to see that so many children have joined. It takes children from the age of four and, starting so young, maybe Kings Hill will produce a Wimbledon star of the future.”

The winners of the various categories in the David Lloyd Club Championships were:

Men’s singles – James Delaney
Boy’s 16s – James Delaney
Boy’s 14s – Spencer Alderton
Girl’s 14s – Emily Watts
Mixed singles 10s – Matthew Fairway
Mixed singles 9s – Keean Devilliers
Mixed singles 8s – Ryan Theobald

The David Lloyd Kings Hill Tennis Academy is in the process of applying for a Lawn Tennis Association Performance Club Accreditation which would further raise and enhance the profile of the club. It operates from within David Lloyd Kings Hill and can be accessed by children who are members of the club. There are talent spotting days throughout the year and anyone interested in finding out more should contact Shane Theobald or Lee Friend on 01732 222350 or email

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