Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Ruther­glen Lawn Ten­nis Club is of­fi­cially home to the best coach in Britain.

Jonny Wil­cox, head coach at the Ruther­glen club, re­ceived the UK-wide award - the high­est pos­si­ble ac­co­lade in Bri­tish Ten­nis - at Wimbledon this week.

Jonny was recog­nised for his hard work and en­thu­si­asm which has seen club mem­ber­ship soar to an all-time high of 290 mem­bers.

Aged just 25, he over­sees the work of a team of three other coaches who col­lec­tively de­liver weekly ten­nis lessons to more than 110 chil­dren. Of those, three ju­niors are in­volved in the West of Scot­land county pro­gramme and two in the na­tional pro­gramme.

Jonny mas­ter­minded the club’s spon­sor­ship deal with the McDon­ald’s Ruther­glen fran­chise to fund free ten­nis lessons to hun­dreds of lo­cal chil­dren through the club’s ex­pan­sive schools pro­gramme.

He has also formed an ex­cit­ing part­ner­ship with the Fuse Youth Café, giv­ing chil­dren from the east end of Glas­gow the chance to play ten­nis at Ruther­glen, while up-skilling their work­force to al­low them to de­liver ten­nis as part of their year-round pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties.

A level four coach, Jonny is cur­rently help­ing to de­liver the West of Scot­land county pro­gramme, na­tional train­ing camps and high per­for­mance coach­ing at David Lloyd’s Ren­frew gym.

On Tues­day, at the home of ten­nis, he re­ceived his Ae­gon Bri­tish Coach of the Year award from Leon Smith, Great Britain Davis Cup cap­tain and head of men’s ten­nis for the Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion (LTA).

He said: “It was life chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I’m still in shock from the whole thing.

“To win and to have the LTA en­dorse what I am do­ing in Ruther­glen and the West of Scot­land, it’s the high­est en­dorse­ment I could get. It was so good.

“It is a burst of en­ergy to keep do­ing what we are do­ing, not just me, but the com­mit­tee, mem­bers and the coach­ing team at Ruther­glen.”

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