Rhiwbina Tennis Club has been named Club of the Year at the Tennis Wales awards last night (Jan 28th).
A memorable 2016 for the club saw the visit of both the Davis Cup Trophy, and the then Prime Minister, David Cameron.
Rhiwbina also became the first Welsh club to stage a Seniors ITF world-ranking event, involving over 60 players from Wales, England, Scotland, New Zealand and Hong Kong.
Membership rose by 25% to a club record 430 due to initiatives such as Tennis for Kids.
Rhiwbina’s coach Tom James was also a finalist in the coach of the year award, but missed out to David William of Swansea TC.
Rhiwbina received an additional award – a plaque to mark its hosting the Davis Cup Trophy Tour.
The ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Swansea was hosted by TV presenter and tennis enthusiast, Arfon Haines Davies.
“These annual awards recognise our most dedicated and talented – on and off the court, especially those who make it possible for thousands to enjoy tennis in Wales every week,” said Tennis Wales chief executive Peter Drew.
“We were again able to reflect on a very successful year for Welsh tennis – winning the Tri Nations title, hosting the historic Davis Cup Trophy tour, and many individual successes at home and abroad.
“Schools tennis has continued to grow in popularity, and tennis is now one of the most popular and most played sports at schools across Wales. In 2016 we also introduced the new ‘School of Tennis’ programme, which is providing a great new opportunity to develop tennis in schools who would not normally be able to offer the sport.
“At the same time, membership at our tennis clubs in Wales has grown as has the number of teams playing league tennis.
“Meanwhile, disabilities tennis in Wales continues to grow – with individual and team success and with Wales hosting important competitions.”