David Lloyd Leisure Celebrates Young Tennis Stars

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Winners of All Stars Championship Finals 2011

Talented youngsters battled it out on court in the national finals of David Lloyd Leisure’s All Stars Tennis Championship 2011.

The event, held at the group’s Raynes Park club in London on December 11, was the culmination of three months’ competition, beginning with club and then regional finals, and involving more than 1,500 children.

Some 64 youngsters from 28 David Lloyd Leisure clubs took part in the finals, with winners crowned in three categories - green, orange and red. The All Stars programme takes players through the colour-coded system based on age and level.

David Lloyd Leisure’s head of family and programming, Sarah Hobbs, said: “They were all amazing performances, with some fantastic tennis from very young and talented children who had travelled from clubs across the country.

“The parents and children had a fantastic day and enjoyed meeting and playing against competitors they had not met before – we really had an array of talent under one roof.”

The winners and runners-up were:

Green, Boys
Winner: Jacob Fearnley, Edinburgh
Runner-up: Joseph Leather, Bristol Westbury

Green, Girls
Winner: Sofia Khalyaeva, Ipswich
Runner-up: Suzanne Stirling, Dundee

Orange, Boys
Winner: James Thomas, Bristol Westbury
Runner-up : Lucus Askeland, Raynes Park

Orange, Girls
Winner: Freya Hampson-Evans, Raynes Park
Runner-up: Lucia Rizza, Edinburgh

Red, Boys
Winner: Thomas Jefferson, Raynes Park
Runner-up: Toby Bull, Worthing                    

Red, Girls
Winner: Lucy Evans, Lincoln
Runner-up: Olivia Venditto, Worthing

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About All Stars

David Lloyd Leisure offers a range of All Stars exclusive junior coaching programmes, an interactive, fun and rewarding way to introduce tennis, badminton and swimming to the next generation of enthusiasts – with the potential to find Britain’s newest talent.

Tennis All Stars, designed in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), is a revolutionary coaching programme for 3-17 year-olds.

Players progress through a colour-coded system of red, orange, green and yellow based on age and level, and are given the opportunity to compete at almost every stage.

The programme is also supported by the AEGON Mini Tennis Ratings, which helps young players between the ages of four and 10 get the most out of competitive tennis.

About David Lloyd Leisure Group

The David Lloyd Leisure Group operates 80 clubs in the UK and a further 10 clubs across Europe.

David Lloyd Leisure has over 450,000 members and employs 6,000 people. This includes an expert health and fitness team of over 1,800 while it contracts the services of more than 400 tennis professionals.

Across all clubs, David Lloyd Leisure has over 150 swimming pools (of which half are indoor) and offers over 10,000 exercise classes per week. Every week 20,000 children learn to swim at David Lloyd Leisure and 14,000 learn to play tennis. Its racquets facilities are unparalleled with 700 tennis courts as well as 180 badminton courts and 140 squash courts. Additional facilities include health and beauty spas, club lounges with free internet access, crèches, nurseries and specialist sports shops.

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