"King Cup" Club of the Year 2015

Wildmoor Spa League Club of the Year Bidford-on-Avon

Last Updated: Aug 10, 2015 09:21am
Bidford-on-Avon, Stratford-on-Avon
By Corin Bishop
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Wildmoor Spa League Club of the Year Bidford-on-Avon 2015-25

The League Secretary of the South Warwickshire Summer Tennis League, Corin Bishop announced that the "King Cup" will be awarded to Bidford-on-Avon Tennis Club with the title "Club of the Year" in 2015.

They are the first club to receive this award twice in the history of the league.  This decision was based first by eliminating from the 22 clubs in the league those who did not enter the Junior League, which left ten.  Then any that had been fined or docked points for rule infringements or fielding only one pair during the current season of the Men’s league and caused problems for the league administrators were excluded, which left just four. All four of the remaining clubs had won the award before, Bidford-on-Avon the inaugural winners in 2004, Stratford-on-Avon who won in 2009, HDA Redditch who won in 2012 and Littletons who took the title in 2013.

Bidford have been involved with the league with at least two officials on the committee since its inauguration 26 years ago.  Even today there are still two in Malcolm Dewsbury and Paul Haffner who have served seventeen years and thirteen years respectively on the league committee.  Malcolm is still Chairman of the club as well as League Treasurer and Paul is a past Bidford Committee member and still Division Three League Organiser.  Another past member of the league committee who served for seven years and is currently Bidford’s membership secretary is Simon Price.  Bidford have also supplied their courts free of charge for the league’s junior cup play-off  finals for the first ten years of the competition. 

Both Bidford A and B Teams in Divisions Four and Five had unimpeachable records this season and apart from a junior pair fielded two women’s sides.  Both men’s teams received nominations for the Fair Play Award due to their after match hospitality and friendliness to their visiting teams.  For all these reasons Bidford-on-Avon Tennis Club is fully deserving of their title Club of their Year 2015.


Photo is of Bidford-on-Avon Club Members at their Salford Road Pavilion.


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