A stalwart of Cullercoats Tennis Club for more than 35 years has been honoured.
Maureen Murphy won The Gordon Brewis Service To Tennis Award at the annual Northumberland LTA Awards 2015.
A tennis player herself, Maureen became involved in junior tennis through the participation of family members and became effectively a volunteer coach for youngsters, encouraging and promoting junior tennis in the club.
She has performed a wide range of tasks for the club, turning her hand to anything which has needed doing.
In particular she has acted as match secretary for many years organising the fixtures for nine senior men’s and ladies’ teams, eight veterans’ teams and many junior teams on her club’s three courts.
This is an extremely difficult task requiring careful planning to accommodate all the fixtures whilst retaining sufficient court time for the club’s more than 250 members.
Maureen, a former teacher, has also played a huge role in supporting the Northumberland & Durham League by serving for many years as a representative for Northumberland clubs on the league’s executive committee.
In this capacity she has brought a huge amount of wisdom and experience to the league’s affairs, offering practical advice and support on the issues which arise from running such a large competitive structure involving nearly 240 teams from 34 clubs.
This award is made in memory of Gordon Brewis, who passed away in 2002, and who gave so much to Northumberland tennis as chairman and treasurer and who was instrumental in the financing of the Indoor Tennis Centre which bears his name.