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“Anyone for tennis” has become a familiar phrase at Newsome High as just about everyone there is always eager to play.
Over the last few years tennis has become massive at the school thanks to the hard work and dedication of tennis coach Tim Jenkins.
Headteacher Paul Gittins said: “Tim is a determined and very competitive man and immediately saw that the opportunity to create something very special was obvious. We now have a tennis academy where every student in the school plays tennis and a scholarship programme which we are told is the only scheme of its type in a State school in the UK which has 24 current students who are seen as gifted and talented. This will grow each year as a new 12 students are selected from our year 7 students.
“Our tennis teams monopolise the local leagues and over the past three years we have reached the West Yorkshire Aegon Schools’ Finals held in Leeds. All year round after school you can see our students playing tennis and particularly in the summer where there is a daily mad rush to get a space on the courts.
“We are regularly held up as an example of good practice nationally and Kirklees, particularly Huddersfield, should be extremely proud that a local school can do this with the right ideas and a man like Tim.”
Paul added: “Alongside these achievements with Tim you can’t just think you get what you see because you would totally underestimate the range of things that he can do – and do well. A fabulous artist, musician, presenter, form tutor and sports coach. Tim is committed to the school and will get involved in all areas of school life if he thinks he can add value. He has the kind of approach that enables him to relate well to young people and get the best out of them. Students respect him and he is popular with the children.
“Tim has become a cover supervisor in school and juggles his tennis coaching hours with school work. He presents our Newsome TV channel and performs in all our school productions and performances and even helps coach our year 7 football team.
“It is a privilege to have Tim on our staff and I would say that his impact on the school, students and staff has been and continues to be phenomenal. He still competes to a high standard of local tennis and has had a massive impact on creating generations of budding tennis stars in the local communities.
“Our students leave to go into our communities with a lifelong love of tennis and it takes a real personality to do that!”
Tim, 53, of Brighouse, is a level 4 Lawn Tennis Association coach – and the highest level, 5, coaches professionals.
He said: “Most of the pupils at Newsome would never be able to afford to use a tennis club and these courts are open to the community at evenings and weekends.”
Tim is married to Catherine and they have a 15-year-old son, George.
Sport in Flockton is synonymous with one man – and that’s Harry Marsden.
The 68-year-old has dedicated his spare time since 1961 to helping others both within his community and wider afield.
He was nominated by Hopton resident Roy Dobson who said: “Harry has been active in all aspects of sport that take place in the village from not only playing in both Flockton’s sports, football and cricket but also coaching many juniors in both team games.”
Harry’s amazing number of sports roles take some listing and make impressive reading.
He became secretary of Flockton Cricket Club in 1961 and Flockton Football Club in 1969 – posts he still holds to this day – and has played for both teams.
He has been the Flockton representative on the Huddersfield and District Association Football League since 1972 and is a life member of the association. He has also been vice president of Huddersfield FA for 20 years.
Harry was the junior football league registration secretary from 1993 to 2006 and then became treasurer and continues in that role.
He’s kitman for Flockton Football Club and groundsman too, marking out the pitch and putting up the nets and he’s also groundsman at the cricket club. He’s been a cricket umpire for the last 15 years and is know to referee some football games too.
He is on the management board of Huddersfield Central Cricket League and a life member.
Harry is married to Eva and the couple have two sons, Lee and Gary, a daughter Amanda and five granddaughters.
Away from sport he’s secretary/treasurer of Flockton Green Working Men’s Club and has been for 10 years.
Roy added: “Over Harry’s long involvement he has, without doubt, inspired many of Flockton’s youth to be involved in these team sports within the village and to be team players. Harry’s dedication to all his voluntary jobs within his village of Flockton where he was born is second to none and he is a very well respected pillar of society within his community. No man in my view has earned and deserves such an award more than Harry.”
In 1993 Shaun Townend went to help a friend out at Westend Juniors football club ... and never left.
And even though he has become a family man since then he’s always stayed loyal to the club, coaching countless thousands of youngsters how to play football and now his own son helps him at Westend!
Shaun, 49, of Dalton, is married to Fahmeda and the couple have one son, 13-year-old Harun and two daughters, 15-year-old Yasmin and Alia, 11.
Since he started at Westend Shaun has become a member of the management committee at the RCD Huddersfield and District Junior Football League, a vice-president there and also represents Westend on its council committee. He’s a member of the FA District League Council as well.
Westend Juniors was founded in June 1991 by Ricky Thwaites and at its first ever training session just four boys turned up. Now it has 400.
Ricky said: “Although Shaun did not have a child of his own at the club when he joined us his support for Westend knew no bounds. He was soon involved with coaching various age groups and doing many unseen tasks behind the scenes.
“Thanks in no small measure to his hard work, Westend Juniors became the first club in the West Riding to become an officially approved FA Mini Soccer Centre. A few years later the club was awarded FA Charter Standard status and has since become a Charter Standard Development Club.
“Shaun has been my right hand man for 21 years and is always there for me when I need help or advice. He is a very popular manager at the club and the kids think the world of him.“
The club continues to support a village in South Africa by sending them kit, boots, trainers and any other items that have been donated by players and their families.
Shaun said: “I just love teaching children how to play junior football and watch them developing the right attitude for the game.”