Jason wins coach of the year award
Here are the GLTA award submissions for Jason:
Coach of the Year - Jason Boon
Jason Boon, an LTA Senior Club Coach (level 4), has had a stellar year. He leads a small team at Frampton Tennis Club which provides an extensive range of coaching opportunities for all ages and abilities. Thanks largely to Jason, Frampton punches well above its weight and is now one of the most successful clubs in the county. Prior to the start of the Gloucestershire Summer league, Jason delivered pre-season coaching sessions for each team which helped four of our six teams get promoted.. Additionally, the club fielded two winter league teams and one got promoted. Meanwhile, membership continues to increase largely thanks to Jason – 38 new recruits in 2014, including 15 adults.
Children as young as 2 years old learn to play tennis under Jason’s guidance. He provides an 8-week course for the 2-4 age group and has attracted 30 children. They graduate to courses for 5-16 year olds, and the more advanced juniors also attend extra coaching sessions which Jason supervises. Children from Lakefield Primary School also benefit from reduced coaching fees and Jason has arranged weekly PE sessions on our club courts, which has led to increased interest and participation. Thanks to his efforts and inspiration we have an impressive range of teams - U8 through to U18 - competing in the Gloucestershire AEGON Summer league and we were ranked joint second in terms of the number of teams competing. During school holidays, over 100 children enjoyed tennis and kayaking days - Jason devised the activities and improves the course year on year.
At the adult level, he organises various training courses – for league teams and social improvers – and a bi-weekly adult cardio tennis fitness programme. Additionally, his one-to-one adult sessions have earned him considerable praise. Jason has also ran free ‘open day’ club sessions to attract beginners and also markets the health and social benefits of playing tennis. For the second year running, he project managed a tennis family day which comprised the club tournament finals, a family rounders competition, children’s activities, a prize draw, bar and snacks, and an evening barbeque and awards ceremony.
Perhaps Jason’s most impressive achievement is the work he has done to promote tennis in many local schools. During 2014 he has created a youth coaching programme and delivered it to over 1,000 children at various local primary and secondary schools: Berkeley, Dursley, Eastington, Katherine Lady Berkeley, Kings Stanley, Lakefield, Longney, Rednock, St Andrews, St Josephs, and Wycliffe. He also delivered the LTA Primary Teaching Training course to 20 primary school teachers, and a cardio tennis training course to the Sheldon School PE Department. In all instances the feedback has been extremely positive. The fruits of his labours were in evidence when he staged two inter-school tennis tournaments and participants and spectators commented on the skill levels and sporting conduct of all participants.
Jason is noted for his professionalism and affability – a winning combination. He clearly relishes seeing players improve their game and he goes the extra mile to help them achieve this goal. Away from the court, he has played a key role in promoting better communications via our website and social media, and – as a member of the club committee – he has been at the forefront of membership recruitment and publicity drives.
We are extremely lucky to have such a talented and likeable coach and he deserves wider recognition.