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Serving up success at memorial club

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: April 16, 2011

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DESPITE going quiet recently the tennis club in memory of a Burnham tennis ace is going well with most players doing well at county level.

The Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy, based at King Alfred Sports Centre Highbridge, has several fledgling players including brothers Oliver and Thomas Punt, of Mark.

The academy now runs a Wednesday session at Weston Tennis Club as coach Jamie Allen was recently appointed head coach there.

This means the academy could take two aspiring players from Weston's club, Dominic Boardman, who has played at county level for some time, and Reece Landen, both eight.

The duo were impressed by the academy's facilities.

Harry Burrow, from Avenue Tennis Club in Burnham, has also joined and is benefiting from training.

The academy believes it now has Somerset's strongest orange ball (under-nine) group outside the county centre in Taunton.

The players are: Oliver Punt, Matthew Phillips, Reece Landen, Jonnie Bougourd, Hugo Larkin and Harry Burrow.

Most regularly compete in Somerset, Devon, Gloucester and Avon, with some excellent results. Notably, Oliver has just won the Masters final of the Tony Pryce Orange County Tour.

He has already achieved many accolades and will only turn nine this month, so still has another year to play at the orange level.

Oliver also met Pat Cash in London and told him about his playing and the academy. His brother Thomas, six, is also showing promise.

Meanwhile, Courtney Parsons, 12, who has been with the academy since it began in June 2008 and represented Somerset each year in County Cup matches, has left the academy.

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