Students are ace volunteers for pro tennis tournament!

28 November 2017

Students from Shrewsbury Colleges Group have spent their spare time volunteering for the AEGON Pro-Series Tennis Tournament.

At the beginning of the month The Shrewsbury Club hosted the AEGON Pro-Series Tennis Tournament for another year. This event has been supported by student volunteers from the Shrewsbury Colleges Group for the past 3 years and eager students jumped at the chance to do it again.

Volunteering programmes are run throughout the year at Shrewsbury Colleges Group. These extra-curricular opportunities are not only fun to get involved with, but can also help with student’s UCAS applications or CVs.

Students from all three campuses rolled up their sleeves and helped out on the days. Mollie Ann Grant, 20 and Will Hunter, 20 both from London Road Campus, worked as sound engineers and had the important task of providing music throughout the final. Lucy Phillips, 16 and Olivia Myers, 17, both from English Bridge and Welsh Bridge Campus, manned the coffee stand and served spectators and guests with barista style coffees. Finally, Tomos Harrison, 18, from English Bridge and Welsh Bridge Campus was able to capture all these spectacular volunteering moments with his photography skills.

However, students didn’t just help out on the day; a group of Carpentry students form London Road Campus made a timber frame tunnel that would be used for the players and officials to enter the court. This construction was requested by Dave Courteen, Managing Director of The Shrewsbury Club, who was very pleased with the final outcome.

The AEGON Pro-Series Tennis Tournament is where many players start their professional careers and in the past the likes of Heather Watson, Laura Robson and Johanna Konta have all played at The Shrewsbury Club. Each of the men’s and women’s tournaments attract around 1,000 people from all over UK and Europe to Shrewsbury. This year saw Anna-Lena Friedsam and Lesley Kerkhove in the final, with Anna lifting the trophy and a prize of £25,000.

Lorraine Burrage, Agency Project Co-Ordinator, said: “I am always really proud of all the students at Shrewsbury Colleges group who give up their free time to help at events like this. I would like to thank each and every one of them for working within their local community and proving to be great ambassadors for the college.”

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