The West Wight Tennis Tournament was held on Sunday 7th July in aid of South Wight Area Youth, raising over £2,500 for the charity.

The annual event is for mixed doubles and for 2019 was held at Westover Park by kind permission of John and Caroline Weeks.

Despite the early light rain play commenced on 7 courts across the area, after which a well-deserved lunch was served to the competitors and their guests. Many local businesses donated food and drink for the tournament lunch.

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At the lunch, guests were welcomed by John Clarke in the absence of the organiser Chris Goodman, who was unable to attend due to illness. A big thank you went out to Chris Goodman who had, as usual, made excellent arrangements.

Andy Dorning, Lead Youth Worker at SWAY, said a few words about the work of the organisation. He outlined that the charity gets shoulder to shoulder with young people and their families at times of need but also on a regular basis to build relationships that inspire and motivate them through positive examples and experiences to enable them to become involved in their communities.

After generous helpings of salmon and coronation chicken, followed by meringue, fruit and cream and zuccotto served by the young people of SWAY, there was a brief chance for conversations and any questions to follow up on.

Then the finalists were off to ‘centre court’ to decide the winner for 2019. The winning pair was David Richards and Louise Brading.

The tournament raised a total of £2,531 which will go towards continuing the great work in the South Wight area.

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SWAY would like to thank all those involved in the West Wight Tennis Tournament who made it such an enjoyable event and a huge success that will further the work of SWAY with young people and their families.

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