Award for Cumberland School tennis coach

PUBLISHED: 16:00 20 January 2016

Gary Kruse with his award for Outstanding Achievement at the the Essex Tennis Awards recently

Gary Kruse with his award for Outstanding Achievement at the the Essex Tennis Awards recently


Gary Kruse, head tennis coach for Greenhouse Sports, gets outstanding achievement honour

Gary Kruse, head tennis coach for Greenhouse Sports at the Cumberland School in Plaistow, was presented with an award for outstanding achievement earlier this month.

The Essex Tennis Awards, held at the Essex Tennis AGM at the Jean Brown Centre in Redbridge, recognised the work done by Kruse.

Kelly Montgomery nominated the tennis coach after he helped introduce the sport to numerous pupils in Newham.

Kruse said: “I’m proud to accept this award and want to thank all the participants at the Cumberland School who turn up in all weathers, who always give one hundred per cent on the court and who make my job so enjoyable.

“Thanks also to Lynn O’Brien, Will Calvert and the awards committee at Essex Tennis, and to my programme manager Kelly for nominating me.”

Essex Tennis executive officer Lynn O’Brien hailed the work that Kruse has been doing at the Plaistow School.

She said: “At Essex Tennis we are always pleased to be able to award individuals who go above and beyond their remit and give added value to their tennis community.

“Gary Kruse is such an individual and his work at the Cumberland School inspired the Essex Awards Committee to create a new “Outstanding Achievement Award” category in their annual award programme.

“He was nominated by Kelly Montgomery who praised his work in introducing tennis to a wide variety of pupils who have not had the opportunity to play the game before, and building on this success to create a thriving community club with players now competing both for the school and in external competitions.”

Kruse is part of Greenhouse Sports, who are a London-based charity committed to using sport to help young people living in the inner city to realise their full potential.

Their coaches work full time in schools and the community to provide outstanding sports programmes that nurture social, thinking, emotional and physical skills that equip young people for life.

Greenhouse Sports has worked with over 35,000 young people since its inception in 2002 and every programme is tailored to ensure it complements the needs of the school, the pupils, the staff and the local community.

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