9th Dec, 2016

Evesham Tennis Club linchpin Ray scoops deserved award

Liam Moakes 9th Aug, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

EVESHAM Tennis Club’s Ray Foster-Morison was rewarded for his commitment to the Vale club when he was awarded the Millennium Scroll for the best individual administrator of 2016 in the Wildmoor Spa Tennis League.

The shield went to Ray as the choice of league secretary Corin Bishop.

Ray has been the Evesham captain and contact for the summer league for the last 13 years since Evesham joined the league in 2004.

He has been playing and organising tennis at Evesham for 25 years and also does the same job in the winter league.

Selflessly he said: “I wish to dedicate this award to club coach Andrew Crowther who has played for the A team and run the B team for the last few years, which has reinvigorated the Evesham Rowing Club tennis section, especially the junior teams and tournaments he organises.

“Andrew’s role has developed over the years and is vital to the future of the club.”

Ray thanked the Wildmoor Spa League for recognising the role of the captain and his players who consistently turned out in all weathers, making his job as captain much easier.

Under his direction the Evesham A team, in their first summer league season of 2004, won the Division Three championship and the Floodlit Cup.

They went on to win the Division Two championship in the following season of 2005, together with the Floodlit Plate.

They were runners-up in the Charity Cup Final in 2007 and runners-up in the Premier Division to Stratford in 2007.

Evesham were runners-up again in the Premier Division in 2008, 2010 and 2014, each time to all-conquering Stratford, and this culminated in them being named Club of the Year in 2014 – an honour which in no small way was down to Ray’s organisational abilities.

This year the A team finished fourth in the Premier Division.

Ray got his club to enter an Evesham B team in 2015 and they currently play in Division Five of the Wildmoor Spa Tennis League.

He also supports the league financially by running an annual advert in its yearly handbook which he has done continually for the last eight years.

League secretary Corin Bishop added: “Ray’s record this year and in previous years has been impeccable and he is thoroughly deserving of this award.”