Posted Sep 26, 2018 2:45:11 PM

Auxesia is continuing its support of an Island tennis club.

Management consultancy and business mentoring firm Auxesia has renewed its sponsorship of the mini tennis and junior programmes at Albany Tennis Club, an association which stretches back eight years.

It has backed the club, which has more than 300 members aged from four to 85, to the tune of £40,000 during that period which has allowed it to run various initiatives.

Finance Director for Auxesia, Belinda Watson, said: ‘We are thrilled to continue our support for Albany Lawn Tennis Club which is a first-class facility for tennis enthusiasts and those who want to get involved in the sport.

‘In particular, its mini tennis programme continues to act as a building block for young people in the Island’s community and allows children to develop their tennis skills, improve their coordination and uncover their potential at a young age.’

That potential is already being fulfilled by a number of Island youngsters who are club members, including Roch Mirski and Charlotte Clarke.

They have recently returned home after qualifying for the national finals of the Road to Wimbledon championship.

After winning the Isle of Man county finals, the Albany duo had the opportunity to play at the iconic All England Club and were highly successful.

Roch progressed to the semi-finals of the knockout event, while 13-year-old Charlotte clinched the county 14 and under title on the famous grass court.

Bryan Sharp, Albany Lawn Tennis Club president, said: ‘Charlotte and Roch’s achievements are superb news for Manx tennis.

‘To fare so well against the leading players from 43 British counties shows what a wonderful structure the club has in place.

‘The Auxesia sponsorship is invaluable to Albany and helps us deliver the high standards we strive to achieve.’

Belinda added: ‘At Auxesia, we strongly believe in identifying talent and nurturing it and Albany Tennis Club provides support and mentoring to the next generation of Manx tennis players, meaning that the sport will thrive for many years to come.

‘The recent success of Roch and Charlotte at Wimbledon shows how the mini tennis programme is such a strong foundation for the club’s future sporting stars.’

Stuart Colligon with children from the Minis programme at Albany Tennis Club