News story from Eastbourne College


The Eastbourne College girls tennis squad have won the ‘School Team of the Year’ award during the annual Tennis Sussex Awards, held at the prestigious Amex Stadium, Brighton, over the weekend.

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5th February 2020 — The celebrated awards event took place on Sunday 2 February at the American Express Community Stadium.

The Tennis Sussex Awards celebrate the achievements of tennis players and coaches in Sussex, and the College side were shortlisted for achievements including:

Top four schools for girls tennis for the past three years

Gaining direct entry to the national schools finals since 2017 and reaching the quarter final or better in each year

Semi-finalists, Independent Schools LTA U19 Girls National Final

Quarter finalists, Independent Schools LTA U15 National Finals

Quarter Finalists, British Schools LTA Girls National Finals

3rd place, LTA Senior Students Mixed Doubles National Finals

5th place, LTA Senior Students Girls National Finals

South East Regional winners of U15 LTA Girls League division 2

U18 Girls Sussex Champions

The girls B team reached the semi-final of the South East regional stage of the National Schools Championships and came close to joining the A team in the national finals

Captain of Tennis 2019, Phoebe Watton, was selected for the Independent Schools Representative team that played against the AELTC at Wimbledon in July

Winner of Sussex Ladies Winter League division 4… and the list goes on!

Head of Tennis at the College, Simon Gent, stated,

'This is a fantastic achievement which we can put down to the girls' consistent effort over the years and a tried and tested programme of support. We are grateful to the many staff and community professionals who have helped to make this success possible. Everyone has got behind this squad and helped to facilitate their continuing development.'

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