NIGEL Shaw scooped the outstanding achievement accolade as Oxfordshire announced its British Tennis Awards winners.

The Kingston Bagpuize Tennis Club president has dedicated 32 years of service, promoting adult and junior participation.

Shaw was unable to collect his prize at Tennis Oxfordshire’s AGM due to illness, but his work helped the club break the 200-mark for members in 2017.

He, along with the rest of this year’s winners, is now in contention for a regional award and an invite to the national ceremony at Wimbledon.

Wantage Tennis Club’s Andy Aitken won the coach award.

He was recognised for his work in developing existing coaching courses and overseeing the increase in junior members.

Aitken was also instrumental in Wantage’s move to their much-improved site in Memorial Park.

Nicky Maskens, chair of Tennis Oxfordshire, said: “He is happy to work with players of all abilities, ages and backgrounds including players with special needs where he has achieved amazing results.”

Club of the year went to Wychwoods, with the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre in Abingdon receiving the disability programme accolade.

Oxford University scooped the education programme prize, while Oxford Junior Tennis Festival were presented with the competition honour and Thame the community venue.

North Oxford’s Tom Francis (official) and Ieuan Wyatt (young volunteer) won, with Steve Winyard and Charles Watts receiving the volunteer prize.

Maskens said: “The awards are an opportunity for us to recognise the wonderful work which goes on in Oxfordshire tennis and single out those people who encourage, motivate and inspire everyone involved in tennis - and without whom our sport just wouldn’t be what it is.”