Congratulations to our Tennis Volunteer of the Year Award winner for 2017/2018, Roisin Kelly!
Roisin has been on our Sport Psychology Pathway this academic year and supported the Men’s 4th team throughout their highly successful 2017/2018 campaign which saw them win both their BUCS league and cup competitions. We’ve been so impressed with Roisin’s unwavering commitment to attending workshops, mentoring meetings, training and matches, and the way in which Roisin’s calm and cheery personality engaged the whole team from the beginning of the year. The feedback from the players (highlights below) regarding Roisin’s impact on their tennis experience speaks volumes of her exceptional contribution, and the Loughborough Tennis staff team is delighted to be recognising her efforts with this award.
- “Roisin has been excellent all year, from providing meaningful insights into team members’ on-court behaviour, team interactions and support through to being a valued social member of the team off-court. I feel that all team members benefitted both individually and collectively from her contribution to the team and she was a significant factor in us winning the league and the cup. She will be sorely missed.”
- “Roisin from day one always felt part of the team. She would turn up to every session, organise meetings and go above and beyond what we would we expected of her, just to improve our game. I can name at least 3 matches particularly, in the cup, where Roisin’s advice to myself and my doubles partner completely flipped the match on his head and led us to success.”
- “Roisin was very helpful and always there to give advice. Loved the way she charted our matches with little comments so we could see how our behaviour affects the score and momentum of the match. She arranged meetings with us to see our progress and helped during trainings as well.”
- “Roisin is great at bringing the team together and helped to get everyone backing each other. The team really appreciated the meetings so we could go over matches together and talk about the positives and negatives of our play.”
- “She had a major impact on our success as a team and this year and we all can’t thank her enough for the efforts she put in week in week out.”
On her experience of the sport psychology pathway, Roisin commented:
“The Tennis Psychology Pathway helped me to decide what I want to do with my future. Coming into my Sport and Exercise Psychology Masters I was unsure about where I wanted to go after it but after getting to work with such a great tennis team, incredibly helpful and friendly staff and learning lots from guest speakers I gained a better idea of where I want to go in my future career. The pathway experience was so valuable and I highly recommend being a part of it.”
Following completion of her Masters degree in September, Roisin will embark on her professional training as a trainee sport and exercise psychologist through the British Psychological Society under the supervision of Loughborough Sport & Performance Psychology Lead Dr Karl Steptoe. We wish Roisin all the best for this new chapter!