Tennis celebration in memory of Sam

In memory of Sam Marriott

In memory of Sam Marriott - Credit: Supplied

Sidmouth Tennis Club Remembers and Celebrates Sam Marriott 
 
On Sunday, Sidmouth Tennis Club held its annual, charity tournament to remember one of our bright, young, tennis stars Sam Marriott, who died tragically 5 years ago. 
 
The aim, as always, was to celebrate his love of the sport and to raise money for charities with which he was closely involved. 

This year, the event took the form of a round robin Triples’ Tournament with 12 teams of 3, all allocated names under the theme of ice creams (well, until the day we were sweltering in a heatwave)! So, for example, the Cornettos took on the Screwballs; the Magnums took on the Soleros etc. 

It was lovely, as always, to have the Marriott family there to compete together in this fun event and also notable that they all wore odd, and very colourful socks as a tribute to Sam’s podal (Google it) habits! 

As the tournament progressed, competitors were offered the cooling relief of ice creams and an amazing raffle also took place before the final rounds were completed to decide the overall winners. 

In the final, The Strawberry Splits, with Sarah, Diana and Oliver faced the Feasts with Barry, Louise and Andy. In a tense affair, and in spite of some ice cool play by the Feasts, it was the Strawberries who smashed it and who sent the Feasts into cold storage. 

The day was rounded off perfectly with a brilliant BBQ provided by club caterers, Made by W’s and a massive £279.00 was raised to be shared between Hosanna House and the Children’s Pilgrimage Trust, a charity with which Sam was deeply involved with, and Balloons, an Exeter-based charity which supports bereaved young people. 

All in all, a really successful day, which was brilliantly run and organised by Debbie Snelgrove, ably assisted by Di Kendall Torry and Andrea Cushing. 

To find out more about memberships for Sidmouth Tennis Club, please visit https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/sidmouth and find out about all the fantastic options available. Tennis is a brilliant game for staying active, exciting competition and meeting new people.  

Spectators in the Royal Box

Spectators in the Royal Box - Credit: STC

Action on the courts

Action on the courts - Credit: STC

Competitors keen to get going

Competitors keen to get going - Credit: STC

The Strawberry Splits who won the competition with organiser Debbie and Chair Peter

The Strawberry Splits who won the competition with organiser Debbie and Chair Peter - Credit: STC

The Marriott family with organiser, Debbie Snelgrove

The Marriott family with organiser, Debbie Snelgrove - Credit: STC

From left: Andrea Cushing and Marilyn Garfitt manning the raffle

From left: Andrea Cushing and Marilyn Garfitt manning the raffle - Credit: STC

Competitors grabbing their ice creams

Competitors grabbing their ice creams - Credit: STC