It’s all about the LOVE.
Spotlight on Jon Askey of Heron Tennis Centre – Weekly Column
Team work makes the dream work
Heron Tennis Centre director and ACE coach, Jon Askey is directly involved in the running and management of the much-loved Newquay tennis centre as well as a key member of the coaching team involved in the junior, adult and academy programmes.
Very much a family business, established in 2004, the centre prides itself on offering a year-round tennis programme and a wide range of playing and coaching opportunities for social, recreational and competitive players of all ages and abilities. Heron is home to Ace Tennis Coach & Academy and also to Cornwall Disability Tennis Network. You don’t have to be a member to play at Heron and use the facilities, but there are a wide range of benefits available with various membership options – 25% off memberships when people sign up in October.
Heron Tennis Centre has been a Newquay BID levy paying member since its commencement in 2010. The ballot for Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) to continue for a third term happens at the end of October and if the organisation achieves a majority of yes votes, Newquay BID will have a renewed mandate for another five years.
Throughout its lifetime thus far, Newquay BID has provided a significant boost to the Newquay local, regional and national profile and has been involved in, and supported a number of critical funding bids. It also provides behind-the-scenes valuable advocacy and financial support for businesses across the town, and for the destination at large.
Jon Askey says, “We at Heron Tennis Centre support Newquay BID because it brings people together which is needed more than ever during these turbulent times. Tennis might often be an individual sport but we sure appreciate the power of team work! Although we are not based in the town centre, we value the excellent work that the BID-led and supported events do to bring people into the town and into all kinds of businesses. If events can return in some capacity next year, these will do wonders for the business landscape.”
Jon continues, “The BID has very powerful social media platforms with their ongoing curation of Love Newquay which can be used to promote the BID members to audiences within and outside of Newquay. Likewise, Seven magazine is great for this additional promotion which we wouldn’t necessarily have otherwise – it would be a shame for this to cease to exist. Newquay is an incredible place to live and to do business. Where else has a town centre surrounded by seven incredible beaches and such phenomenal lifestyle benefits? We believe that the opportunities are endless for our town, it needs someone like the BID to continue to fight for us to reach our full potential. As a business owner, we are all for this.”
Heron Tennis Centre boasts a host of excellent facilities including two indoor acrylic courts, eight outdoor courts including four floodlit, plus two mini tennis courts for little legs. Alongside the tennis facilities, there is the Courtside Cafe, serving freshly prepared and cooked food, coffees, cakes and a variety of vegan and vegetarian dishes. In addition to this, the Heron Room can be hired for yoga and exercise classes, work training, meetings and celebrations.