Kate Horsburgh – Tennis

 

 

 

 

Tennis

DOB – 16 June 2000

Birthplace – Worcester

Tennis Club – Worcester Lawn Tennis Club

Tennis Coach – Jon Bradshaw

Kate started playing tennis at the age of five.
She trains five days a week including fitness sessions before school, and three coaching sessions after school. Over the summer season, she will be competing most weeks in events around the UK.

Playing Record

I won the 10 & Under AEGON Midlands Regional Winter Tour for 2010/11, and followed this up by winning the 12 & Under AEGON Midlands Regional Summer Tour for 2012.

This was based on my top 6 results in regional/national tournaments over the season. As a result, I represented the Midlands as one of eight girls in the National Regional Tour Finals at the National Tennis Centre in September 2012, where I beat the girls representing Scotland and the North of England in my side of the draw.

I was ranked number 14 nationally for 12 year olds over the 2012/13 winter season and because of this I again qualified to attend the Lawn Tennis Association’s National Talent ID Programme in April 2013. Linked to this, I have been awarded ‘AEGON Future star’ status by the Lawn Tennis Association.

I have been the highest ranked player in Herefordshire & Worcestershire in my age group since 2010. My sister Ruth Horsburgh has also topped the county rankings in these age groups.

My record to date in the annual Herefordshire & Worcestershire County Closed Championships is:

Year   County Singles County Doubles
2011 & 20122012 12 & Under WINNER14 & Under RUNNER UP 12 & Under WINNER14 & UNDER MIXED RUNNER UP
2010 10 & Under RUNNER UP 10 & Under WINNER
2009 9 & Under WINNER n/a

Regional Tournament wins include events at:

Preston – North of England 2012 Christmas Tournament

Taunton

Derby

Bath University
Warwick University
Gloucester Oxtalls

County and Club Representation

I have played for Herefordshire & Worcestershire every year at the relevant age group since 2008. In 2010, I played  for the Herefordshire & Worcestershire team that won through to the play off for the top 8 counties at the National Finals at 10 & under level.

In 2013 to date, I have won matches playing for the county in my age group against Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Suffolk and Shropshire.

I made my debut for the Ladies A team of Worcester Lawn Tennis Club aged ten. In the 2012/13 winter season I also played for the club’s adult Mixed Doubles team which won promotion to division 1 in the county league, without losing a tie.

Schools Tennis

I won Herefordshire & Worcestershire County 15 & under Schools Doubles Competition (with my sister, Ruth Horsburgh) in 2011 when I was 10, playing for RGS Worcester.

 ‘I want to encourage others to play tennis – I really enjoyed playing at school this year in house tennis matches and try to encourage others to play the sport’. Kate Horsburgh

Competition plans for next 6 months and future aims
I have just moved out of the 12 & under age group into the 14 & under age group, so I want to build up my national  ranking points in this new age group. My competition plans for the next 6 months therefore include playing in regional events around the country.

I won the County Finals of the HSBC Road to Wimbledon Competition in July 2013 to qualify for the National Final of this 14 & under competition which is played on the grass courts at Wimbledon in August. I am really looking forward to playing at Wimbledon as the representative for Herefordshire and Worcestershire – it will be an experience to remember.

I am also targeting the 14 & under National Championships in August, and want to continue to do well in the County Closed competition at the end of that month. I will also be trying to help RGS Worcester progress in the AEGON Schools Tennis Competition.

‘I love competing in tournaments. I’ve known some of the girls I’m competing against for several years, and there can be a lot of rivalry as we all want to win. But I have made some good friends through tennis.’ Kate Horsburgh

‘I want to continue to move up the national rankings, and to test myself against the best players in the country.’ Kate Horsburgh

Kate said of her support from Sport Worcester ‘My aim is to become the best tennis player I can be. So I need to continue to do a lot of training and play in the right standard of competition. Travelling most weeks in the summer to competitions all over the country is expensive. I really appreciate the financial support that I have received from Sport Worcester’.

 April 2015 Grant Update:

Kate finished the 2014/15 winter season as the highest rated girl in Herefordshire and Worcestershire combined county at 16 and under level.

In February, Kate represented the county at 18 and under level, winning all her singles and doubles matches against the three counties played (Oxfordshire, Leicestershire and Shropshire). She also made her debut for the senior county side in the Winter County Cup Championship in November, as a 14 year old, being the youngest player to be selected for the team for a number of years.

Kate reached two finals of regional tournaments in the 2014/15 winter season, and has had a great start to the new summer season, winning the Bristol and Bath hardcourt championships under 16 title in early April 2015, having just moved into this age group.

She has continued to play regularly for Worcester Lawn Tennis Club, being unbeaten in the women’s doubles (with her sister Ruth), and losing only one mixed doubles match in the county leagues over the winter season.

During the winter season, on the recommendation of her coach, she switched to a heavier racket (each racket costs £160, and she takes 3 for tournaments). She also needs a regular supply of tennis shoes (at £60 per pair) – typically a pair of trainers last her about 2 months, and different trainers are required for different playing surfaces. Her racquets typically require re-stringing at least every two months (at £20 per racquet). As she continues to grow taller, she has also had to acquire new tennis clothing.

In addition to this equipment cost, and ongoing coaching costs (£25 per hour for one on one coaching), there have been travelling and hotel costs associated in playing in regional and national competitions – she has played in events as far afield as Grantham and Bath over the 2014/15 winter season.

The financial support that she has received from Sport Worcester continues to be of substantial assistance in allowing Kate to pursue her tennis career. We are very grateful for this.