Huge congratulations to the winners of our Winter Doubles competitions. We hope all participants enjoyed their matches and we look forward to more friendly competition in the Club Championships which will be starting in the next few weeks.
Mixed Handicap Winners: Martine Pereira & Ed Frain
We are pleased to report that the coin box on court 2 has been repaired and the stuck Euro removed. We understand that €1 and £1 coins look very similar, especially in the dark, but this is the second time this winter that a box has been jammed by a euro coin and so we implore all members to check your coins carefully before inserting them!
Whilst we were paying the engineer's call out charge we also took the opportunity to adjust the settings so that each £1 inserted will now give you 20 minutes of light instead of 30. Rising energy costs remain in the headlines, and as a non-domestic property the Club is not protected by the OfGem price cap. Consequently it has been subject to the full effects of price rises and our unit rate of electricity has doubled.
With the weather already getting warmer, and the Easter Holidays just around the corner, you can now sign up for all the Summer Term Coaching Groups. There are classes for adults and juniors, and all levels of experience. Term starts on Tuesday 19th April.
Membership renewals for both Senior and Junior were sent out from ClubSpark this week. If you have not received one then please check your spam folder, and if you cannot see it, get in touch urgently. We have a waiting list for new adult members and we would hate to lose any members because of an administrative oversight or email being misclassified as spam!
Everyone on our waiting list will be sent an email in the next few weeks asking them to reconfirm their interest in joining and further details of how many places we expect to have available. Anyone wishing to join the waiting list is welcome to do so by emailing email@example.com but unless a large number of people on the list withdraw, we do not expect to be able to offer places to everyone already on the list.
This is a very busy time of year for the Membership Secretary and so our apologies if it takes us longer than usual to respond to enquiries.
Our Easter Holiday Junior Tennis camps are now available to book online. The camps will run for one week, Monday 4th April—Friday 8th April, with separate sessions for 4-8 year olds, 9-10 year olds and 11 years and up. You can sign up for just individual days or the entire week.
Each camp lasts 2 hours and focuses on having fun, developing team work and of course playing tennis! For more details contact our Head Coach, José or sign up online.
Our popular Cardio Tennis sessions with Coach Frances still have a few spaces remaining for the Spring Term. Monday nights 7:20-8:20pm, from 10th January. The cost is just £80 for the term. Sign up online or contact Frances for more details.
Coach-led Social returns on Saturday 4th December at 1pm. There will be fun skill games to improve your doubles play, and then José will ensure you are paired off with players of similar ability to have an enjoyable and fun game of doubles. Coach-led social is open to all members of club social standard and on these Saturdays replaces the Advanced Player Club Sessions which normally run 1-2pm on weekends.
Then join us on Sunday 2nd January for a fun festive-themed American Tournament from 1-4pm. Members should look out for an email containing the online sign up link nearer the time.
Club social sessions will continue to run as normal throughout the festive period (weather and numbers permitting), except on Christmas Day (no session) and Sunday 2nd January (American Tournament).
We had a brilliant day of tennis and fun at our Finals Day—it was fantastic to be able to have a proper social event again. There was some high quality tennis on display, and spectators and players were fuelled by an amazing spread of delicious food—a huge thank you to all the people who prepared the food, barbecued and cleared up. This year all matches were umpired by LTA-qualified officials, a new innovation which gave gave the contests some extra spectacle. The results were:
Aaron Hotfelder beat Jim Collins: 6-3 6-1
Louise Field beat Stephanie Lee: 6-3 6-3
Aaron Hotfelder & K. Raviendrakumar beat Matt Godfrey & Warren De Villiers: 7-5 6-1
Sarah Lawrence-Taylor & Liz Maclean beat Alison Easton & Louise Field: 3-6 6-1 [10-4]
After some close-fought matches throughout the summer, the Club Championships culminates with Finals Day. Come and watch some great tennis, support your friends and relax with some drinks (BYO) and buffet food.
The first match, the Mens Singles Final, will begin at 11am, followed by the Ladies Singles, Mens Doubles, Ladies Doubles and culminating with the Mixed Doubles. For the first time this year, we have arranged through the LTA to have a qualified Umpire in the chair for all 5 matches!
There will be a barbecue during the afternoon, £5 or bring a food donation (sweet or savoury!) BYO drinks. If you fancy playing a social set as well as watching, social tennis will be available on courts 4 & 5 but please note that courts 1–3 will not be available for play during the finals.
We hope you can join us for what is always a tennis and social highlight of the Club calendar.