If you opted-in to the LTA Club ballot then come along on Sunday 29th April to find out if you have won the chance to buy some great tickets. You do not need to be present to win but those winners in attendance will have first choice of the available tickets. Other winners will be contacted via email afterwards. The first name will be drawn from the hat at 4pm, all are welcome, and the Club will be laying on refreshments to make the afternoon a properly social occasion.
At 2pm on the same day, Senior Members are invited to play in a fun tournament. We will be using a new format called "Davis Cup" where two teams battle it out over the course of multiple matches. This format should provide an enjoyable afternoon for all standards of play, so please come along and have fun whether you are a relatively recent player who has never been to a Club Social, or someone who represents the Club in team matches.
May Day Bank Holiday Monday "American" Tournament
An American tournament is a fun way to play doubles with a variety of different partners and opponents over the course of an afternoon. Each player keeps their track of the number of individual games he or she has won in each set and the nominal winner is the person who has won the most games at the end of the day. It is a great introduction to social tennis for newcomers to the club, or those improvers who want to try out their new skills at a club session. For regular club players it is a fun alternative to the usual tennis format.
While we will try to accommodate everyone on the day, spaces are limited so please do sign up in the club house to secure your place.
After three days of significant snow that had brought much of the country to a halt, we were very pleased to see the courts clear and ready for our members to play some social tennis! Afterwards the Committee updated those Members present on what had been happening around the Club for the last year, and prospective developments ahead. The Meeting appointed a new Committee for 2018/2019, and approved some minor changes to the Club Rules. Finally we rounded off the afternoon with wine and delicious cheese-y nibbles. Thank you to everyone who came along!
Whether you are an experienced player looking for a friendly club experience, a "rusty racquet" wishing to return to the sport or a complete beginner, our club has something for you!
To showcase our new and modern facilities, we are hosting an Open Day on Saturday 21st April. The morning will focus on opportunities for Junior players from 5 to 16, and the afternoon adults. Our fantastic coaching team will be offering some free coaching sessions, including the brand new fun way to keep fit with a tennis racquet, cardio tennis. You can also try out the courts by playing a few games with your friends, or adults can play some social sets with our friendly and welcoming existing members.
Secure your place by signing up online. If you enjoy yourself you will definitely want to take advantage of our amazing value membership so don't forget to bring your cheque book to secure some special one-day only deals on coaching.
Friday 23rd February: last date to opt-in to the club's Wimbledon ballot. See details below.
Wednesday 28th February: last date to play second round matches in the Winter Handicap and Plate Doubles tournaments.
Sunday 4th March: American Social at 1:30pm, followed by our AGM with cheese & wine at 4pm. Please do consider running for a place on the committee to help the club continue to thrive and be a great place for our members to play tennis.
Sunday 11th March: last date to play matches in the current round of the Singles Box League.
Later on in the year we will be hosting our annual Wimbledon tickets ballot. To qualify for a chance to buy tickets for this year's Championships at the AELTC, you need to login to the LTA members area and select the Wimbledon Ballot option. Even if you did this last year you must do it again this year to qualify. Juniors aged 11 and over are also eligible but each one must be opted-in individually. Not an LTA member? As a member of an affiliated venue you can join for free. The LTA make the paid-for option far more prominent than the free one so make sure you select "Lite Membership" [sic].
It is a busy time of year so here are a few important upcoming dates and events for your diary:
Sunday 17th December: last date to play matches in the current round of the Singles Box League.
Saturday 30th December: American Social at 1pm. Look out for the sign up sheet in the club house.
Sunday 31st December: last date to play first round matches in the Winter Handicap and Plate Doubles tournaments.
Also, opt-in for the Wimbledon tickets ballot is also now open! To qualify for a chance to buy tickets for next year's Championships at the AELTC you need to login to the LTA members area and select the Wimbledon Ballot option. Even if you did this last year you must do it again this year to qualify. Juniors over 8 are also eligible but each one must be opted-in individually. Not an LTA member? As a member of an affiliated venue you can join for free. The LTA make the paid-for option far more prominent than the free one so make sure you select "Lite Membership" [sic].
Summer might be over but the tennis doesn't stop! Drills & Skills is a new course for adults to develop your talents and unwind after another one of those crazy Mondays. Starting on Monday 16th October for 8 weeks, sessions run 8:15-9:15pm, directly after cardio tennis. The price is just £80 for members so sign up online today!
The evenings may be drawing in but that doesn't stop Wednesday evening social tennis! The club provides free floodlighting for social sessions and this Wednesday (11th Oct) we are running a fun and social tournament followed by drinks and nibbles.
The format is Fast4 Davis Cup – players will be divided into two teams who will then play each other over multiple rounds of singles and doubles. Team Captains will be chosen at 7pm but don't worry about being late – turn up whenever you can and you can join the next round!