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NEW CLUB NIGHT - WITH BAR!
Each Friday opens at 6.30pm starting on 11 April
CLUB OPEN DAY
Sunday 18 May
2014 EVENTS PROGRAMME
All the years club events published here
Know what's going on each week at the club
Yearly subscriptions are now due
SHOE TAG REMINDER
Make sure you wear your shoes tags this year
WIMBLEDON TICKET BALLOT
Deadline for entry is 25 April
A little bit of extra competition for you
Chairman’s Letter to Members
Dear Members of the Park Tennis Club,
Thank you for your continued membership and support, without you and the continued hard work of the committee there would be no club. We are a members only organisation, members are important to us.
We realise everything is not perfect at the club, but we will only get closer to the ideal if everyone participates and comes up with ideas for improvement
We are publishing on the web site, our photos and responsibilities, so you can button hole us down at the club or Email us. Dan has sorted out the digital side and there is only one email address for all of us and the same for the club. He has also sorted out a new box league and a ladder. We are going to open the bar regularly on a Friday so that after tennis members who wish can socialise.
The teams have all been promoted so we need lots of practice to continue to progress.
Our head coach, Carlton, is continuing his physiotherapy to get back to coaching at some point in the future, and Jean is working hard to keep the club coaching programme running. We are very fortunate that two of our best players will be helping Jean with coaching. A big thank you to Patrick Foley and James Saunders. Patrick will be belting the ball at us for three months as well as representing the club before he pursues his career in sport at university. We also hope to see more of his father, Andrew (immediate past chairman), who, with a bit of luck, will be around more this year. We have a full programme of events, tournaments and matches; please support these and your team captains. We are introducing, on Sunday, when the courts are under used, a number of tournaments run by Make, and again we hope that you will enter even though the standard will be quite high. These will be run on a commercial basis and the club will get a share of the profit. The recent trial weekend went well and it was great to see the club full on a Sunday afternoon.
We are also publishing a summary of weekly activities which will include court priorities. Clearly matches will take priority but there should always be courts available for members. Tournaments matches and events will all be published on one site.
I am delighted and relieved to report that Madeleine Davis has recruited a Secretary, Roger Harrison, who is an architect and lives in West Bridgford. He has acted as Secretary to a Housing Association in London so he understands what he is taking on.
Marianne Boerrigter has volunteered to be bar manager taking over from Barrie who has kept the whole thing going for the last few years. Thanks Barrie!!!! and a very big welcome Marianne.
Gudrun Sowerby planted and has maintained the shrubs at the rear of the deck which are already making this area more pleasant as well as helping wildlife in the Park by providing berries and flowers for insects. The Park Residents Association instigated and paid for this scheme. All in all a wonderful team effort, We have agreed to maintain it. Thanks everybody.
Thank you all once again for your support and continued membership.
Friday Night is Club Night!
Friday 11 April will be our first CLUB NIGHT. We will be opening the bar at 6:30pm, for members to socialise, play tennis and enjoy refreshments. Please come along and support this new event.
CLUB EVENTS 2014
You can find the full list of event on our web site here, but a summary is shown below.
American Doubles - 26 April
Club Open Day - 18 May
AGM - 21 June
Mixed Doubles Tournament - 13 July
Ladies Doubles Tournament - 27 September
Mens Singles Tournament - 4 October
Fireworks Night - 1 November
Annual Club Lunch - 16 November
Christmas Mulled Wine and Mince Pies - 21 December
We have a wide range of activities for our members to join in with, on a weekly basis. Below is a list of activities which currently take place and a guide to which courts are normally used. Please also take a look at the Events and Match Schedules. Saturdays
9am- 12noon Junior Club Coaching (8-11yrs, 12-14yrs, 14-17yrs): Courts 1-3
9am-11am Ladies Team Practice: Courts 4, 5 & 8
1.30-4.30pm Mixed Social Play: Courts 1-3
Individual Coaching Lessons may be taking place (on court 5/most appropriate court) Sundays
9.30am-10.30am Adult Club Coaching (Intermediate): Courts 1-3
10.30am-12noon Junior Coaching 6-8yrs: Court 6 or 7 & 8
11am-1.30pm Mixed Social Play: Courts 1-3
12.30pm-1.30pm Adult Club Coaching (Beginner): Courts 4 & 5
2.00pm-4.00pm Men’s Team Practice: Courts 1-3
7.00pm-10pm Bridge Club (Clubhouse)
Individual Coaching Lessons may be taking place (on court 5/most appropriate court) Mondays
School Link Coaching Programme (takes place in Schools)
Individual Coaching Lessons may be taking place (on court 5/most appropriate court) Tuesdays
1.00-4.00pm Bridge Club (Clubhouse)
Individual Coaching Lessons may be taking place (on court 5/most appropriate court) Wednesdays
The Park Day Club 10am-12noon (Clubhouse)
School link programme 12.15-3.00pm Courts 1-3 or 4-5 (whichever is most appropriate)
Junior Club Coaching: 4.30pm-7.00pm Courts 1-3
Men’s Practice 7.00pm-8.30pm
Individual Coaching Lessons may be taking place (on court 5/most appropriate court) Thursdays
Mixed Social Play 1.30-4.00pm
Individual Coaching Lessons may be taking place (on court 5/most appropriate court) Fridays
Club Night 6.30-8.30pm. Courts 1-3
Individual Coaching Lessons may be taking place (on court 5/most appropriate court)
Additional Considerations Matches
Matches often take place on Saturdays starting at 10.30am-2.00pm on Courts 1-3, in which case Junior Coaching will move to Courts 6-8. Mixed Social will have a slightly later start time (2.00pm)
Matches often take place on a Sunday afternoon from 1.30pm-5.00pm
Matches may take place on some weekday evenings from 6.30pm. Courts 1-3 Matches may take place on some Friday evenings from 6.30pm. Courts 1-3.
School Holiday Coaching Camps
School Holiday Coaching Camps take place on up to 8 occasion’s per year. These Coaching Camps run on a weekday between 10am and 3.00pm, normally over 2 days. Courts 1-3
On these occasions, members who usually play on the artificial grass on a weekday morning need to schedule to finish play or move across to another court by 10.15am. There will be one artificial grass court made available on a Thursday and Friday from 1.30pm for Social/Members to play on.
Notts LTA Usage
The Nott’s Lta use our courts on a number of days each year as part of the terms of our lease.
On six Saturday afternoons through the winter season, they use Courts 4-6 between 12.30-4pm for their Mini Tennis League.
The last week of August is the Nott’s County Closed and the Nott’s Lta usually require ‘first call’ on all our courts from (Bank holiday) Monday through to Saturday from 9-5pm. The clubhouse is also required.
The Nott’s LTA sometimes have additional requirements during their tournament weeks.
Club Open Day
Sunday 18 May
This year, our open day will be part of the LTA's initiative to get more people to play tennis. Club members, please come along and participate in the event, and encourage our visitors to join the club. More details will be available soon, but do email us if you are interested in helping on the day.
HELPERS WANTED - We need a 'working party' of members willing to lend a hand with clearing some heavy items at the clubhouse on Friday 11th April at 5:30pm. This just happens to coincide with our first CLUB NIGHT, so you could have a nice refreshment at the bar following a bit of lifting! Also, bring your kit if you fancy a game of tennis too! Bar opens at 6.30, working party to start at 5:30.
Membership Shoe Tags
As a club we have reviewed whether we need to continue with tags at all and decided that they are still very useful. They make identifying members very simple and help us to prevent non-members from abusing the club. Therefore you should wear your new tags when you receive them in the new membership year. We are having a real push on this because we feel that some people sneak in and use the courts without membership; so you should all feel free to challenge anybody that you see playing without tags.
Visitors are more than welcome when they are accompanied by a member, and they can play on up to 4 occasions by just paying the visitors fee. If they wish to continue to use the club, then it is reasonable for them to join.
The visitors fees are :
Students and Juniors:
There are envelopes in the door of the clubhouse for fees and they should be deposited through the slot in the front of the bar.
Membership Renewal for 2014/15
The membership renewal for the club falls due at the end of March. You can download the form from our web site here. For what is likely to be the final time the fees are once again retained at the same level as last year and they are detailed on the reverse of the form, together with the early ( by 30th April ) payment discount.
You will have received an email already - but just to remind you to let Barrie know if you want to be entered into the ballot by Friday 25 April. The draw will be at the clubhouse on Saturday 26 April. Click here to email Barrie.
Please keep an eye on the notice board for any new sessions starting up for the summer season. You can e-mail Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org