BLTC Newsletter: Autumn 2010


Chairman's Report

First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Helen for all her hard work as Chair. Helen has achieved an awful lot for the club in the last three years for which we are truly thankful.

As many of you will be aware the last few months have been somewhat eventful at Bredon LTC. Following the summer coaching programme we were pleased to appoint our new club coach, Tim Smart. Tim will be working closely with the committee to enhance the coaching programme and provide consistent high quality coaching provision in order to develop the junior players as well as providing taster sessions and additional initiatives to facilitate a sustainable junior/club membership.

Following numerous efforts to secure courts 3 and 4 it seems we have now (fingers crossed!) overcome the vandalism issues with regards to the lock in the form of a fixed combination lock. The combination of which was sent to all members on installation and we will continue to send you this information as and when it is changed. Furthermore maintenance wise, the back panels of courts 3 and 4 and the side of court 2 have been re-vitalised with new fencing thanks to a great effort of correspondence and organisation from Andy Gray.

Further successes in recent months took shape in the form of the American Tournament in memory of Colin Smith which was once again a fantastic success, with special thanks to Carol Smith and family. 20 plus pairs of doubles partners took part in a great day of eating, drinking and of course a bit of tennis (!) all whilst the sun shone. I'm sure I speak on behalf of all those who took part in saying it was a really enjoyable event. Congratulations to the winners Ian Macrae, Caroline Hodge and Carolyn Perry.

The future is looking bright for Bredon LTC. With much of the major maintenance work completed and a secure coaching programme in place, the committee is currently on the way to completing club mark, a club accreditation award via the LTA, in order to increase our status and improve our opportunities for future club development. Further development plans our already in discussion for April 2011 onwards, with this in mind; the committee would very much like your input on further improvements that you would like to see at the club. If you have any suggestions or comments you would like to put forward please do not hesitate to email me. Your input is essential for future development and sustainability.

Finally, I would just like to say a huge thank you to all of you, and the committee, for your support and kind words towards me taking on the role of Chair. It is certainly proving to be a rather steep learning curve; however, I am and I will continue to give it my all! Yours in Sport, Polly Christian

Team Reports

Ladies' summer league

The summer season was unfortunately a mixed bag for the ladies teams. The A team really struggled right through the season and unfortunately came bottom of their division meaning that they will be relegated next year to division 3. We had a team of seven ladies for the A team but with injuries we really could not hold our position and were outplayed in many of the matches. Hopefully the relegation this year will give us time to reconstruct the team allow us to regain our confidence.

The ladies' B team did a lot better and with Nila More as captain they held onto their position and finished mid table in division 3A. It was good that they were able to hold their position and congratulations to them.

My thanks to all those who played in the summer league and a huge thank you to Nila for all her help in organising the B team. Remember it is not always the winning that matters so long as you enjoy the game and the social time after the match, winning is just an added bonus.

The summer season had no sooner finished than we are beginning the mixed winter league and we have two teams playing mixed floodlit tennis. The home matches will be played on Tuesday evenings from 7pm so if any of you are arranging friendly matches please look at the list on the notice board in the clubhouse to see if the courts are free.

We have also entered a ladies' daytime league playing indoors at Pershore College. Matches are once a month on Tuesday mornings.

Men's A Team

The A Team comfortably kept its A Team status in the Gloucestershire Summer League and with better availability of players early on in the season might conceivably have achieved promotion.

The team finished with 25 points, using 10 different players. All the regulars had some good games and the mid season addition of Dan Sutherland was very timely. As usual, we needed players from the B team pool for several fixtures and they helped boost our points tally. Circumstances dictated that the number of different pairings was greater this season, but flexibility and mutual support helped offset any disadvantage.

Perhaps the most enjoyable match was the hard fought draw at Gotherington, while the 0-4 loss at Painswick was undoubtedly the most disappointing result: this being a place where we usually give a good account of ourselves.

The weekend team sessions have continued to be well attended, which is pleasing, but we will continue to play at a level below our true potential until we eradicate individual inconsistencies partly caused by lack of quality practice time.

Men's B team

Gloucester Wilson summer league Division 3A Another tough but enjoyable season of summer league tennis has yet again passed. While at the time of writing this report we still have one match to complete, unfortunately the B team is doomed to relegation to division 4. We have not been outclassed by any means this season, but seem to have lost out on the vast majority of close matches. Apart from two draws all the matches have ended in either 3-1 losses or 4-0 losses… although in our one remaining match to finish against Gloucester LTC we are 2-0 up with two rubbers to play so could still finish the season on a high! Many thanks to all who have played this season, Ancel Boucher, Andy Gray, David Curtis, Malcolm Waters, Pete Hutchison, Ron Loxley, Tim Troughton and Tommy Spry.

Despite a reasonable size squad we have still struggled at times to find a full team, so if anyone who is interested in playing league tennis please pop along to men's team practice Saturday mornings (8:30am – 10:30am).

Next season should at the very least bring in better results as the opposition will be a little weaker, and the experience built up by new players fielded this season should hopefully help the team push forward for future seasons.

Winter Floodlit Leagues

This winter will see two mixed teams compete in divisions 3 and 4 of the Gloucestershire Floodlit league, together with a Men's doubles team in the East Glos Winter Floodlit League.

Junior League Tennis

Three teams were entered in the winter junior leagues at 9U, 14U and 16U levels. A total of 23 players were involved and all the teams finished in the top half of their divisions with the 14U team finishing 2nd with Dan Barber winning 75% of his matches. Thanks to Lesley Sime, Grace McGuigan and Claire Barber for organising the teams.


We have appointed a new club coach, Tim Smart. Tim is a very approachable, enthusiastic and highly experienced tennis coach who has coached in Germany, France, Spain and the UK and has also previously been a Chairman and Treasurer of a large tennis club in London.

Consequently, Tim has a wealth of knowledge with regards to both the theoretical and practical aspects of coaching practice. Tim holds all the appropriate qualifications and documentation including a valid LTA Level 2 Coach License, First Aid, and CRB clearance. His coaching experience includes both the beginner stages of tennis and high level performance and so we are confident he has the ability to assist the development of all our juniors and to support them in reaching their individual target goals.

At present there are spaces in all sessions:

Mini Red - 3.45pm-4.30pm
Mini Orange - 4.30pm-5.30pm
Mini Green - 5.30pm-6.30pm
Under13's - 5.30pm-6.30pm
13 and Over - 6.30pm-7.30pm

Social Tennis

The club's social tennis sessions form the mainstay of social tennis within the club and have been generally well attended throughout the summer with several new members attending regularly and some good tennis has been played. They are held on Wednesday and Sunday mornings, Monday and Thursday evenings and Friday afternoons, all year round.

From October, the committee has decided to again allow a £1 fee per player to cover the cost of balls and floodlights which can now be switched on without tokens during Social Sessions using the switch in the light cupboard.

Club Tournament

The club tournament will be run from mid November to March, and along the same lines as last year. It will be open to all members who are able to play 3-set matches.

This means that juniors can join in the singles and also partner up with a friend or parent in the doubles. If numbers allow, the tournaments will be a knock-out format with the team players being entered in the later rounds. The losers in the first round will be put through to a plate tournament which will also be in a knock-out format. This should ensure that everyone gets to play at least two matches.

To enable this to happen it is important to get a good number of entries, so please try to enter if you can. The finals weekend will be March 12/13th 2011. All finals must be played on this date, and if finalists aren't available their places will be taken by the lucky losers of their previous matches.

Please complete an entry form and return it with the entrance fee as soon as possible.

2009/2010 Tournament Winners

Social Events

Quiz Night: Friday 26th November

This annual event will take place at Bredon Bowling Club, 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The bar will be available and contributions will be welcome for a 'bring and share' supper. Teams of 4, £10 per team to enter. Come along and join in the fun.

Mulled wine and Mixed Doubles

On Saturday 18th December, get into the festive spirit with a morning of mulled wine mince pies and mixed doubles. Please come along from 9.30.

British Tennis

Membership of British Tennis is free and the club's allocation of Wimbledon tickets is determined by the number of members over 9 years who join. The closing date for membership numbers to be counted towards our allocation is 1st November, so if you haven't registered you can either pick up a form in the pavilion or you can do it on-line at