BLTC Newsletter: Spring 2012

Contents

Chairman's Report

I would like to open this report on a personal level to all our members. Over the course of the last few months many individual members have incurred injuries and ill-health, some minor and some very serious indeed. This became rather apparent when the majority of those spectating at the club tournament finals were in the recovering stages of various surgeries — to which, luckily, we were all able to have a giggle about and mock our eligibility to be 'active' tennis club members at this time! However, on a serious note, I wish all those who have experienced injury recently, a very speedy recovery, both psychologically and physically, and we look forward to seeing you back on court very soon.

With regards to recent club developments… The coaching programme has continued to develop over the past few months. I am pleased to inform you that John (Head Coach) will be making more time for his commitments at Bredon LTC following the Easter Holidays. If you are interested in any coaching opportunities please contact John for further details and keep an eye out for up-to-date information on our website and in the clubhouse. Easter holiday and summer camps will be taking place so please sign up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

We were hoping we would now be able to confirm the details of our new lease with our members. Unfortunately, due to the re-structuring of the Parish Council members this has been delayed further. While this remains to be an obstacle, I feel the process has been useful to some extent in bringing the sports clubs and community partners together somewhat, where previously we have perhaps been separate entities. I hope these partnerships will continue in the future. Thank you again to Carol Perry and Ian McRae for their continuous commitment to this subject matter over the course of the last year or so.

With regards to facility development we are looking to renovate the front two courts with a good clean and a lick of paint. Discussions with Courtstall Services Ltd and the LTA are underway to provide the most effective treatment to sustain our courts until full re-surfacing is necessary in another 4 to 5 years. The result of our Clubmark status will be with us shortly; this will help to open doors for further funding opportunities for future development. As soon as our status is confirmed the committee will be looking into specific funding streams.

As always a big thank you to Andy Gray and Carol Smith for organising the Club Tournament and American Tournament; it is fantastic to see so many of our social and more competitive (!) members taking part in these events. Thank you also to all those on the committee, members and parents who have facilitated in the running of many events, tournaments, coaching and maintenance work across the last year – we really do appreciate all the support you provide to the club.

Another year passed and with a new and exciting season of tennis just around the corner, as well as some new and exciting opportunities for whole club development, we have lots to look forward to. If you have any suggestions on how you would like to see your tennis club develop, please do feel free to contact me.

Secretary's Report

Although there was a slight increase in membership this year, income from fees was lower because far more than usual people joined after the fees were decreased from September onwards, to take advantage of John's excellent coaching programme. There were 54 new members, but recruitment, particularly of adults must be a priority for the next year.

The committee was pleased to welcome Dan Sutherland and Malcolm Waters. We met four times during the year and much work for Ian involved the insurance claim for repairs to the pavilion after the damage last winter because of a frozen pipe in the roof. Carolyn, Polly and Ian had several meetings with the Parish Council regarding a new lease. Martin and Polly also attended a meeting with Bredon Play and Recreation.

As usual, the draw for Wimbledon tickets will be held at the AGM. Only those of you (aged 9 and over) who have registered for British Tennis will be eligible. To qualify, you must have paid your fees and you must either attend the AGM or send your apologies in writing before the meeting. If you haven't registered for British Tennis yet, please do so. You will be eligible for this year's draw and an increase in membership will result in more tickets for Bredon for the following year. Membership is free. Forms are available in the pavilion or you can register on line:

Treasurer's Report

The Club's financial position continues to be healthy. Our income for the year has been consistent with the previous year, while no significant expenditure has been required on either the courts or clubhouse this year. Discussions with Parish Council in relation to the new lease are still ongoing – in spite the best efforts of the Committee.

The challenge for the future is, as always, to increase membership and attendance at club sessions to ensure that we continue to maintain the excellent facilities that we all enjoy. Full details of the financial position will be presented at the AGM.

Coaching

Junior Coaching

There are various group sessions on Mondays and Fridays after school run by John. For details see the website or contact John directly on 07922 652622 using the details above. Children as young as five can join the first mini tennis group on Monday, playing with small rackets, special balls and a low net. Other sessions cater for more advanced players including performance groups Tuesday afternoons. In addition, after Easter, John will be starting Tiny Tennis for children aged 2 to 4.

Easter Coaching Camps

A range of camps will be run on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the Easter break for children aged 4–16. For full details and an application form, please see the website.

Adult Coaching

John is now running a series of group sessions for adults, full details are on the website.

Ladies Coaching

Ladies Coaching on Thursday mornings is going well despite the inclement weather in the winter! Sixteen ladies turn out most weeks split between two groups and much laughter can be heard whilst we master topspin and slice. All standards catered for and there is always a space available in the second group for rusty returners/improvers.

Team Reports

Thanks to all the players who committed their time to the team matches. Many thanks to Carol Smith, Anthony Hickling, Andy Gray, Nila More and Barbara Stevens for overseeing the men's and ladies' teams. If you are interested in playing team tennis do contact Anthony on 01242 269668 or Carol on 01684 295303. You can also follow the teams' progress online at:

Ladies summer league

The summer season this year was a complete change around to last year with the A team coming second in a very close fought league div 3B meaning that they have gained promotion back to division 2B after their relegation last year. The matches for the A team were played this year with mainly just 4 players, Nila More, Caroline Hodge, Carole Bankes and Carol Smith with three others, Jackie Woodward, Polly Christian and Lauren Brice each playing just one match for them. I believe that Nila and Caroline when playing together dropped just one rubber so congratulations to them and well played to all the team. It was interesting on the calls of "O Carol you fool" (and sometimes much worse!!) no one really knew who was getting told off with three Carols in the team.

Unfortunately the B team did not fare so well this year finishing bottom in their division 3a. This was partly due to several injuries in the team. We also had several new people playing in the B team and it takes time to get used to playing competitive matches against unknown players. Hopefully with these new players and those accustomed players we will be able to hold our own next year in div 4B and who knows might even gain promotion again like the A team did this year.

Well done to all those who gave their time to playing the matches for the B team there were a number of long distances to travel which made getting a team sometimes difficult. Please don't be despondent with the results just come back more determined next year.

Following closely behind the summer season we then started the mixed winter league. We had two teams playing mixed floodlit tennis. Unfortunately the mixed A team came bottom of their league and although they had some good matches they really were outplayed. This will mean that they will be demoted next winter.

The mixed B team under the leadership of Nila did much better and came second in their league which gives them promotion next winter. This will mean that the A and B teams will swap places so we will look forward to seeing how that goes.

My thanks to all those who played in the summer and winter leagues. Team practice continues on a Saturday morning so please contact Carol Smith on 01684 295303 or Andy Gray on 01452 725165 if you wish to play in any of the teams.

Pershore Indoor Ladies Tennis League

Once again this proved to be an interesting challenge to play in. The standard of tennis is high and players are very competitive. The format is that each of two pairs plays two nineteen game rubbers and every game counts! This year we were lucky to have a regular team who worked well as pairs and who made organising the matches really easy. We started slowly with two losses but then rallied with three draws and one very satisfying win. We finished in fifth place out of seven, a good result considering the level of competition.

Men's Teams

The Men's A Team had possibly their best season in Division 2 finishing in 4th place. Seven men played in total and everyone made a valuable contribution to the points total. Next year we're hoping to raise the level again and reach Division 1 this time next year.

With the new season is upon us, the Mens' B team look forward to another year of league tennis. With a mid table finish last season we hope to consolidate this with a push for promotion back up to Division 3. There are some familiar opposition in our league this year, Painswick E, EDF Energy A, Frampton A, Gloucester LTC B. Gotherington B & Lydney B.

The season consists of a home and an away match against each team. With a few team players moving to pastures new its a great opportunity for anyone interested in playing competitive tennis during the summer (matches are from April to August) to get involved. Each match involves four players (two pairs) but during the season each team requires a squad of approximately 8 players who are played & rotated accordingly.

Mens team practice for A & B teams is held 08:30 to 10:30 every saturday morning — we are always looking for new players so please just come along if you are interested or contact the relevant team captain.

Club Tournament

The hotly anticipated tournament finals were held on Saturday 10th March. It was good to see a crowd cheering (and heckling) the players for what turned out to be some exciting games of tennis. The results were as follows:

A full review of these matches along with presentation of the trophies will occur at the AGM. Thanks to everyone who entered. Hopefully it gives all members the opportunity to play competitive tennis over the winter months. The mixed doubles is always well subscribed with entries and hopefully we can continue to increase interest in the others for next year's tournament.

Social Tennis

Apart from Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings, attendance has been generally disappointing, so much so that the Monday evening session has been dropped. If you are a relatively new member, please don't be too shy to come along. You will get a warm welcome and playing with other people is the only way to improve your game.

Annual Quiz

The Annual Quiz in November was a great success. More people came than ever before and with the help of a raffle, there was a profit of £115. It was a frosty morning for our usual pre-Christmas event. Sixteen members came along but only four ventured onto the court, the rest being content socialise while enjoying the mulled wine and home made mince pies.