BLTC Newsletter: Autumn 2012


Chairman's Report

The previous newsletter highlighted that the committee was looking into renovating the courts over the next few years. Thus, the committee has been busy over the last couple of months preparing a funding application through Sport England. This funding would help us to further develop our facilities by having floodlights on the bottom two courts. Additional floodlights would assist with coaching provision, match play and recreational tennis during the dark winter months. Having courts 3 and 4 floodlit will also facilitate future re-surfacing and/or maintenance work on courts 1 and 2; ensuring all four courts would be accessible for play all year round. We should find out in December if we have been successful with our application or not.

We have yet to confirm a revised lease arrangement with the Parish Council. However, as a result of the funding application criteria we have had written confirmation from the Parish Council that they are happy to grant us a 25 year lease. This security will enable us to look into various additional funding streams for the future.

All aspects of the coaching programme are continuing to go well. I am pleased to say the provision thrived across the summer holiday tennis camps, which has helped encourage a few more juniors to join as members from September onwards. School links will be made again this year to provide tennis coaching for many youngsters in the local area.

Please be aware that the Club Tournament entries are due in as soon as possible (before the end of October). It would be fantastic to have as many people as possible enter the tournament. The Quiz evening will take place on Friday 23rd November at the Bowling Club - teams of 4 at £10 per team. It is possible to make teams on the night too so don't worry if you're struggling to get 4 on board!

As always thank you to all members for continuing to support the club. And of course the committee members, all of whom continue to work hard to ensure all aspects of the club run as smoothly as possible. If you have any suggestions on how you would like to see your tennis club develop, please do feel free to contact me.

Team Reports

Ladies' Summer League

The ladies teams this summer played in divisions 2B and 4B following the A teams promotion last summer. They had some tough games but managed to hold their place this year and so will continue next year in division 2. The A team matches were played mostly by four players and we enjoyed some good social evenings with the opposition. Unfortunately the B team did not fare so well again this season and finished bottom of their division meaning that they will be demoted next season. However with some new team players joining I feel that they just need to form some definite pairs for next season to regain their confidence. It is often hard in the lower divisions as new teams are working their way up the tables.

Mixed Winter League

Following on from the summer season we have now started the winter mixed league but have only put one team in this year. So far we have lost the two matches we have played but we know that this is a very tough team and hopefully we will be able to hold onto our position in div 3.

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.

Please also note that all team players will be entered in the singles tournament this year but ladies don't worry too much you will only need to play one championship tie-break set unless you get through to the semi finals when it will be the best of three sets.

Junior League Tennis

Please look out for details from John about junior league tennis for next year.

Men's A Team

The A Team had a disappointing year being relegated from Division 2. The loss of two regular players contributed to this but with a larger pool of players available for next year we're hoping to bounce straight back up to Division 2.

Mens B team

An enjoyable season of summer league tennis culminated with the B team missing out on promotion by the narrowest margin, finishing third on set difference behind second placed Frampton A (both on 29 points). We enjoyed a fantastic start to the season, including three 4-0 wins which meant we were top for the majority of the season, only knocked off by a late surge from strengthened opposition teams and some unlucky results in championship tie breaks

This season saw a few players make their B team debuts — all with some success which was great to see. Many thanks to all who have played this season: Bob Reid, Chris Richardson, David Curtis, Malcolm Waters, Martin Coates, Martin Sime, Tim Staples, and Tim Troughton.

Next season will hold its own challenges with making sure both the men's A and B teams fulfil their potential. I have no doubt though that with the promising additions to the B team from this season we will be more than capable of challenging for promotion again next season. We are always on the look out for anyone interested in playing competitive tennis. Men's team practice runs throughout the year at 08:30 – 10:30 Saturday mornings. We enjoy some training and match practice - so if you want to get involved please turn up to a session and join us!


John started two Tiny Tennis Groups after Easter which were successful. Some of the children have now moved up to a mini red group. All other coaching groups continue to be well attended.

Summer Coaching Camps

A range of camps was run over the summer holidays and were very well attended.

Adult Coaching

John is now running a series of group sessions for adults, full details are on the website. This can all be viewed at:

Social Tennis

Social sessions are held on Wednesday and Sunday mornings, Monday and Thursday evenings and Friday afternoons all the year round. There is a charge of 50p to cover the cost of balls. Floodlights were free in September and from October the charge at the two evening sessions will be £1 to include floodlights, which can be switched on without the use of tokens.

Daytime sessions during the week haven't been well-supported, so please come along if you are free. You will be very welcome and you don't need a partner.

No one has been playing on Monday evenings for some time, so it has been suggested that Cardio Tennis might be more popular in the New Year. Contact John if you would be interested, or for more information.

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 except for early rounds of ladies singles which will be just a championship tie break — with semi finals onwards revering to best of 3 tie break sets — with the intention that all team players should enter the ladies singles so we have an increase of entrants! >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 will be played on one day, Saturday 16th March, followed by a 'bring and share' tea at about 4:30pm. 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 which can be downloaded and return it with the entrance fee as soon as possible.

2011/2012 Tournament Winners

Social Events

Quiz Night

This annual event will take place at Bredon Bowling Club on Friday 23rd November, 7pm for a 7:30pm start. The bar will be available and contributions will be welcome for a 'bring and share' supper. There will also be a raffle, so please donate a prize even if you can't come. Teams of 4, £10 per team to enter. Come along and join in the fun.

Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and Mixed Doubles

On Saturday 15th 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