BLTC Newsletter: Spring 2014

Contents

Chairman's Report

Despite the recent windy and wet winter season, I hope this newsletter reaches you in an optimistic mood for another year of active tennis and other social events within the club. We aim to provide something to meet the needs of all levels of our membership.

Club facilities have been through a period of ongoing maintenance whilst plans are developed for improvements. The fabric of the pavilion remains in good condition and the court surroundings have been dealt with to prevent them becoming overgrown. The need to resurface courts 1 and 2 is becoming urgent, and it is planned to have this work done as soon as practical in 2014.

Our ambitions to extend floodlighting to courts 3 and 4 have been held back by limited opportunities to secure external funding. Lease renewal and update discussions remain a task to be concluded with the Parish Council, with the intention to provide for a further 25 years of tennis club activity on the site.

Your club continues to be represented in the Gloucestershire LTA winter and summer leagues. The teams have met with differing levels of success, as you can read elsewhere in this newsletter. Social tennis sessions continue to provide regular play for non league tennis several days each week, with internal tournaments throughout the year giving an added competitive edge.

Your club benefits from a range of coaching possibilities, and is managed by our Head Coach John Chidlow. His services can be used by all age ranges of junior membership as well as adult groups and individual classes. You are encouraged to make the most of these opportunities.

Periodic paper quizzes and an autumn quiz evening are also arranged so to provide non-tennis challenges to members. These serve to be entertaining social events, whilst at the same time raising additional funds for the benefit of all.

My thanks go to members who have contributed to any of the above, giving your time and effort to make the club what it is. We should all be mindful that both the formal committee roles and ad-hoc support are carried out in a volunteer capacity, and the success of the club is a tribute to those efforts. There have been additions to committee during the past year, and further changes will occur shortly. I hope that key roles can be filled by members willing to make a contribution to the running of the club.

The AGM is a chance to reflect on the past year, and to make plans for the next. I encourage you to come along and participate, meet other members, and take part in the draw for Wimbledon tickets.

Secretary's Report

There were more members than there have been since 2009, which reflects to a large extent the addition of a tinies coaching group. There were also more adults. Two adults, eight juniors, 5 minis and eight tinies joined to take advantage of the coaching programme. There were 53 new members. Dan Sutherland was unable to rejoin the committee following the arrival of his twins, but we were pleased to welcome Caroline Hodge and Glenn Saphin. We met six times during the year.

As I stated last year, at this AGM, I will have competed 20 years as Secretary, plus 2 years on the committee before that, so I will be retiring. The job is too time-consuming for one person, so we have decided to split it into more manageable blocks. Caroline has agreed to be Minute Secretary, Glenn has taken over the Wimbledon tickets, and you will now be able to get your floodlight tokens at £2.50 per half hour (note the increase) from Malcolm. As I write this, we are still looking for someone to be Membership Secretary and someone to take on the job of publicity in the Parish Magazine, just a short paragraph 10 times a year, sent in by the 12th of the preceding month. I hope these posts will be filled by the AGM. If you can offer to take on one of these posts, please contact me on 772030 or Malcolm on 772800. Until and at the AGM, I will be collecting Membership Fees, but please don't send them to me after April 2nd.

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 (there is no need to fill in a new form unless you have moved or changed your email address) 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 from Linda or you can register on line at http://www.lta.org.uk/Membership/.

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 on-going — despite 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

Thank you to all the members that have continued to attend coaching throughout the winter months — we certainly did have some rain! With this continued support I have now introduced a new Tennis Coach "Simon Molyneux". Simon will be helping me develop the club practically on court. We now seem to have some interest with the introduction of Tennis Tournaments — First one is 23rd March 2014 — More details at www.jfc-tennis.co.uk/tournament/ Look out for the up coming Easter Camps which start on 14th April & also the Summer Term sessions starting on 28th April 2014. Forms can all be downloaded from http://www.jfc-tennis.co.uk/coaching/.

Team Reports

Ladies Summer League

The ladies enjoyed some tough opposition this season with the A team playing in Division 2B and finishing mid table having won 3, drawn 4 and lost 5 matches. The majority of the matches were played by the 4 named players and as we finished mid table we will hold our position in Division 2B for the 2014 season.

The B team did extremely well and having been demoted last season played some great tennis and completed their matches to finish equal top with Upton St Leonards but won the league on percentage sets won meaning they will gain promotion again to play in division 4A in the summer 2014 season.

We all enjoyed some good social evenings following the matches and I would like to thank all the players for taking part in the leagues matches and for providing some good suppers for the social time after each of the matches.

If anyone would like to play league tennis please make yourselves known to me so that I can send you the fixture list once it is agreed. Remember it is the taking part that counts not just the winning although that obviously gives us all a welcome boost.

Men's Teams

The men's A Team had an enjoyable but ultimately frustrating season in Division 3A of the Dunlop Gloucestershire Summer league in that we missed out on promotion by a solitary point. Despite only losing to one team all season a few points slipped through our hands, including two rubbers that were lost by way of 3rd set tie breaks in the last game of the season.

Hopefully we can bounce back from that disappointment and gain promotion to Division 2 this summer. Thanks to all the players that played this season, men's team practice continues to flourish every Saturday morning, please call myself or Andy Gray if you're interested in coming along.

After the strong showing in 2012, the summer season of 2013 was disappointing for the Men's B Team. The squad was much depleted, and also suffered with injury absences. The combined effect was a run of losses, with a few draws, but no wins. The team was therefore relegated, and will compete in Division 5 for the coming season.

However we are optimistic that an increase in the number of team players, and a return to full fitness levels, will produce a more successful set of results in 2014.

Winter Mixed Doubles.

We entered one mixed doubles team again this year in the winter league in division 3 which was a surprise as we expected to go down a division this year, We had some very tough games again and with several matches having to be re-arranged due to the wet weather we finally finished the matches on Monday 24th February. Unfortunately despite some great efforts towards the end of the season we finished second from bottom.

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.

Club Tournament

The 2014 Tournament finals were held on Saturday 15th March. The results were as follows:

The winners will be presented with their trophies after the AGM

American Tournament and Social Events

The Memorial American Tournament in September held in Colin Smith's memory on September 28th was a great success, with 18 pairs taking part. Players and spectators alike enjoyed the competition, and socialising with a barbecue afterwards. In the finals, Jackie Woodward and Malcolm Waters played Judy Leyden and Martin Sime. The outright ladies' winner was Jackie, but because of the format of playing four games with your partner and four against, the men tied with four games each and so had a championship tie break to play. This was a close fought game, with Martin winning 11-9. Thanks to Roger Dobbs for manning the barbecue once again. The event raised £100 for Club funds towards the resurfacing of two courts.

The annual Quiz Evening was very well supported with 11 teams taking part, and proved to be a very enjoyable evening, as well as raising £159 for Club funds. Thanks to Jackie Dobbs for setting the questions. Jackie also set two paper quizzes and is currently working on another one! Thank you Jackie for all your hard work on the club's behalf.

Members also enjoyed a morning of mulled wine, mince pies and mixed doubles just before Christmas.

Wimbledon Draw

Please be aware the LTA has changed the ticket distribution and payment process. Winning members will be sent an email or letter from the LTA confirming their ticket allocation. This email/letter will direct the winning member to purchase their tickets via the LTA website or by phone. The winning member will have 14 days from the day the ticket was assigned to them and they were notified to make payment. This letter/email will also give the winning member the opportunity to decline the offer of tickets. If the payment deadline is missed or the tickets declined our Ballot Administrator will be notified by the LTA and the tickets re-allocated to the next winning member determined by the AGM draw. Tickets will be dispatched, late May, directly to the purchaser by the LTA.