BLTC Newsletter: Spring 2016

Contents

Chairman's Report

A warm welcome to you all for the 2016 season and I hope once again that the club will continue to meet your needs.

Our courts and pavilion facilities have remained in good condition over the past twelve months. However, it is important that we keep a close watch on the intrusive mares tail weed along the eastern side of the courts next to the farmed field. This grows aggressively during warmer weather, and has the potential to create a very uneven playing surface. At the northern end of the courts near the tree line we also deal with the effect of moss growth through the winter months. Moss killer has recently been applied here to remove the danger of a slippery surface.

The long negotiations continue with the Parish Council in respect of the lease and annual rent for the tennis club. We are a key part of the sporting facilities at Bredon Playing Fields and all parties wish that to be the case well into the future.

Social tennis sessions and competitive league matches are played throughout the year, in addition to occasional tournaments. Success in winning their respective divisions were achieved in summer league mens doubles and winter league mixed doubles in the past year. After three years of coaching endeavours at Bredon, our Head Coach John Chidlow departed at the end of last summer season. As a replacement we are pleased to welcome Simon Filiatrault to the role, and look forward to a new programme of coaching as 2016 season gets underway.

The club website is a very helpful reference for all information about the club. Please look there for regular updates. My thanks go to all who have given time and effort to keep the club functioning. Committee work and other support are all volunteer activities. Do please let us know if you would like to help out in any way.

The AGM in April provides the chance to look back on the past year, and to make plans for the next. You are encouraged to come along and participate, meet other members, and take part in the draw for Wimbledon tickets. Malcolm Waters

Footnote – Bredon Rugby club have recently introduced a Social (affiliated) Membership class giving access to their clubhouse and bar for members of another Bredon Sports Club. Please see their website for further details.A warm welcome to you all for the 2015 season. I hope that each of you will find something in the activities of the club to fulfill the ambitions of your membership.

Secretary's Report

Membership figures for the 2015/16 season show an overall decrease of 27 (15.5%) from 174 to 147 from the previous season. The Adult and Concession figures combined shows a decrease of 8 (11.3%) from 71 to 63, whilst the Junior sections combined have decreased by 19 (18.4%) from 103 to 84. Although on the face of it this seems worrying, an explanation might be found in the treatment of attendance payment at coaching sessions.

Through a great deal of administration effort in the previous 2014/15 season many of the junior players receiving coaching lessons were successfully encouraged to become fee paying members. However, a significant number of those chose not to renew in the following season. The Club now operates a policy that only BLTC members may benefit from coaching carried out on BLTC courts. It is hoped that membership numbers will grow once more with a new coaching programme being established in 2016.

The committee met several times again during the year and discussed a range of topics. Unfortunately, some of the same “old” issues remain on the agenda and unresolved such as a new lease. Meetings have taken place between some members of the committee with a working party from the Bredon Parish Council regarding the high level of rent increase being demanded from the Club. This has proved to be a disappointment from the Clubs perspective as we have failed, despite our best efforts, to make them understand we have limited monetary resources and have no bar (as do the other clubs) in which to raise extra revenue.

As many of you may know, I resigned from my position as Membership Secretary last summer. Carol Smith has taken on the role for the time-being. The club is becoming concerned at dwindling membership numbers (adults in particular), thereby reducing revenue for bills/rent/insurance, and of course accumulating funds for periodic court resurfacing. I would encourage members to consider whether or not they are able to further support the Club, not just by their continued membership which is very much valued, by perhaps joining the committee to help maintain, and manage, the facilities we enjoy today.

Jackie Woodward

As mentioned in Jackie’s report she resigned as membership secretary during the year and despite e-mailing the membership no one came forward to take on the position.

This is a position of one of the officers of the club appointed on the committee and as such the club needs the position to be filled for the club to continue to run.

I took on the position for the interim period but on the proviso that I resigned as Team organiser. The position of membership secretary is open for anyone who would like to be considered by the committee and membership so if you are interested then please contact Malcolm on 01684 772800 or myself on 01684 295303.

I will be accepting membership payments from any who wish to pay at the AGM and would remind you all that payment can now be made by internet banking.

For details of payment options log onto http://www.bredon-tennis.org.uk/ and click on membership and then on download renewal. Carol Smith

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 slightly lower than last year. After resurfacing of courts 1&2 in 2014/2015, 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 our 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 this winter was happening on a Saturday afternoon. There were 8 dedicated players who turned up every week despite the wind, rain and the cold.

The sessions were based around coordination, movement and technique and it was rewarding to see the players improve quickly from week to week. I am hoping to build up the programme as the weather gets better and more players will be willing to give it a go. I will continue with the Saturday programme and a couple of Easter day camps with a view to add more sessions as demand increases.

I am planning to establish strong links with local schools at the beginning of the term to recruit more players. Full details of the coaching sessions available can be found on the website.

I look forward to seeing you all on the courts

Simon F

Team Reports

It is exciting times for Bredon Team tennis as a third Men’s team has been entered into the summer league and a team entered into the Aegon Men’s team tennis league.

Reports for last season’s teams follow:

Ladies Summer League

Ladies A-Team

The ladies enjoyed some tough opposition this season with the A team playing in Division 2A and finishing mid table having won 5, drawn 3 and lost 4 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 2 for the 2016 season.

Nila More

Ladies B-Team

The Ladies “B” team played the summer league division 4A with a squad of 10 ladies with the majority of them winning 50% of the rubbers that they played. We managed to hold our position in the league winning 5 matches, losing 5 matches and gaining 2 draws and with those results we finished mid table. My thanks to all those who played we enjoyed some great tennis and good social times following the matches.

Carol Smith

Men’s A Team Division 2A

The Men’s A team had been promoted to Division 2A and the increased quality of the opposition together with unfortunate injuries and player unavailability led to the team ending the season in 6th place. Some good matches were played however, this being demonstrated by 12 rubbers being decided by Championship tie-breaks, with 9 being lost !

As it happens 6th place was enough to maintain our position in Division 2A and it is hoped with an injury free campaign and the experience gained from last season that we can achieve a higher finishing position this year

A Hickling

Men’s B Team Division 5A

The Men’s B-Team encountered pastures new in the 2015 season with matches against Minchinhampton, Bourton Vale, Oxstalls, EDF Energy, Taynton & Tibberton and local rivals Cheltenham Civil Service E. The B-Team lost just once and recorded 9 wins and 2 draws and finished 5pts clear of 2nd placed Cheltenham Civil Service E, whom they beat 4-0 away on the final game to be crowned Division 5 Champions.

The team consisted of Tim Troughton (Captain), Matthew Cartwright, Chris Richardson, Tim Staples, Dan Sutherland, Malcolm Waters, Bob Reid and Robert Ralph. The B-Team is promoted into Division 4A for the forthcoming 2016 Summer Season

Winter Mixed League

Mixed A-Team

The Mixed A team finished in mid-table in Division 3 after some hard-fought matches played in good spirit against some good opposition. Thanks to everyone who played in the team. A special mention is given to Rosemary Holland and Caroline Hodge who stepped up to play several matches for the team while Carole was unwell as without their contributions the team would probably have been relegated.

Mixed B-Team

Having entered a second team into the winter mixed league this year we can report that the “B” team have had a very successful season finishing top of division 7. The matches were played by a squad of 11 players and with the exception of one match we managed to keep to set pairs. At the beginning of the season we had the unfortunate situation of fielding just one pair for the match at Bourton Vale due to other commitments of the ladies of the team but once we recovered from that the season went well with us winning 7 out of the ten matches.

We won 51 of the 76 sets we played and 402 games out of 697. All matches were played in good spirits and a nice social time with supper followed. My thanks to all the players who took part and we look forward to playing again next year in division 6

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 2015/16 Tournament finals were held on Saturday 12th March. The results were as follows:

  • Men's Doubles: Matthew Sime & Martin Sime beat Malcolm Waters & Tim Troughton (4-6, 6-4, 6-4(
  • Ladies' Doubles: Nila More & Rosemary Hollandbeat Caroline Hodge & Claire Ralph (6-4, 6-3)
  • Mixed Doubles: Martin Sime & Nila More beat Dan Sutherland & Carole Bankes (6-2, 6-2)
  • Mixed Doubles Plate: Malcolm Waters & Jackie Woodward beat Phil Hodge & Caroline Hodge (7-6, 6-1)
  • The winners will be presented with their trophies after the AGM

    American Tournament and Social Events

    On 5th September we once again held the Colin Smith Memorial American Tournament. This is an open tournament held in Memory of Colin a previous Chairman and team player of the Tennis Club. This year for the first time ever we actually had the same number of male and female players (20) which meant that no male player had to wear a skirt and change his name as has happened in the previous two years with Martin becoming Martina and Nigel (Tim) becoming Nigella.

    We also had two non-members join us. The weather was just right and all matches were played competitively but in a friendly manner!! The overall winners of the tournament were Stuart Hutchison beating Matt Cartwright and for the ladies Carole Bankes beating Nila More. The cup was presented to be shared between Stuart and Carole until next year’s tournament. The members all contributed food to the table and a great BBQ was cooked by Roger Dobbs again and this was enjoyed by all. £125 was raised half of which went to The British Heart Foundation and half to the Tennis Club. Members also enjoyed a morning of mulled wine, mince pies and mixed doubles just before Christmas.

    Wimbledon Draw

    The draw for Wimbledon tickets will be held at the Bredon LTC AGM. The LTA requires draw participants to be registered as an affiliated British Tennis Member (adult/junior) linked to Bredon LTC and to have opted into the Wimbledon Draw on the LTA website. Presence at the AGM (or written notice of absence) is not a requirement of entry into the Wimbledon Ticket draw. Affiliate British Tennis Membership is free to Bredon LTC members. Forms are available in the pavilion or you can register on the LTA website.

    After the AGM the Wimbledon draw winners will be contacted by the Bredon LTC Ballot Administrator, to select/reject from the available tickets. Winning members will then 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.