Details of the 2017 tournament are now on the events page. Entries to be submitted by 6th May
A new and exciting feature this coming season is an automatic tennis ball machine complete with remote control. This will be an excellent addition to the club and will provide a new dimension for individual and group practise. This is a state of the art piece of equipment and will be available to the coach and all members through a system of management which will be put in place. Many thanks to councillor Derek Kennedy for his support in making this happen and to Jim Buckley for his work on the grant submission.
We have just completed rejuvenation of all 6 artificial grass courts. They are now in excellent condition and this gets the season off to a great start.
We have also replaced all the floodlight bulbs on courts 1 and 2, so you can cancel the visit to Specsavers!
The club AGM took place on 9 February. The Chairman thanked everyone for a successful season and expressed his thanks to the committee and team captains for their work over the year. He looked forward to working with the newly elected committee in the forthcoming season.
On 15 December we held a Christmas ‘mince pie and mulled wine’ floodlit fun tournament which is now in the calendar as an annual feature. Thanks to club coach Tom Geary for running a great event on the night and for Mary Oliver for organising the occasion which consisted of 20 players, young and old, mixing in and playing a round robin competition. The wine (and warm mince pies) kept the cold at bay very successfully! Well done to Caroline Armstrong and Glen Graham who won the main event following a close encounter with Cath Reed and Piers Willson. A special prize was presented to Jake Reed who was the youngest player in the tournament and who narrowly failed to make the semi-final with his more experienced partner Barbara Laidler.
Our club tournament was again very successful and thanks are due to Mary Oliver for all her efforts in making this happen. We had around 50 competitors and the tournament added considerably to the competitive spirit around the club over the summer. Well done to the winners of the main competitions – Graham Auld (Men’s Singles champion), Francesca Bell (Ladies’ Singles), Graham Auld and Patrick Brooker (Men’s Doubles), Francesca Bell and Thomas Barnes (Mixed Doubles), Francesca Bell and Kate Wilson (Ladies’ Doubles). Well done also to the ‘plate’ winners (for players knocked out in the first round of the main tournament) and to all who participated.
Season 2016-2017 has been a very active and busy one. Social tennis was much enjoyed as were the sessions organised by the individual team sections. On the competitive side we had 16 teams taking part in league competitions, enabling members of all standards to enjoy playing in a friendly but competitive environment. Many of our players were playing team tennis for the first time and we will continue to encourage such opportunities for all age groups and varying abilities.
The club has been delighted this summer to host a series of visits by Gateway into the Community, a Hexham based charity for people with learning disabilities. The sessions were thoroughly enjoyed by the participants and we, as a club, are pleased that we have been able to provide the opportunity for the group.
Our coach David Esther has left to take up a tennis academy opportunity in Bristol. We wish David well and thank him for the good work he did at the club during his time with us. We look forward to a fruitful relationship with his replacement Tom Geary who is keen to develop sessions with all members whether in groups or through individual coaching.