June News Part 1

Posted by Neil Miller on 17 June 2019

New Pro Shop Opening Soon!

We are very excited to announce that we have agreed with Top Spin Tennis to open a Pro Shop in the top clubhouse and work has already taken place to build the shop within. The official opening will be on Saturday 6th July. Watch this space for more details nearer the time aswell as special offers!

The shop will be managed by our very own Huw and supported by CT. Huw will continue offering his stringing service on site but will now move out of the broom cupboard and up to the top clubhouse with the shop.

Top Spin Tennis are a friendly, family business combining excellent 'old fashioned' customer service within a modern Internet environment. Their business is based around advising customers on the best products for them and they are very proud of their ever growing repeat customer base.

Created in 2003, Top Spin Tennis have quickly grown to become one of the UK’s largest shop based racket sports specialist with seven pro-shops where you can touch, try on or 'wave around' rackets, clothing and shoes as well as get expert advice on their application, use and maintenance.

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New Clay Court Coming!

Court 8 (the acrylic court nearest the main clubhouse with floodlights) will be converted to artificial clay from June 17th. The work will take 3 to 4 weeks so watch out for forklift trucks and vans during this period. This is the final major investment we specified in the 2015 - 2020 Business Plan and brings the total spent on court and club improvements to £300,000 - all funded out of club income and reserves! 

The three clay courts in a row will be out of action on Wednesday 19th June for de-compaction maintenance. This will involve all of the sand being sucked out, cleaned and put back into the underlying carpet. These courts get heavy use so over the 6 years we have had them have become compacted and rain is not draining through as it should. 

Going forward all of our clay courts will have a similar annual maintenance programme to keep them in good order.

Clay Court Line Brushes, Foot Cleaning

On a related note, we have purchased a new foot bath which is by the fire escape side of the clubhouse facing Court 3. We also have a new foot brush cleaner by the main clubhouse door. 

Members please use one of the foot baths or the brush cleaner if you have been on any of our clay courts before going into the clubhouse through any of the various entrances! Our clients who pay us to use our club room are having to sweep up sand before their sessions. 

Three new lines brushes have been purchased to trial a new design. These are a bit wider so should do a good job of keeping the lines and particularly the baselines free of sand. Do please use them and try for a good clean, straight, line!

Mixed Night Takeaway - Thursday 6th June

John Ramsbottom is organising a takeaway for Mixed Night this Thursday, 6th June. £10. Contact John if you want to place an order (john@pipers37.com)

Don't Forget! French Open Tournament - 9th June

FRENCH OPEN TOURNAMENT

SUNDAY 9th JUNE, 9.30 - 1PM

DOUBLES - ENTER WITHOUT A PARTNER - ENTRY FEE: £10

BRIE, BAGUETTES AND WINE SERVED!

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO ENTER CONTACT SCOTT@CHALLENGE-TENNIS.COM

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES: SATURDAY 8TH JUNE

Junior Team Tennis Update

Some very good results from our junior Team Tennis section:

The U12s below beat Chesham Bois 4-2 in Team Tennis. Great game, despite lasting 2.5 hours!

Also, GMLTC just beat GXBL1 in TT 8&U match at home last week. Score: 24-8. The team consisted of Stan, Dan, Sasha and Cleo Cartledge. Top work by the red ballers! Stan, Dan and Cleo are all Bucks county players. 

On top of that, Stan and Cleo beat Chesham Bois in their 9&U orange ball TT match as well! Score: 6-4. Stan and Cleo's dubs pairing clinched it in straight sets!

Well done all!

Coaching News from CT

Junior Match Plays

Lee will be running 3 Sunday Match Plays at the club in the summer. Join in for fun and to test all those awesome tennis skills you have been working on! Dates to follow shortly.

Summer Term Focus - Check the coaching boards or the website

View what you will be focusing on this term on the website. Look under the Futures or Challengers tab to see what you are working on. If you would like to discuss this term, please contact us or speak to your coach.

GMLTC at Hyde Heath Fete

Many thanks to John Ramsbottom and Marie White for setting out and staffing our stall at the Hyde Heath Fete on Saturday 11th May. This helped raise our profile in this nearby community. 

Many thanks also to Tor Stockdale, Jill Stiel, Bryan Allsop, Jeremy Hilton and Sri & Sucheta Lyengar for coming along and talking to passers by. 

Good job team!

A piece of silver jewellery found...

A piece of silver jewellery was found on a chair on Court 10 (acrylic nearest top clubhouse).

The owner can claim it from the office.

Neil's Note

Hello everyone and a warm welcome to the 42 new members who have joined us in April and May! It's been a while since the last Note so apologies for it's absence to those who read it, and the length of this one! 

A number of members have asked how we did in retaining members during the renewal period in April. The good news is that we have added 64 new members since January 1st this year - including the 42 who have joined in the last two months. We are now at 480 members so some way to go over the summer to get back to where we were at 575 before renewal season. Of course we have the usual drop off of people moving away, injury or work commitments getting in the way of leisure time. We have yet to hear from 16 adults, 56 juniors and 21 associated social parent members so some of these may come back over the summer. 

Well done to Colin and Craig for getting the grass courts ready for Open Day a few weeks ago. They are looking in great shape. The Committee have decided to reduce the availability of the grass courts to other coaches / pro's in the run up to the grass court competitive season. I got the pricing wrong last year and we had too much use by too many pro's which damaged the courts. We will still host, for a fee, the RAF for their inter-service match in June, some County training on one afternoon and one or two local competitors needing some practice before Wimbledon. Please do abide by the "no play before 10am" rule and the courts need to be bone dry thereafter for play. Please do not adopt "it'll be ok" if it is damp. 

As you will read in this Newsletter, Top Spin Tennis have are setting up a Pro Shop in the top clubhouse. Huw will run it and I hope member's will find it handy to have stringing, rackets, clothes and shoes available at the club. The club will also benefit by taking a small % of the revenue generated as a fee for using our facility. In other developments, new benches have appeared to replace some rickety old ones on most of the courts and recently Huw and I helped Holmer Green Senior School with a funding application to HS2 to support building new indoor tennis courts. Hopefully they will get the grant they need as the courts are supposed to be built by September. It would be useful to have access to indoor facilities nearer than High Wycombe. 

Many thanks to Mike Doran who has taken over as Junior Coordinator on the Committee. He has great enthusiasm for the club and junior tennis and will welcome lots of volunteers for Junior Night BBQ duty! Mike can be contacted on doranmik@yahoo.com if you have any questions, observations or can help with Junior tennis.

A couple of new junior programmes with CT are now underway that are very encouraging. Chris Graham has started running weekly sessions for children with autism from Heritage House School. This is funded by Bucks LTA and thanks to Julian Harris for instigating this programme. We are also running a Performance Player Pathway programme for juniors in the Orange / Green / Yellow ball category with some extra coaching. We are hoping to launch a similar programme for good potential mini-reds after half term that is also funded by Bucks LTA. 

On a final note, I saw in a recent Bucks LTA newsletter from the Chairman that Padel tennis has now been adopted by the LTA. To quote: "with support from Sport England, the LTA has now taken operational control for the development of Padel Tennis as a sporting activity". Topical given our discussion at the January AGM on possible future developments at GMLTC! . 

Until next time, happy hitting! 

Neil

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