After some truly awful winter weather, we finally got some Sunday sunshine in February and several of us have managed to have our first game of 2018 –
I don’t know about anyone else but the saying ‘things can only get better’ seems quite appropriate to my early performances on court!
The coaching has also been continuing over the winter, outside for the hardy older boys and adults, and indoors for the younger juniors. It really is important to keep the coaching and play going over the winter, and I’m sure we’ll see a feisty start to the season from those who have been coached/playing when the competitions calendar starts in April. The adult coaching continues on a drop-in basis at 2pm each Sunday until 25th March, so if you fancy giving it a go just turn-up at the courts and see Nicol (additional charges apply).
Quite a few of us have been playing indoors at the Community Centre on a Sunday evening, which has proven to be extremely popular, not to say competitive. The standard of play is noticeably better (and harder hitting) than last year, which might have something to do with the new ‘green’ balls we purchased at the end of last season. We have that booking until the end of March, so if you’d like to book a slot let me know quickly as most of the remaining weeks are already allocated.
It’s also that time of year when the Committee starts to gear up for the year ahead and on 8th February we held our first Committee Meeting of the year. Our agenda focussed on preparing for the AGM in March, reviewing the draft year-end financial position, planning for the transfer of coaching arrangements to Nicol, getting an update on the work of the Burntisland & Kinghorn Community Sports Hub, and the Central & West Fife Tennis Development Group, and starting to plan for our competitions and social calendar for the year ahead. We also discussed the Committee structure going forward and the need to fill vacancies on the Committee – so if you would like to help play a part in the management of the Club, then please speak to Kerry or me over the course of the coming weeks in advance of the AGM on 14th of March.
It may be only February, but we held our first social event of the year on the 24th, a ‘Curry and Quiz’ night at Kinghorn Golf Club. We had 50 members and friends there on the night, which was a fantastic turnout, definitely the biggest evening social event we have held to date. I do need to thank the Golf Club for hosting us, Ewen Campbell for organising the event and Alan McNiven for the huge amount of work involved in putting together what was referred to on the night as ‘the mother of all quizzes!’. The bookies favourite might have been ‘the tall, dark and handsome tennis dads’ (or some similar name which the Trading Standards might find equally questionable), but the clever money was on ‘Highly Strung’ (aka Team Penman), especially when so many points were up for grabs on tennis related trivia. In the end there was only a single point separating the top two teams, with Highly Strung taking the quizzing title for 2018 and associated haul of prizes. The raffle on the night raised £164, which will go a long way to keeping us in new balls for the season ahead. A big thank-you to everyone who supported the event!
Our social tennis will resume once the clocks have changed at the end of March, but anyone wanting to get a flying start will probably get a game from 5pm after we’ve had our AGM on 14th March. The Committee have again agreed to invite the older (yellow ball) juniors down on a Thursday evening; we may need to programme them in for a particular timeslot, but we’ll start the season with an open invitation and see how that works out.
That’s all for now – please do come along and support the AGM at 7pm on Wednesday 14th March in the clubhouse.
John Brennan - Club President