It’s been a busy start to the season and with the summer holidays nearly upon us I thought it a good time to update you on a few things.
Firstly, I’d like to share with you some good news – we have been awarded a £500 grant from Seniors Tennis GB to spend on promoting tennis to new and lapsed players over the age of 35. The grant has only just been confirmed and the Committee is still to decide how best to channel the monies to best effect, but look out for some subsidised offers coming out, including further beginners coaching and special membership deals.
Secondly, some important dates for Junior members to note:
Junior Singles competition – Saturday 13th June (4pm & 5pm coaching sessions/equivalent)
Junior + Senior Doubles competition – Saturday 27th June (juniors by invitation only)
Members Junior Fun Day and Family BBQ – Saturday 4th July (all Members welcome)
The competitions commence at 1.00pm and the Fun Day at 2.00pm. For further details please contact Gillian or see the noticeboard in the clubhouse.
A number of club competitions have already been decided. In April we played our Open Veterans (40+) Singles tournament, with Alistair McKenzie-Harman proving too strong despite stiff competition. Alistair now has the job of taking good care of the Club’s oldest trophy, which dates back to the 1930s. In May, the Open Doubles tournament was held, with Ewen Campbell and Henry Murray running out worthy champions. We also hosted a tennis fun day at the end of May as part of Kinghorn Gala week, which saw 20 youngsters participating in various games organised by our Club coach, Nicol – a memorable day because the sun actually shone!
The ever popular annual Quiz Night was held last Friday, with 16 attendees filling the clubhouse and helping to raise £90 towards club funds. Thanks to Duncan Clark (again!) for being such a good quizmaster and Gillian for excelling (as usual!) with the catering.
At the Committee Meeting in May we agreed to take forward various projects, including creating a Club website, improving facilities within the clubhouse, new signage and refurbishing the practice area. We also agreed to look into extending our coaching capabilities by sponsoring someone through their LTA Level 1 Coaching Assistant course – if you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity please feel free to contact me.
And finally, a plea to players of all ages – we are having increasing issues with chewing gum on the courts. Gum is not only unsightly, it sticks to the porous surfacing and lifts out bits of macadam, which provides a foothold for frost to break up the surfacing over the winter months - so no gum please on court!
John Brennan - Club President