It’s been a busy winter at our tennis club and now that we are heading into the Spring, there are many fun and exciting things to get involved in.
Mark's Tennis Aces News Letter has many opportunities for both Adults and Juniors - including our annual box league for juniors and a new singles ladder for adults.
There are also details about Easter camps and Spring Term Time coaching programme.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact Mark.
Good news for all us ladies who struggle a bit to do 6 sets in the summer league, late teas and arriving home from away games at midnight, our Ladies Captain, Lou Nanda has been campaigning over the last few seasons with the league to change the format, and this will change for this summer, after the proposal went to a vote at the AGM. After they consulted with other leagues and clubs the proposal that was passed was as follows: -
The change is applicable to the ladies only so far. The men's is staying in the 18 set format with the option to agree the short 12 set format and when they play 12 sets the below system of all pairs playing each other will prevail. For ladies 12 sets will be the default play and 18 sets may be played if both captains agree. (very rare last year only 23% of matches played more or less than the 12 sets)
The format of the 12-set game has changed and it means that every couple will play each couple of the opposition.
Round 1 (1 set)
URGENT - crunch time on Wimbledon Tickets
As only 60 members are currently opted in with the LTA Wimbledon BTM scheme for this year, our Wimbledon ticket allocation as it stands, will be greatly reduced from last year. So as we are sure you’ve all made New Year resolutions to get stuff done and out of the way, PLEASE make a 2 minute call to this number 0208 487 7000 and selecting option 1. They just ask your name, postcode and club and opt you in. Final registration date is in Feb so do it NOW.2 More Important Dates For Your Diary
The Sports Club AGM is set for Monday February 26th and the Tennis Club one for Monday March 12th, both at 7.30pm. They are the one chance of the year to formally affect the structure and workings of the club, so if you have something on your mind, come down and have your say.
A New Year Winner!
We had a lot of entries into our New Year Quiz and most of you were pretty well informed about recent club news and happenings. But only a handful of people got 100% - all of whom, funnily enough, are on the committee! However, in front of independent witnesses, the winning name that was drawn was our lovely Ladies Captain Lou Nanda. So, we expected her to be very smartly dressed this season in her iProSports prize but she has very kindly donated the prize to the tennisathon raffle.
However you can refresh that old kit at www.iprosports.co.uk/club-zone/knutsford-tennis-club/and look gorgeous for the season.
TENNISATHON - urgent call out
The prep is underway for our big Tennisathon event on 29/30th June, but we have a couple of urgent requests of you. The 1st is easy. Any unwanted and unopened (no half-eaten boxes of Quality Street thank you!) Christmas presents, we would love for our raffle. So please dig them out and anything else with a new value of £10+ and give them to Anna Righton (in complete confidence - she promises complete discretion, and assures us that Bill won’t be tempted by the chocolates) or to any committee member.
Also, we are desperate for any of you who know a celebrity. Could you persuade them to volunteer to spare us an hour or so on Friday 29th June to open the event in grand style. It worked really well last time and helps with PR. So please use your charms on your well-known local figures (who ideally have a soft spot for tennis) and let us know. We’ll be eternally grateful. We will also have some ex Davis Cup players, to rub shoulders with, running a few coaching sessions on the Saturday so keep your eyes open for further details.
Don’t forget - line up your friends and family for an hour court slot as well.
More details will be released in the coming weeks.
Get Ready for a Bit of Valentine "Courting"
Following the successful Halloween and Xmas Clubnights , we are planning to run similar events regularly in 2018, so the first special Clubnight is for Valentines which will happen on Tuesday 13th. It also happens to be Shrove Tuesday so pancakes may be involved, though we think it could get a bit messy tossing pancakes with your rackets!
Please note that unlike the last 2 specials, when the nibbles were free, we will have to charge a nominal figure to cover Andy Lynes’ and Lou’s costs.
Come along and get “Courting” – open to all members.
Just A few Coaching Places Remaining
It’s not too late to sign up for Mark’s coaching sessions, both junior and senior, for tennis and cardio. Go onto the TennisAces website www.tennis-aces.co.uk or click on the link via www.knutsfordtennisclub.org.uk. Come on you know you’ve been intending to sign up for that cardio session and the kids for Saturday morning. Well now is the time.
…. a few words from Bill Jackson. On 12th January, twenty eight of the regular Friday tennis ladies and men took part in the 10th Annual Rose Bowl Tournament held in memory of the late member Diana Jackson. Once again the weather was kind and everyone enjoyed 4 sets of mixed doubles to a rotating format organised by Sue Jarrold and Anna Righton with points awarded for each game won. Victory went to veteran Dave Hunt with 24 points.
The event was followed by a gourmet lunch and refreshments, main courses provided by the ladies this year with the men serving up desserts, topped off with a poem from Gerard McCreesh.
Over £500 was raised to be donated to the charity Cancer Research.
Many thanks to all that contributed to make this such a special event.
On 12th January, many of our regular Friday Morning tennis ladies and gentlemen took part in the 10th Annual Rose bowl tournament held in memory of the late Diana Jackson who was a member of our tennis club. Twenty-eight members braved the January weather to see who would be crowned the winner this year, previous winners include Lou Nanda and last year’s victor Valerie Edminson - who came to defend her title!
Everyone enjoyed four sets of mixed doubles to a rotating format which was organised by Sue Jarrold and Anna Righton. Points were awarded for each game won. There was a friendly, but competitive atmosphere in the air and victory went to 'veteran' Dave Hunt with a total of 24 points, who is now tasked with keeping the Rose Bowl safe for the next 12 months!
The event was followed with a gourmet lunch and refreshments, main courses were provided by the ladies this year, with the men serving up deserts. Lunch was topped off with a poem from Gerard McCreesh.
Over £500 was raised, to be donated to Cancer Research this year. Many thanks to all that contributed to make this such a special event.
I hope you have had a great Christmas break and are now ready for 2018 at Knutsford Tennis Club...
We kick off on Friday 5th with Junior Club Night resuming for all our junior members - 4.30-6.00pm (Primary School Years 4 to 6) 6.00-7.30pm (All secondary school years)
Then the Tennis Aces Coaching Programme starts from Saturday 6th and each night next week for a 10 week block period.
The full coaching programme for adults and juniors can be viewed on the Tennis Aces website.
You will see cardio tennis for adults has moved back to 7.30-8.30pm on Monday nights and is a great and different way to exercise.
Ladies, there are opportunities during the day and evening on Thursdays with my ladies morning and Katies evening session.
The full junior programme caters for all aged 4 through to 18 and is explained on the website by the child's school year. The full coaching programme is open to members and non-members.
You can sign up at -
firstname.lastname@example.org www.tennis-aces.co.uk 07787510702
Finally, our Adult Club night resumes from Tuesday 9th 7.00-9.00pm. Open to all our full adult members that are confident in playing a social game of tennis.
Please keep an eye on for news bulletins from the club and myself regarding all the exciting and new opportunities that will be arising throughout the year at our fantastic tennis club. So lets wrap up, blow away the Christmas cobwebs and get back on court.
Here's to 2018 at KTC
Mark & Katie
Then as if Christmas hadn't been festive enough already, the ladies had another celebration of their own on the 18th December, when about 30 ladies turned up to play (in thick fog) or just socialise. There was plenty of Prosecco and food courtesy of Waitrose and Nicky and Louise's online ordering skills. It was great to see some team ladies plus daytime and recent new members mixing in. A very big thank you to Nicky Arnell who has organised our Monday sessions brilliantly all year.
A last chance to wish all our members a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. See you in 2018
Our Christmas Club Night get together. The snow halted play on our tennis courts but the competitiveness continued indoors on the table tennis tables together with the very skilful "Play your cards right" or Higher or Lower. There was a fiercely fought table tennis battle in the final between Bill Jackson and Mahmood Elamin against Dave Buffers and.....our own coach Mark Airey!!
Surprisingly Mark allowed Bill and Mahmood (possibly also due to some Elfin' skulduggery) to win through to the final knockout stage of “Higher or Lower” which we're pleased to announce after a fun evening at KTC - Mahmood Elamin is our KTC Christmas 2017 winner .... Well done Mahmood (sorry but no spare silver cups this time).
Thanks again to Lou and Andy for the excellent nibbles (less nibbles but giant hot dogs with fried onions).
It's our annual Christmas Club night on the 12th December 2017. The fun starts at 7pm, with tennis and games - and should the weather not be favourable, there will be indoor activities. All members are welcome to come and have a glass of cheer to toast the festive season.
Fancy dress is positively encouraged - here's a video from 2009 to get you in the Christmas spirit...anyone you recognise?
Once again our Annual Quiz Night was a great success and the hall at the club was buzzing with over 75 enthusiastic quizzers. Quiz Master Mockett set some challenging and fun questions - including a picture and music round for the teams to test their knowledge against. Members of the committee provided a pan or two of chilli and the various recipes appealed to all taste buds, with only a few grains of rice left at the end.
On the night the raffle and proceeds amounted to over £850, a good start to raising funds for the new junior surfaces on courts 6 and 7. This is now an annual event, so keep your diaries free for next year, and see if you can beat this year's winners - the aptly titled 'Steve's Worst Nightmare'
Thanks to all who attended, all those who helped on the night and made this once again a fantastic evening. Our next social event for members is our Christmas themed Club Night on the 12th December. The fun starts at 7pm - fancy dress is positively encouraged!
Special thanks from the committee go to Andy Lynes, Andy Tucker and Steve Mockett, who organised the night. Andy Lynes is our Social Secretary, and is always looking for volunteers to support him with club events. If you are interested in helping, you can find his details here
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