Welcome to the 2020 newsletter. We aim to be a friendly and inclusive club, encouraging people of all ages and levels of experience to have the opportunity to play and enjoy tennis. Whether you are a full member, a junior or someone who can only play occasionally, this is your club. Or perhaps you are looking at the possibility of joining. Be assured that you would be very welcome. You will be able to find plenty of opportunity to improve your game, keep fit and enjoy the experience.
Our fourth and final court was laid with artificial grass last year and we are very pleased to have so many all-weather surface courts to play on. They have proved very effective over the winter and we aim to keep them in good shape. One of our members, Dave Winters, has taken on the role of leading the maintenance and we are grateful to him and to Kevin Turner who does so much for the club alongside many other volunteers.
Our club is situated in a private park run by the Wythall Community Association. Maintaining this park is not easy. As a charitable trust it also relies on a team of local volunteers. Unfortunately, the Trustees have not been able to balance the books for a while now and reserves are depleted. The action they have decided to take is to increase rents significantly (our rent has doubled this year). This represents £2,000 we had not budgeted for. We are challenging this but ultimately any increase will have to find its way through to our membership fees. We have not done so this year though. The small increase against last year’s membership represents inflation and a small allowance for maintenance costs. We believe this continues to offer good value for a year of tennis at the club. If anyone is interested in becoming a Trustee of the Association in order to represent the Tennis Club and play an active role in the future of the park, then please let myself or Kevin know.
Our coaching team of Alex Doffman and Kevin Turner continue to provide a wide range of options for all ages. We encourage juniors to participate in local competitions and have had some notable successes. Youngsters are invited to join with the adult players as they develop so that they gain experience and again this has proved beneficial in improving everyone’s game. There are opportunities for adult beginners, regular social tennis and competitions, as well as league teams for those wanting to represent the club. It truly is a club for all and we look forward to enjoying the sport with you this year.