Fulfilling our Vision

Since 2015, WTC has had a vision to update all four of our courts. We decided on Astro-Turf because of its many benefits. Astro-Turf is less slippery when it rains and dries out much quicker too. Another benefit is that the ball is slower and bounces lower, they are softer than a hard court, and therefore gentler and more forgiving on the joints. Our courts would be all-weather and used all year-round.

With this in mind, we started applying for small grants from the local council and creating fundraising events. Court 1 & 2 were updated in May 2016 which were self-funded through membership fees and fundraising. Court 3 was June 2018, where we were awarded a grant for £17,790 from Bromsgrove District Council (backed by our Councillor Sue Baxter) from a community fund provided by developers building new homes in this area.  At the start of August this year, Court 4 was also laid with Astro-Turf using club funds raised again through membership fees, fundraising and support from local events like the Wythall & Hollywood Fun Run.  

Fundraising and community events have included family skittles evenings, presentation afternoons and we were even hired at St. Marys Church to coach.  So, we would just like to say a huge thank you to our members for their continued support and to the local community because without you we could not have fundraised the money to update our club.   

We now have four Astro-Turf, all weather, all year-round courts and we feel very lucky and blessed to have them. We hope they will be well used not just by our regular members but by the wider community so that as many people as possible can enjoy the game of tennis.  Thank you.

Below for just a few pictures of our new courts…

Spring Mini Green Tournament

On Sunday April 28th Wythall Tennis Club held their Spring Mini Green tournament. Those taking part were Lewis Bridgens, Harry Kazmi, Ethan Astle and Matthew Powell.

After the round robin matches Lewis and Matthew qualified for the final and Ethan and Harry then played for 3rd place.

Ethan took 3rd place defeating Harry in a close match and Lewis won the final against Matthew 4-2.  

Spring Mini Orange Tournament

Wythall Tennis Club held their Spring Mini Orange tournament on Saturday April 27th. The juniors who entered were: George Hughes, Eban O’Reilly, James Tonks, Alex Willett, Noah Hemming and Katie Bridgens.

There was excellent tennis throughout the afternoon with Noah and Eban only just missing out qualifying for the semi finals. These saw George defeating Katie and James winning against Alex.

The final was won by George, defeating James 7-2.

Throughout the event Evie Hughes was a very efficient ball girl.    

Floodlit Plate Winners 2019

In March 2019 Wythall Tennis Club won the Stratford and District Winter League Doubles Floodlit Plate final. This was held at Littleton Tennis Club.

The achievement was even more impressive considering Tom Bick and Phil Todd were drawn away for all their qualifying matches. They beat Warwick Tennis Club, Shipston and Beckford.  In a close semi final Tom and Phil defeated Alcester.

The final was Wythall vs. David Lloyd Coventry. In the first set Wythall were in control until David Lloyd broke serve and took the set 6-4. Wythall levelled taking the second set 6-1. Wythall broke serve twice early in the final set to win the match and title 6-3.    

Charity American Tournament 2019

The committee chose The Gaucher Association in support of Grace Turner.

This year’s Charity Tournament was on Sunday 14th April 2019 and was in support of Grace Turner who has been a member of our club since she was 5yrs old. Recently, she was diagnosed with Type 1 Gaucher Disease, which is a rare genetic disorder with no cure. She will have ‘ERT’ enzyme replacement therapy for the rest of her life to control her symptoms.

The tournament had a great turn out, we had a total of 8 pairs which means all 4 of our courts were used. The weather was very cold, coats and hats were needed but the sun did eventually turn up for the finals. Our charity tournament is quite different to other tournaments we have. As it’s for charity every member can get involved to support the charity. We had a mixture of players from juniors/off-peak to full-time members, this also means we had a range of ages too (11-73yrs). The American tournament means each member gets to play more tennis throughout the day and gets to mix with members they may not know/played with before. An American Tournament consists of: £5 entry fee, playing 4 games with your partner, then 4 against, adding up your personal scores as you go along. Afterwards, the top 4 men and ladies play a semi-final and then a final. This all gets played on the same day.

In the final was Larissa and Kevin VS Alex and Harley. The final was very competitive with mother vs son and Head coach vs Club coach. There were some long battles and one or two saucepan shots. Due to time of day, only one set was played, Alex and Harley (Head coach and Son) won 6-2 however this score does not reflect the standard of play.

We raised our highest amount yet of £200. The donations came from the players and other members who wanted to support. A huge thankyou goes to Deborah, Bernadette and Jeanette who made some refreshments for the day. Also, to Sarah from the Gaucher Association who supported us with a fundraising pack.

Overall, the day was brilliant our chairman, Chris Maggs presented the prizes along with Grace who appreciated the support from the club and said she will be back to win some trophies soon, so watch out!!

Below are some photos from the day…

Tennis for Kids is Back with Club-Spark!

For just £25 your child will receive 6 high-quality lessons from our Head Coach, Alex Doffman. The lessons have been designed and developed by LTA ‘Tennis For Kids’ coaching experts. We are currently offering 2 courses for different age ranges which include children aged 4-7 and 8-11 yrs. Additionally, this package includes: a special Babolat Racket, Ball Set, and a personalised T-Shirt delivered right to your door.

If you would like more information please contact our Head Coach, Alex Doffman … to book a course please click this link.

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Coach: Alex Doffman
Tel: 07515356884
Email: alexdoffman@me.com

Presentation Afternoon🏆

On Sunday 3rd March 2019 WTC held its annual Presentation Afternoon to celebrate its members achievements within 2018.

We presented trophies and awards to those who have achieved success over the past year (2018) and after we all enjoyed a meal together. The event was for all members and their families to celebrate their successes together. Thanks goes to Deborah, Kevin and Chris for organising the day.

Congratulations to all the Winners and Runner-up’s of our in-house tournaments and to our juniors success.

Below are some pictures from the day:

2019 Newsletter

Chair of our club, Chris Maggs, has said a couple of words towards 2019…

Hello everyone,

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 club is situated within a beautiful private park run by the Wythall Community Association. This is a charitable trust which relies on a team of local volunteers. There is a small annual subscription of £10 to be a member of the WCA, enabling full use of the park. If you are not already a member then we can collect your subscription along with your Tennis Club membership fees and pass them on. If you are a member then we just need confirmation of your membership number to let the WCA know. You can extend your membership to include Wythall Community Club if you would like to. We have included details of the benefits and an application form in this pack so that you can decide if this suits you better. Payment for membership of the Community Club (which includes WCA membership) must be arranged directly with WCA, but we are happy to act as nominator and seconder of your application.

We were really pleased to have another of our courts laid with artificial grass last year. They are proving to be very good surfaces, allowing play to continue in wet weather. Thank you to all who voluntarily take care of the courts and the surrounding area with sweeping, weeding, moss control and litter picking. You are much appreciated. We encourage everyone to do their bit in and around the courts and clubhouse to keep our facilities in good shape.

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.

Chris Maggs,