Junior Tournament

Our Monday and Wednesday Junior Coaching Sessions have been a fantastic success over this year and we have celebrated this by putting on a tournament for each age group, with over 60 children taking part!

The competition ran over the last few weeks during the sessions and was organised and led by our Head Coach Alex, supported as always by the fantastic Kevin.

Each of the children received a certificate sponsored by Melvin Danes (Wythall) and the winners received a medal to commemorate their success and sportsmanship.

If you would like more information on signing up to our Mini Tennis programme in 2020, please get in touch with either Alex or Kevin.

Here are some pictures from the tournament…

Family Winter Tournament

In support of our Christmas raffle we created a Family Winter Tournament to finish off our Junior accomplishments this year.

Our Family Tournament took place on Saturday 30th November and was an enjoyable day for all. We had two doubles events a Mini Green and Orange with the Christmas Hamper Draw in the middle.

All finalist’s received a certificate and the winners received a trophy sponsored by Melvin Danes (Wythall) to commemorate their success.

Mini Green:

  • Winners: Aidan Giblin and Oliver Giblin
  • Runners-Up: Harry Kazmi and Sham Kazmi

Mini Orange:

  • Winners: Alex Willet and Guy Willet
  • Runners-Up: Olivia Hubbard and Jon Hubbard

Christmas Raffle:

The draw for the John Lewis Fireside Christmas Hamper was sponsored by Warren Tonks (Warren & Co Residential Lettings) and was drawn by James Tonks (who is Warrens son) just before the second doubles event took place. Congratulation to the winners: Les and Cindy Hobbs (ticket 116-120).

Thank you:

A huge thank you goes to Melvin Danes and Warren Tonks for making this Family Tournament an amazing event. Thank you, to Kevin Turner for organising and running the event, with Grace Turner supporting. Also, thank you to all who purchased a ticket for our Christmas Raffle, in total we have raised £207. This money will go towards purchasing a sand cleaner and a petrol leaf blower machine for maintaining our new courts.

🌟 Reflection… 🌟

One of our highlights was how we got a generous donation from The Wythall & Hollywood Fun Run earlier this year. This donation helped towards purchasing our artificial grass for court 4. Now we are proud say we have 4 artificial grass courts which are all-weather and can be used all year-round.

The Fun Run is a wonderful event and has been raising funds for local charities and clubs in the last ten years. We are so grateful and would like to say a huge thank you to the volunteers who dedicate their spare time in organising and running the Fun Run.

Recently, some of the Committee Members have decided to move on, so the Fun Run needs more volunteers. Anyone interested in being part of the committee should contact one of our committee members for details. Unless volunteers can be found to take over the running of this well organised/wonderful event, then next year could be the last!!

Thank you again for helping our tennis club, below is a photo of the cheque being handed over from Pete Watson. 😍

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