Safe To Play Campaign

Here at Wythall Tennis Club (WTC) we work alongside the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to make sure our club welcomes adults and children of all ages and abilities to play tennis in a safe and fun way.

Sport England have selected the LTA to pilot the ‘Safe to Play’ campaign in a sports setting, with it being aimed at ensuring all parents, players and coaches are aware of the signs of abuse, how to report a concern and how to keep themselves, children and at-risk adults safe. Further information about this campaign can be seen on their dedicated website: www.safetoplaytennis.co.uk.

“Nothing is more important than the safety and wellbeing of those involved in our sport. We have made significant progress over the last few years with tennis now at the forefront of safeguarding in sport.  However, abuse can happen anywhere and at any time, and working with Sport England to lead and test an innovative campaign like ‘Safe to Play’ demonstrates our commitment to helping prevent abuse from happening.”

David Humphrey, Head Of Safeguarding at the LTA

WTC is Safe To Play:

WTC is a LTA registered venue, we were provided with pocket-sized cards to distribute to our members, including parents. These ‘Augmented Reality’ cards will act as pocket reminder guide, which when scanned using the camera of a smartphone will deliver a range of engaging digital resources. This includes:

  • A dramatised video, telling one family’s story of abuse in sport.
  • Video guides on how to identify the signs of abuse.
  • Top tips on how to stay safe in sport.
  • Questions to ask when selecting a coach.
  • A quiz to help drive awareness.

You can find our ‘Augmented Reality’ cards underneath our welcome noticeboard for all to view.


If you would like to talk to our Welfare Officer in confidence, then please contact Mr. Andrew Moreton:

Call: 07860560503

Email: drewmore@blueyonder.co.uk

Our Safeguarding & Diversity page outlines the LTA policy’s we follow.

Covid-19 Update:

Dear members,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on the evening of 23rd March, all activity at Wythall Tennis Club is suspended until further notice. Please do not use the courts or the clubhouse. The only exception is where members of the same household are taking exercise together.

We will all miss the opportunity to play tennis together but the circumstances require this extreme measure for the good of all. Please stay safe and look after yourselves and those around you.

Chris Maggs,

WTC Chairman

WTC’s Response to Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Dear All, 

The Wythall Tennis Club committee have been considering how to respond to the current situation and are keeping in touch with the LTA’s advice in response to government announcements. We are not closing the club to those who want to play tennis and can do so safely but we would say:

  • Be Sensible – If you have any symptoms or are in close contact with someone who does then avoid coming up to the club and passing it around.
  • Be safe – If you are in a vulnerable category or are feeling uncertain either avoid coming up altogether or chose times when there are few others around.
  • Be Active – It is important for ongoing health that you maintain physical activity and tennis is a good way to do this in an open environment.

Coaching

Kevin and Alex have cancelled junior coaching for the time being in line with LTA advice.

Social Club Tennis

The normal Club times on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings and on Sunday afternoons are continuing.

Tournaments

The En-Tout-CAS tournament that is in process will continue for now but if anyone wishes to withdraw that is fine. Please let us know. Assuming there are enough people to continue we will proceed and have the final on the planned date but this is subject to change as the situation develops.

Our next Sunday tournament is due on the 19th April (Charity American) and we will review the situation at the end of March.

We will continue with the Over 50’s tournaments for now – the list is still up for people to enter. But we will be flexible over when games get played and there is no fixed date for the finals.

Wimbledon draw

It makes sense to arrange for only a small group of people to be present for the Wimbledon draw, which is also on 19th April.  If you have put your name down then please consider letting Deborah have a list of your preferences on the tickets available rather than being present in person.

Hygiene

Please be particularly thoughtful about hygiene during this time. Thank you to Deborah’s husband for installing paper towel facilities in the toilets rather than having a shared towel. Posters are around the club to encourage all members to wash your hands and to be vigilant. 

If anyone has any questions or concerns do get in touch.

​Kind Regards,

Chris Maggs

WTC Chairman

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The latest Government guidance and information regarding the coronavirus can be found via the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

The LTA is in communication with the Government and other relevant organisations regarding the coronavirus, and has been advised there is presently no reason people should stop doing their daily sport and physical activities as they normally would. This applies to tennis, and so tennis activities in Britain can continue as normal.

Should that position change or if further guidance is provided then the LTA website will be updated for you.

Please visit: https://www.lta.org.uk/coronavirus

Thank you and stay vigilant.

Networld Sports Donation

As you know WTC is open for sponsors and donations from all who want to promote tennis as a fun and exciting sport to play/learn. Recently, we have been in communication with Networld Sports, who deliver fantastic and high-quality sporting equipment. They have over 5000 products, 95% of which are their own brand. All over the world their products are helping clubs score better goals, swing better shots and hit better balls.

Networld Sports uses a brand called Vermont. They have a extensive tennis range including nets and posts, rackets and court equipment. Vermont tennis equipment is currently used at many of the worlds leading tournaments, including Wimbledon.

We have received a generous £200 donation of sporting equipment from Networld Sports and the Vermont Tennis Range which we are very thankful for. This includes Vermont’s Mini Red, Orange and Green Balls. Vermont’s Training Tennis Balls and their Green Sport Water Bottle.  


“It’s been great working with Wythall Tennis Club, we are happy to support the club with a range of equipment. We hope the club’s many players can get use out of the products”

Eva McMillan, Marketing Executive at Networld Sports

Networld Sports and The Vermont Tennis Range have helped us put a huge step in the right direction with our Junior Tennis Teams. We can’t wait to use these Vermont Training Balls in our coaching sessions and we hope this is just the beginning of a great relationship. If you would like to view the products Networld Sports make, please visit their website here.

2020 Newsletter

Hello Everybody,

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.

Chris Maggs,
Chair

Presentation Afternoon

On Sunday 9th Feb 2020 WTC held its annual Presentation Afternoon to celebrate its members achievements within 2019.

Last year, we introduced a new competition called ‘The Over 50’s Tournament’ which was a great success from the start with many members getting involved. A huge thanks goes to the LTA who helped with tournament funding. Additionally, this now means WTC has a huge total of 15 in-house tournaments for all ages and genders to participate and enjoy.

On the day, we presented trophies and awards to those who have achieved success over the past year (2019) and after we all enjoyed a meal together. The event was attended by many members and their families to celebrate everyone’s successes. Thanks goes to all the committee members who helped the event run smoothly.

2019 Results:

Tournament NameWinnersRunner’s-Up
Men’s Winter TournamentJ.Hornsby & C.MaggsA.Moreton & T.Suttle
Ladies Winter TournamentH.Hill & B.ValeE.Harris & K.Vale
En Tout CASJ.Suttle & K.ValeG.Vale & H.Hill
Kevin Turner Shield M.Wilkes & K.ValeK.Turner & E.Vale
Alan White ShieldJ.Suttle & B.ValeG.Beddoe & K.Vale
Men’s SinglesJ.SuttleN.Pettet
Ladies SinglesE.ValeB.Vale
Mixed DoublesK.Turner & H.HillG.Vale & K.Vale
Men’s DoublesK.Turner & N.PettetC.Maggs & G.Beddoe
Ladies DoublesH.Hill & B.ValeD.Turner & E.Vale
Men’s PedvinJ.Suttle & G.ValeR.Dougan & C.Hicks
Ladies PedvinT.Otter & K.ValeG.Turner & D.Turner
Over 50’s Men’s SinglesD.WintersK.Turner
Over 50’s Ladies SinglesK.ValeP.Thomas
Over 50’s Mixed DoublesK.Turner & K.ValeC.Maggs & P.Thomas

Junior Winners:

Type of TournamentResultTeam Members
8U Mixed TC2League Winners J.Tonks, O.Hubbard, J.Astle, M.Patel & A.Willet
H&W Team Tennis 10U BoysDivision 2 WinnersM.Powell, H.Kazmi, T.Jones & L.Bridgens
H&W Tean Tennis 14U BoysDivision 2 WinnersJ.Cheal, C.Spencer & H.Hobbs

Congratulations to all our Winners and Runners-up, of our in-house tournaments and to our juniors success too. Good luck to everyone in our 2020 competitions.

2020 is here

Let’s play more tennis this year… 

Source: LTA (YouTube)

Here at WTC we have:

Junior and Adult coaching on Monday and Wednesday nights every week, coached by our Head Coach, Alex Doffman and Club Captain, Kevin Turner.

Don’t forget we have club evenings on Tuesday and Friday nights including Ladies only nights on a Thursday. As well as Sunday afternoon socials for all members to take full advantage of. Here is our timetable.

Remember, Saturday mornings are for members and non-members to enjoy coaching for a very low cost and most importantly to have fun and exercise at the same time. For more information please visit our coaching page.

For prospective members please just pop along for a couple of hours on the weekend either Sunday Social or Saturday Pay & Play, a warm welcome is guaranteed to all!

🎾 Wythall Tennis Club can help you hit that Tennis Ball! 🎾

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.