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.
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.
Winners: Aidan Giblin and Oliver Giblin
Runners-Up: Harry Kazmi and Sham Kazmi
Winners: Alex Willet and Guy Willet
Runners-Up: Olivia Hubbard and Jon Hubbard
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).
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.
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. 😍
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
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!!