Garstang & District Tennis Club
The new season is about to begin and it's time to renew memberships.
We are looking forward to the courts being upgraded at the end of April. A binder coat will be applied and the courts then painted in Wimbledon colours. This will transform the overall appearance and improve the surface grip, making them safer to play on. Unfortunately, the courts will be out of use for about a week whilst this work takes place, but the improvement should be well worth the wait.
The ceilidh held recently was very well supported and, as well as being a very enjoyable evening, raised £546 which will go towards the cost of upgrading the courts. Our thanks go to Chris & Will Lingard who, along with their band Quadrille, kept us entertained for the evening.
Maintaining the courts to a high standard is an ongoing and ever increasing expense and, with this in mind, the decision was made at the AGM to increase the adult, couple and family membership fees. The fee for students and juniors remains unchanged. The new rates appear on the membership form attached.
good to see more club members responding to the request to 'Opt in' to the LTA
for this season. As a
result we have been allocated two more pairs of tickets than last year, giving a grand total of 7 pairs of tickets available to club members.
The Wimbledon ticket ballot will operate in the same way as last year with tickets being offered to members through the British tennis website and payments being made directly to the LTA.
Our allocation includes the following pairs of tickets:
Monday 1st July Day 1 Court No.1 £112
Wednesday 3rd July Day 3 Centre court £166
Wednesday 3rd July Day 3 Court No.2 £104
Thursday 4th July Day 4 Court No.1 £144
Tuesday 9th July Day 8 Court No.1 £220
Thursday 11th July Day 10 Centre court £320
Saturday 13th July Day 12 Centre court £370
Prices are per pair.
Tickets are only available to British Tennis members who have opted in to the LTA for this year and who are also paid up members of the tennis club. As not everyone who 'Opted in' is necessarily wanting to go to Wimbledon, could anyone who is interested in tickets please contact me ASAP on 01995 679728 or firstname.lastname@example.org indicating any preferences for particular days. The ballot will be held on April 25th and only names of those who have paid their membership fees for the forthcoming year will be entered.
This year we have entered two ladies' teams and one men's teams in the Fylde league. We have also entered a mixed team in the Ribble league. If anyone would like to play matches this season, please tick the box when returning your membership form, or email email@example.com Please note membership fees must be paid before being selected.
Juniors-both an U14 and U16 team have been entered in the Ribble junior league. Any juniors who would like to play in the teams please contact Annie Collinson on 07714 486581 or email Anniecollinson@aol.com or let Michael know on 07523866116.
Looking to later in the year, both men’s and ladies’ teams have been entered in the Ribble Autumn league.
Our club coach, Michael Cartmell offers a range of junior coaching sessions on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.
All juniors receiving coaching must also become club members. The membership fee includes the opportunity to play any time on a week day up until 6 p.m. and any time at weekends, unless a junior match is in progress.
Adult coaching currently takes place on Tuesday evenings. If you would prefer individual coaching, lessons are £20 for an hour, or three one hour lessons for £50.
Any standard of player is welcome and racquets are available to borrow if needed.
If anyone is interested please contact Michael on 07523866116.
Club night is on a Monday evening starting around 7 p.m. and all club members are very welcome to come along.
The Thursday morning social tennis group takes place from 10 - 12 p.m. Extra players are always welcome. If you are interested and would like further details please contact Valerie Berthoud on 01995 602248 or Pam Heatley on 01995 602839 or Martyn Roome on 01995 603885.
Nature Valley British Tennis Weekend
The club will be holding an Open afternoon on Sunday May 19th from 2 - 5 p.m. as part of the LTA national Nature Valley British Tennis Weekend programme. It will be an opportunity for anyone who might be interested in taking up tennis to come along and play for free. Please encourage your friends to give tennis a go!
If you have any ideas for fundraising, or tennis events you’d like to see happening, then do let us know. Keep in touch with what is taking place at the club through Facebook or the club website www.garstangtennis.org.uk