EVTC Spring Newsletter
In this first edition of the newsletter to appear straight onto the website, I want to run through some of the great things that have happened at the club in the last 6 months.
An overwhelming objective for this year and going forward will be to increase the membership at a manageable rate to a level that will enhance our tennis offering for all and enable us to keep moving the club forward.
Club Improvements Completed
Over the course of last year we repainted courts 1 – 3 and replaced the ageing nets making a few fencing repairs along the way. All the courts have been cleaned and de-mossed again as a safety precaution; generally it’s been one of the worst winters for moss that anyone can remember so it’s good to get on top of it.
We have upgraded the automatic light on the path to the club and the grounds themselves have been well looked after by Ian Dorey under Norman’s supervision.
The new website has been really well received and is something we wish to make more of over the coming months and years as a window into our club.
We have new seats on the courts replacing the seats that have served their time.
League Team Tennis
The Winter league is just coming to an end and it has been a very successful one for our 6 teams in the Aldershot league.
As I write the Ladies A team have an excellent chance of winning the Premier League for what I believe is the first time, 10 points against one of the weaker teams will do it. The Ladies B team have recovered from a poor start to finish in third place in league 3 with an outside chance of promotion with a win against the top team.
The Men’s A team have now secured promotion to the Premier division showing great consistency over the winter months. The B team have been in a league too high for the current team and will be very competitive in league 3 next winter.
The Mixed team have both done well with the A team finishing third in league 1 and the B team winning league 2 to join them, making for some interesting match ups next season.
The ladies team in the Surrey leagues are currently 3rd in Division 2 of the midweek daytime league and are 2nd in division 4 of the main Surrey league.
As usual our sincere thanks to the various captains – Lynn Wright, Laura Parrott, Pete Almond, Mike Peck, Tony Hutchinson and Gill Saunders.
The new summer leagues start in the next month or so with Ladies A in Division 1, B in division 3, Mens A in Division 2, B in 3 and the mixed in Division 3. If there are any players who would like to be considered for any of the teams contact me in the first instance and I’ll put you in touch with the correct team captain.
Last year the Club Champs were run very well for the first time by Mhairi and Mike Peck and they have kindly agreed to do so again. There will be more details on this year’s tournament next month and hope as many members as possible will take part.
Great British Tennis Weekend
Last year saw the first initiative by the LTA to try to encourage grass roots tennis by sponsoring the Great British Tennis Weekend in May and July and we hosted a great day last year and aim to do at least one day this year.
We had great help from members on the day last year and I hope we can call on you again this time to help us promote the club to potential new members.
More details on the selected day(s) will be circulated in March.
Club Tennis Open Day
We are planning an Open Day for current and potential new members around Easter time, it is designed to encourage everyone to prepare themselves for the better weather and get onto the courts. We will again need some volunteers to help with organisation on the day, more details coming soon.
We have been lacking in this area for a few years now, we would ideally like to run a Quiz Night, a Wine tasting evening and a couple of summer barbecues using our own barbecue and maybe resurrect the Golf Day this year. Though we’ve not really placed much emphasis on fund raising at these events we could really do with the extra income so if anyone could front any one of these events please let me know.
Enjoy your tennis!