08 Mar

Re-opening of Tennis Courts, Mon 29th March

You will be pleased to hear that the tennis courts will be re-opening on Monday 29th March.

We all know the drill by now but the rules that applied after the last lockdown must be rigorously applied again please, for all our safety.

Please do continue to sanitise your hands regularly at the Club. Our latest Guidelines on Return To Play are set out below, and please note especially:

  • The Rule Of Six applies outdoors. This should be observed by everyone, including parents spectating.
  • The Clubhouse is open for the use of the toilet only.

It is mandatory for all members and guests to wear a mask or face covering inside the Clubhouse. Please bring one with you when visiting the Club. This does not apply if you have a medical exemption which prevents you wearing a mask.

Please refer to our COVID-19 information page for details of the EVTC Return to Play Guidelines.

22 Feb

Use of the Clubhouse

Following the lifting of some restrictions on 17th May, the Rule of 6 or two households may now be applied by members inside the clubhouse. However please continue to use the clubhouse primarily for the use of the toilets and not for socialising until the next relaxation in June. A summary of the EVTC Guidelines can be seen on the website:
21 Jan

New Court Booking System

From the 28th January EVTC will be using a new court booking system called “ClubSpark”, as the existing one is being retired. For booking courts for up to the 27th January you should continue to use the existing BookIT system.

As with the existing system you can book courts up to 7 days in advance. If you wish to book a court for the 28th January onwards, you will need to do it using ClubSpark. Access to ClubSpark will be available from the 21st January to book courts for 28th January onwards.

To book using Clubspark, you have to first register and create an account. Booking is easy and self-explanatory, but here are some instructions to follow if needed:

After having registered, go to Book A Court on the EVTC website, follow the link to Clubspark Booking System, and sign in to your account. On the page Make A Booking, click on the court at the time you want to book, and from the drop-down box, insert the time you want to finish – normal social bookings can be up to 1.5 hours. Choose Booking as your Category if it is for a friendly game of tennis; or otherwise as appropriate eg competition. If you click on “Me”, your contact details will come up automatically and you will receive a confirmation email. Press Book Now.

26 Jul

Dan Burden Tournament an enormous success!

Elstead Tennis Club paid tribute to former coach Dan Burden for the fifth year by once again running the Dan Burden Trophy. Dan died in a car crash, aged 21. The tournament is a Junior Grade 3 LTA tournament, which is regional level, and attracted juniors from all over the country, including Devon, Northampton and South Wales. There were numerous entries from Elstead juniors, as well as players from other local clubs – Godalming, Merrow, Grayshott, The Bourne and Woking.

This year there were even more events, with girls’ and boys’ tournaments from 8 and Under to 18 and Under, and both singles and doubles for all ages over 10. The biggest draw was the 12 and Under boys, which had 32 entries. All events were well supported with the majority of the events having around 20 entrants. With 267 players in the tournament and 381 matches to organise, the club was fortunate that Byfleet Tennis Club were happy to help run some of the events. Even so the club was buzzing all day and into the evening to get all the matches played.  Next year Elstead hopes to include adult events as well.

The Club thanks Barbara Awbery for the many hours of hard work organising the event, which gave the Club publicity and prestige, and raised substantial funds for it.  Her professionalism showed through and the events ran without a hitch in wonderful weather.

Many Club members were involved in some way or another, whether it was court supervising, serving refreshments, baking cakes or tidying the clubhouse for visitors.  Many thanks to everyone, as the event couldn’t have run without you.

Dan Burden Trophy 2018 18 and Under Doubles Finalists

Dan Burden Trophy 2018 18 and Under Doubles Finalists

9 and Under Finalists

9 and Under Finalists





08 Dec

New Year Tennis Tournament

New Year Tennis Tournament  – Bank Holiday Monday 2nd January 2017.  Doubles Tournament. Start 11am. Fast 4 Format.  Partners to be drawn from hat. £3 entry fee to go to the Club. Organiser Barbara Awbery email barbawbery@yahoo.co.uk

18 May

Tennis Club Wreaks Revenge Over the Cricket Club!


It hardly seems a year ago but the 2nd Annual Cricket Match between the Tennis Club and Elstead Cricket Club Select team took place last Sunday resulting in a resounding victory for the Tennis Club, after our defeat last year in the first fixture.

We posted a highly creditable 236 in 40 overs and the cricket club could only manage 81 all out despite fielding 12 players to our 11!

Notable highlights were Peter Lincoln batting very well holding the innings together in the early stages scoring 37, Ollie Kirk contributed a typically flamboyant 37, a swash-buckling 56 not out from potential new member Nathan Thomas and great contributions from Sam Tunbridge, Shaun Fishburn and a cameo from Tony Hutchinson in his first innings in 30 years.

The level of bowling was particularly taxing for the home team with Ollie Lincoln (u13) taking 2 for 9 off 5 overs, Shaun had 2 for 12 off 4, Sam with 2 for 3 off 2, Rupert 2 for 5 off 2 and Chris Holland 1 for 5 off 2, Ollie Kirk was the other wicket taker with a slick run out by Sam. On a personal level it was great to do some sport for the first time in 6 months even if my contribution was patchy at best!

The match itself was a typically well contested but very friendly contest and we would like to thank Rupert for organising the day wearing his tennis club hat over his cricket club one and to Bridget Lincoln for the great tea including the new favourite – rocky road biscuits.

We’re already looking forward to the ‘decider’ next year.


27 Apr

Mens A vs Camberley

Great victory tonight over Camberley winning 6-3. Thank you to Richard H, J, Patrick, David B and Shaun for playing and picking up points. Great start to the summer season.

The next match is on Friday 6th May at home to Normandy, ko at 6.30pm. So far I have J, Patrick and Pete for that. Could you let me know asap if you can play.

The match after that is away against Ash (ko 6.30pm) on Tuesday 12th May. Can you let me know if you can play for that one as well.

Again, great start to the Summer season – lets continue it 🙂

Kind Regards


25 Apr

Wimbledon Draw, fun event and Open Day

Hi All

A final reminder about the Wimbledon Ticket Draw this Sunday at 5.00pm.  Remember, it is only for those who have registered with British Tennis and have fully paid their subs for this year. We have 28 pairs of tickets covering courts one, two and centre and there will be one pair available per family for the lucky draw winners (I’ve attached a list of tickets to help with your diaries). You will be given instructions on how to pay on Sunday. If you can’t make it yourself, don’t forget that you can organise a proxy. There may also be some cheaper final weekend tickets for No 1 court – particularly good if you haven’t been to Wimbledon before.

We are organising an American Tennis tournament which is a fun event suitable for all levels of play starting at 2.00pm on the same day, so come and have a game before the draw.

We’re taking part in the LTA Great British Tennis Weekend again this year on Saturday 14th May and I’m looking for some volunteers to get some posters into all the local shops and amenities as soon as possible. If you could possibly spare an hour during the day it would be enormously helpful to us. We had a good response last year and would like to repeat that, if possible, to help increase the membership and show off the club. Please contact me if you can help and I’ll get the posters to you.

Kind regards


22 Mar

Fantastic triumph for the Ladies

Hi All,

Some great news about our Ladies A team who completed their final match in devastating form, losing just 4 games in 8 sets to win the Aldershot Premier League, for what I believe is the first time.

The full squad through the winter was:

  • Lynn Wright
  • Yvonne Burrage
  • Corinna Hutchinson
  • Barbara Awbery
  • Betty Maitland
  • Beatrice Henricot
  • Louise Tunbridge
  • Stephanie Wright
  • Lorna Whateley
  • Sophie Richardson
  • Georgia McCarthy
  • Gill Saunders

A fantastic achievement which I hope will give them a taste for further conquests.