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CROPREDY TENNIS CLUB (CTC) END-OF-SEASON NEWSLETTER

 

ROUND UP OF 2017 ACTIVITY

MembershipDisappointingly, membership numbers are down this year, with a particular drop in Family Memberships.  New members who join now are charged half the prevailing subscription for the remainder of the club’s year (up to 30 April 2018), so it’s a great time to get your friends to join for some social and fun tennis through the winter.

 

Junior coaching was provided by Banbury Tennis Academy (BTA) on after-school Friday afternoons, with healthy numbers of juniors attending the first round of sessions.  Numbers were down for the second round of sessions, but those who attended have continued with coaching from BTA at its normal Horton View sessions.  Coaching for juniors will continue next season, if numbers stay healthy, with CTC members being offered a generously discounted rate on the coaching fees. 

 

Two adult coaching evenings were organised on Monday club nights – and all who participated enjoyed the sessions – which included fun drills to build tennis skills.

 

The July social afternoon was enjoyed by all who attended, with juniors being coached in tennis skills on one court, and adults being put through their paces on the other court – all provided by the expertise of the BTA coach, Ade.  Tea, cake and Pimms were offered at the end of the afternoon.  If you have not yet enjoyed this social event, watch out for announcements of the 2018 date – which will be in June.

 

The padlock on the gateIt has been reported that some players lock the courts with the padlock the wrong way round, making it very nearly impossible for the next players to reach the combination numbers to get in.  Please note, when locking the courts you need to insert the loop of the padlock from the back to the front of the round hole in the bolting mechanism.  In this way, the numbers are easily accessible for the next players to access the courts. A colour coding system will be trialled soon.

 

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2018

Members’ ideas for new club activities are welcomed for consideration by the committee – for example, would a weekend morning “club” session be more convenient for you than the evening club nights?  Would you like to have contact details of other members who may like to arrange to play tennis in addition to the club nights?  Any other ideas?  Let us know!

 

Sign up, Opt in for Wimbledon. Our ticket allocation depends on the number of CTC members who are British Tennis Members that “Opt in” on the LTA’s website.  This facility is open now, and it’s easy to opt in if you are already a BTM and easy and free to sign up as a BTM.  Please take a few minutes to opt in, and help boost our ticket allocation.

 

Ball machine:  CTC is considering a suggestion to buy a ball machine for the use of members to practice their shots and improve their techniqueMore news on this will follow early next year.

 

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CROPREDY TENNIS CLUB (CTC) END-OF-SEASON NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2016

 Dear CTC Members and Former Members,

As the 2016 tennis season draws to a close, here is a brief round up of the club’s recent news and events.

 

Welcome to new members and returners – It was very pleasing to see both new members and returning members joining this year.  We hope that you have enjoyed the facilities offered by the courts.  With subscription rates pegged at highly competitive levels in 2016, we believe that CTC offers families and individuals a great opportunity to enjoy playing tennis whenever the weather conditions are favourable!

 

Clean and moss-free courts are regularly maintained by Colourcourt – a professional tennis court maintenance company - and cleaning and moss treatment was once again completed in early 2016.  This not only provides members with an excellent surface to play on – but also helps to prolong the life of the courts’ surface.

 

Junior coaching was provided by Banbury Tennis Academy at Cropredy School and at the club on after-school Friday afternoons, with healthy numbers of juniors attending.  Coaching for juniors will be offered again next season.

 

The July social afternoon was enjoyed by all who attended, with juniors being coached in tennis skills on one court, and adults being put through their paces on the other court – all provided by the expertise of the Banbury Tennis Academy coaches.  Tea, cake and Pimms were offered at the end of the afternoon.  If you have not yet enjoyed this social event, put Sunday July 9th in the diary now….

 

Wimbledon Tickets and British Tennis Membership. The chance to buy Wimbledon tickets is a valued part of CTC membership.  Our allocation is determined by the numbers of our members who sign up to the free LTA British Tennis Member scheme and opt in to the ballot (even if you don’t want tickets this year). If you are already a BTM this is a simple click button when you sign in (you can do this now for 2017).  If not please do consider signing up to be a BTM to help increase our allocation.  The chance of getting tickets in the ballot last year was a very favourable one in seven (you can also enter the LTA public ballot which is open now).

 

Adult coaching. The Banbury Tennis Academy coaches can also provide adult coaching although it has always been a challenge to find suitable times for busy participants.  If you are interested for next year, contact Simon Bright

 

As the Autumn and Winter approach, there are still plenty of opportunities to use the courts on fine dry days.  An ideal chance for families and friends to play together - don’t forget to use the booking sheet if you want to make sure of a free court when you plan to play.

 

All members’ ideas for new club activities are welcomed for consideration by the CTC committee – for example, would a weekend morning “club” session be more convenient for you than the evening club nights?  Would you like to have contact details of other members who may like to arrange to play tennis in addition to the club nights?  Any other ideas?  Let us know!

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