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Start of 2019 season newsletter 5 March 2019

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Cropredy Tennis Club will be held on Wednesday 20 March 2019 at Cropredy Sports Pavilion.  The meeting will start at 7.30 and the bar will be open from 7.00 pm.


This is the annual forum for all CTC members to hear about the past year’s activities, the financial position of the club and to participate in developing plans for the future.  We do hope that you will be able to come along to the meeting, which will also be a good opportunity to meet other members.


At the AGM, members will be asked to endorse and confirm two policies drawn up during 2018/19.  These are the Equality & Diversity and the Safeguarding policies.  These are shown on the CTC website for members to read.


Some 2019 dates for your diary

·         Club nights for all adult members are held on Monday evenings throughout the season from 6.00 pm onwards. First club night is on 15 April.

·         Non-members are welcome to come to their first club night as a free “taster”, so they can try out the facilities and meet other members before they decide to join the club; do tell your friends and neighbours.

·         Ladies-only club nights are held on Wednesday evenings from 6.00pm.

·         Summer social event on 9 June includes a “Rusty Rackets” session, to welcome those wishing to get back to tennis after a break, or those wanting to try tennis for the first time.

·         Free Junior “taster” session 28 April, 2.30-3.30 includes fun games and drills.

·         Junior coaching starts Friday April 26th and we are hoping to run a Tues or Thurs session as well for older children, so let us know if you are interested.

·         Coaching can be arranged for adults if there is enough demand.


Old tennis balls

There are a number of old tennis balls suitable for throwing for dogs to chase.  These will be available to pick up at the AGM, or contact Simon if you are interested.


Sports and Social Club bar

CTC is committed to manning the Sports and Social Club bar for a couple of hours on Saturday afternoons: March 16th& 30th, June 15th, & 29th, Sept 14th & 28th, Dec 14th & 28thIf you feel you could help out with one or more of these sessions, please contact Simon.


End of Season Member Newsletter- November 2018


As the 2018 season draws to a close, here is a brief round-up of what has been happening this season and a few things that will be developing in the future.

Wimbledon Tickets

Now is the time to “opt in” on the LTA’s website for inclusion in the ballot for 2019 Wimbledon tickets.  The number of CTC members that “opt in” determines how many pairs of tickets are allocated to the club – so please take a few minutes to do this to make sure that there are plenty of tickets to go in the ballot.  You can only enter the club’s own ballot next year if you are opted in by the Feb cut-off date.

Ball Machine

With some help from a Cropredy Parish Council grant, CTC bought a ball machine this year.  For a £10.00 annual subscription, CTC members can have unlimited use of the ball machine, which needs to be pre-booked with Simon Bright.  Take up by members has been good, and the machine has been booked out every week. It’s an excellent way to improve your tennis – so if you haven’t tried it why not give it a go over the winter?

Rusty Rackets

Following the club’s successful social event this summer, we held an open Rusty Rackets session to encourage everyone who was interested in starting or returning to tennis to come along and hit some balls.  It proved to be a great opportunity for members to talk to each other, with some regular informal play resulting.  We plan to run another Rusty Rackets early next season – so watch out for announcements.

Coaching by Banbury Tennis Academy

This year, there was a good take up of coaching places at Cropredy School, but smaller numbers signed up for the junior Friday after-school coaching.  CTC has always subsidised these sessions in the event that attendees’ fees do not cover the cost of the coaches.  It has been decided to continue this subsidy for the 2019 season, while hoping that more juniors will sign up for Friday coaching at the courts.  Two free coaching session for adults will also be arranged (not on Monday club nights) so look out for announcements in the New Year.

Banburyshire Tennis Project

If successful, the project will see indoor and outdoor courts being built in Banbury for use by the public.  Cherwell District Council Is in favour of the scheme, and planning/feasibility studies continue.

Everyone’s Game

Our strapline encapsulates our inclusive club, but the LTA now requires a formal Equality & Diversity Policy to make clear our commitment to ensuring that everyone is treated fairly and with respect and that members and non-members are not denied access to our tennis venue for a discriminatory reason. The policy can be found on our website and includes what to do if a complaint needs to be made.


We hope that members will continue to enjoy the use of the courts over the winter, and all the latest news will be coming out to you in Tramlines at the start of the 2019 season.