You’re never too old to play tennis

It has been a long-held ambition of Ken Civil to play tennis on his 90th birthday and this Monday (7th August) he achieved this goal. Not only did he join in the regular Monday social tennis session, but he also enjoyed a surprise gathering of his fellow players to celebrate with a special 90th birthday cake. His wife Marion accompanied him on the day to join in the birthday celebrations. Regular player Gerry Morgan gave a short presentation to talk about Ken’s 90th birthday ambition. “Would that we all could play at 90,” he said.

Ken has been a member of Avondale for over ten years, having played at several clubs throughout the South East. Indeed, in the 1960s, he once played at friendly game at Wimbledon, when he was a member at Woking. “I looked over onto the adjoining courts and saw John Newcombe and Rod Laver playing,” he said.

He has been enjoying playing tennis since he was 25 and celebrated his 80th birthday at Avondale too, when a cake was baked for him then. “I’ve played at a lot of clubs but this one if the friendliest and the best,” he said. He plans to keep playing on Mondays for as long as he can.

In one of the pictures below, he is seen cutting his special cake with his wife Marion. Many thanks to Linda Robson for all the arrangements to make Ken’s day special.


Changes to British Tennis Membership

British Tennis Membership has changed this year and there are now two tiers of membership:

Lite Membership (FREE) – Available to any Club Member free of charge. Members can obtain LTA Ratings and enter the Club Wimbledon Ballot.
Team Membership – Available to Club Members for a small annual charge (Adults £20, Under 18’s £10). As well as the above benefits, Team membership also includes priority access to Davis Cup tickets, discounted prices for tickets to the ATP Finals, discounted entry to Wimbledon Museum tours, and other special offers and competitions.

All existing registered BTMs have been automatically transferred to Lite Membership. If you wish to up-grade to Team membership or would like further information please visit www.lta.org.uk/member/benefits


Open Day 2017

Saturday May 13th, our 4th Open Day and they just get better and better. Over 100 visitors had pre-booked for sessions with more just turning up on the day so all the courts were busy. The main coaching team had great support from some of the adult members though it was our junior helpers who deserve all the praise for how they worked so hard and so patiently with our younger visitors.

Only slight problem was the downpour at about 11am. I’ve never seen the clubhouse fill up so quickly. At least there were some lovely refreshments to keep people happy. After a short delay, we were soon back in full swing.

I hope these photos capture some of the enjoyment of the day.

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Sunday Morning Group

One of the groups that play on a Sunday morning recently had a record turnout.

All the group used to play at Calthorpe park and all followed Peter Fennell to join Avondale (something we should have done much earlier!).


Quorn family event 2017

A great turnout for this weekend’s Quorn Family Cup U10 Tournament. With four courts in use, the Mums/Dads plus their U10s thrashed it out to win the day.
The winners have earned the opportunity of a day out at a Quorn Family Tennis Cup event held on the qualifying weekend of a LTA Staged Grass Court tournament in May or June.
Each pair will have the chance to play against other winners on the day as well as watch the professional players in action.

Winners: Adam and Angus Tracy
Runners up: Jacob and Richard Diskin
Not sure in the photos who looks most pleased – the juniors or the Dads!


Website Thumbnail Images

The thumbnail images on the site should all look clearer following a recent change as shown by the lower images in the included composite image showing two thumbnail images before and after the change
(the addition of borders to thumbnail images introduced on the old site resulted in an unnoticed reduction in image quality when used unchanged on the new site).

Please note that unless the original image is square a thumbnail image will never show the whole image.


Road safety around Avondale

We have received a complaint that cars are leaving the Tennis Club and driving onto Ewshot Lane without taking sufficient care to look out for approaching traffic already on Ewshot Lane.
Please be aware that the entrance to the Club is outside the 30 mph speed limit zone and that traffic might be travelling legally at speeds of up to 60 mph past the Club so it is important to be extra vigilant when leaving the car park and driving into potentially fast traffic.

We also take this opportunity to remind drivers that they should not drive faster than 10 mph on the Club premises given the large number of pedestrians of all ages going to and from cars in the car park.


Tennis balls to Gambia

All Saints in Church Crookham, contacted Dave Adams, asking if we could spare any tennis balls for them to take to a school in Gambia.They make a trip each February half term & Avondale have given them 100 balls to take across in their suitcases! They can’t manage any more.

Here is a thank you from the All Saints teacher :

There are about 100 pupils at this school from tiny villages in a 3 miles radius. It is a very poor school with no resources. They don’t get any funding as the government have forgotten about them (although hopefully this will change soon with a new president ). We gave them money for food as the school can’t feed them either. We gave them lots of stationery and a bag of tennis balls which they were overjoyed with. They gathered round us and sang and danced – a great welcome.
Thanks again – a very popular gift!
All Saints



Volunteer of the Year and Coach of the Year 2016!

Congratulations to Zana Fletcher and Jamie Cheetham for winning the 2016 AEGON British Tennis Awards from Hampshire & IoW LTA. Zana won the Volunteer of the Year award and Jamie is Coach of the Year.
The awards will be presented at the County Awards evening at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton on Friday 10th February. Please support Zana and Jamie by coming to this evening – tickets are available at the reduced price of £12 until 30th November using this link
If you do decide to attend, please let Paul Treacy know so that he can arrange for everyone from Avondale to sit together.