We called it our Fun Day and it certainly was fun! We combined special events with a visit from Robyn Moore who has set herself the challenge of hitting 200,000 balls in 30 days, fundraising for the BreakPoint charity with the help of Bright Ideas in Tennis. This was her first day; she had already spent the morning at the Calthorpe Park tennis courts and spent a further 4 hours with us on the hottest day of the year so far. Gosh, that seems like a huge challenge! Good luck to her. Of course, to meet her challenge she needed the help of our ballboys and ballgirls to keep replenishing her ball machine
Our ball machine is now available for use. It is kept in the clubhouse and there have been two briefings about its use. Some members have already received a key to access it; others of us will be receiving a key soon. There is a manual left with it. Please look at this! Spinfire_Pro2_ManualFor your convenience, here are three screenshots about changing the settings eg for elevation (how high over the net the ball is sent). I think that the ball machine will retain the settings last used, so if a player much better than you used it last, then you might need to change things!
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The resurfacing work on Courts 1 and 2 is now complete and the courts may be used. You will notice that the courts are heavily sanded – this is quite normal and the sand will work its way into the artificial grass over time and they will then look the same as our other courts. Until the surface settles down the courts may be slippery in certain weather conditions so please take great care when playing and ensure that your tennis shoes have good quality tread.
Avondale are going to run a fun day for all their members, players, friends and family on 1 June which is when Robyn Moore starts her Breakpoint 2019 campaign and therefore she will be at Avondale for the afternoon. Robyn is embarking on a monumental tennis challenge in order to raise awareness of, and raising funds for, mental health in the UK.Playing for 8-10 hours a day, on every day in June, she will hit 200,000 shots, sending the ball travelling a total distance of 5 million meters.
If you wish to help Robyn or just join in other activities on our Fun Day, make a note of the date! More details to follow : here, on Facebook and on the club noticeboard.
More on Robyn’s challenge
In September last year the LTA decided to end Tennismark accreditation and required that all LTA registered clubs must meet Minimum Standards in five areas, focusing particularly on Safeguarding and Health & Safety. These Minimum Standards are audited by LTA visits to the Clubs and we had our first audit on 6th February.
Following the audit I am pleased to say that the LTA confirmed that the Club meets all their Minimum Standards and in some areas we exceed them. Thank you to Paul Kemsley, our Welfare Officer for his work in preparation for the LTA visit. If you have any concerns about Safeguarding issues please contact Paul on 07747 105459. To find out more about Safeguarding at the Club click here.
Thank you to all members who completed the LTA survey which formed part of the audit. It was pleasing to note those three little words “well managed club” cropping up frequently in the survey comments and we shall follow up on suggestions made for further improvement.
PS : Paul insisted that I include the following comment from him : “You may also be interested to know that the LTA auditor was very impressed with our website – well done to Katherine and, of course, to Chris Hazell who did so much to give it such a professional look”
Members may have seen recent press comment regarding Safeguarding in Tennis. All members should be reassured that Avondale Tennis Club has appropriate Safeguarding Policies in place and these can be accessed by clicking here. If any member has any issue relating to Safeguarding at the Club please contact our Welfare Officer, Paul Kemsley on 07747 105459.
“Thank you” from Penny :
We made £437 which is very good for a couple of hours. We were very grateful for all the support we received from everyone which once again was fantastic . Everyone is always so kind and generous with cakes gifts for raffle and spending their money !! Thank you
And a bit extra from Katherine :
We might have just spent a couple of hours but Penny and her team of bakers and helpers put in much more effort than that. Well done on a lovely event! This has been running for several years now and we wouldn’t keep coming if it wasn’t so good.
The late May Bank Holiday American Tournament on Monday 28th May was again blessed with fantastic weather and a terrific turnout. The draw allowed most participants to take a breather for one round during the afternoon’s play, but for an unlucky few, it was six rounds of eight games on the bounce, with only a brief interval for the usual scrumptious afternoon tea. Kudos for the best overall performances on the day went to Mark Hill and Ailsa Fraser, both of whom showed flair, consistency and durability in achieving an average win rate of just over five and a half games for each group of eight games played with a wide variety of different partners.
Many thanks to Debra Norton and Alison Jamieson for the lovely tea.
The next American-style one day tournament is the Albany Trophy on Sunday 8th July.
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We need you to give your consent for us to use your data in various contexts, such as sending emails about club events.
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Today is Jamie’s wedding day -what an amazing day to get married! Looking forward to celebrating your special day with you. It only seems like yesterday that you were that cheeky junior that used to turn up to Saturday coaching with that big smile and mischievous twinkle in your eye! Look at you now! Wishing you all the happiness in the world.xx
More sad news for the club. Bob Butt has died after a long illness which he faced with fortitude. He was described in the local newspaper as “a community stalwart” making a contribution to many aspects of local life, not just Avondale. Bob had been a member of our club since 1970 – nearly 50 years- and had represented Cornwall in his youth.
Kathy Charles, head coach, was quoted in the newspaper as saying “For many years, Bob dedicated hours of his time to helping with junior coaching and club nights. His kindnesses, encouragement and enthusiasm will be greatly missed by all the juniors, both past and present”
His funeral has taken place and was very well-attended, showing how well respected and loved he was across the community. We send our condolences to his wife Chris, also a long-term member at Avondale. It seems fitting that they met on tennis courts while they were employed at RAE.