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July American Tournament

We usually just have our American Tournaments on Bank Holiday Mondays but as we have been deprived of them for so long, we decided to slip in an extra one on a Sunday. The weather forecast for 25th July was for thundery rain storms but in the end 21 hardy players managed to play a full afternoon of tennis before the rain arrived.

It wasn’t just the tennis that was enjoyable – after four rounds of play there was a well earned break for tea and cakes before we resumed for a further 2 rounds. The cakes were particularly appreciated as seen in these photographs – many thanks to the bakers, Debra Norton and Linda Robson.

Back on court the winning lady was Sam Williamson with an amazing average of 6.4 in each round of 8 games and runner up Clare Bambridge. The Mens winner was Mark Hill with Pete Smith and Paul Treacy joint runners up. A very enjoyable afternoon all round.

No photos of the action this time. Everyone was too busy playing!

Details for club from May 17th

There has been a significant relaxation of  Government restrictions on outdoor tennis from 17th May, which is mainly good news as listed below. However there are some points you need to bear in mind.

    • Our social mix in tennis sessions have now returned  click for photo
    • Shared tennis balls are now available in the ball rack for use by adult members.
    • We shall also be holding an American Tournament on Bank Holiday Monday 31st May – to enter this tournament you will need to register in advance Click here for further details and entry form
    • League matches are now underway
    • Team captains may now use the main lounge area of the pavilion for league matches, subject to a maximum occupancy of 12 people in this area, divided into groups of no more than 6 people.  Players are encouraged to wear face coverings when in the lounge area.
    • The guidance is still that players should normally come to the Club dressed ready to play but in case of need the changing rooms may now be used,
    • We are continuing the current arrangement of one person at a time in the changing rooms and toilet areas for the time being  due to limitations on space and ventilation


Test and Trace requirements

Paul Treacy would like to remind you about the following Test and Trace requirement.

Version 4 of the Guidance for Tennis Venues in England COVID-19: RETURN TO PLAY – Published 13 July 2020 states: “To support NHS Test and Trace, venues should keep a temporary record of all those on site for 21 days, in a way that is manageable, and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed.”
Clubspark has added a Track and Trace feature to the online court booking system which the Committee asks all members to use when booking a court.
Here is a reminder of how to do this.

Scoring idea when playing singles

Now that we are all playing singles rather than doubles it has been brought to my attention that a number of players at the Club are starting to use the Albany Trophy system to provide a competitive match when one player is evidently stronger than the other. A reminder of the way this works is as follows:-

  • Each set begins in the normal way for the first game.
  • The loser of the first game starts 15-0 (or 0-15) up in the second game.
  • If they win that game, then the starting score for the next one reverts to 0-0
  • But if the same player loses again, they start the next game 30-0 (or 0-30) up.
  • If they continue to lose (!), their starting score stays at 30-0 (or 0-30).
  • Each time they win a game, their starting score drops back to 15-0 (or 0-15) or 0-0, depending on their previous advantage.
  • When the starting score is 15-0 (or 0-15), then the first point is served from the left hand side of the court.
  • Normal tie break rules apply if the set goes to 6-6.

We passed our LTA Audit – thank you for your help

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”

Safeguarding update

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.

We are the best!

The following was taken from a Facebook post by Paul Treacy

“Aldershot & District Tennis League AGM was held at Avondale last night and we congratulate the League on its 70th birthday, it having been formed in 1948. A list of all winners of the various League divisions since 1948 has been posted here: adlta website . The League Committee have analysed this data and proclaimed Avondale as the overall most successful club in the League over the last 70 years. Let’s hope that the next 70 are as successful.”

If you want to see the tables,follow the link above and then use their menu to go to Past Division Winners. It’s really interesting to see how many more teams are now playing. Back in 1958,there were just 2 Ladies Divisions and the Avondale Ladies won Div 1, not Avondale A, there was just the one team. Now we have 5 teams playing in various divisions.

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

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.

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.

Club and coach of the year!

The AEGON British Tennis awards for Hampshire & IoW were presented at the County AGM on 3rd December and I am delighted to announce the following:-
Club of the Year for Hampshire & IoW: Avondale LTC
Coach of the Year for Hampshire & IoW: Kathy Charles
Congratulations to Kathy – well deserved.
Thank you to everyone who voted for Avondale and to everyone who helped to make the Club successful in 2015.
Our prize is on display in the trophy cabinet.