Tarvin Tennis Club

April 20, 2015
by Rupert Thorp
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Welcome to Our Club

New members and visitors are assured of a warm welcome when they play at Tarvin Tennis Club. Juniors in particular are encouraged with an expanding coaching programme. Whilst we put an emphasis on enjoying tennis, we run up to five teams both summer and winter for those wishing to play competitively. Why not come and join us.

October 10, 2021
by Rupert Thorp
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Tournament Finals and Club Sessions

The Men’s singles, doubles and the mixed doubles finals are scheduled to take place on Sunday 17th October from 1.30pm. Please do come along to spectate.

From Oct 5th the winter timetable for club sessions has begun with play under floodlights on a Tuesday from 6pm and Saturday morning club sessions from 10am.

As usual we will be operating the what’s app group for club sessions. If you are not already on the what’s app group, please reply with your phone number and I will add you.

Felicity

Club Secretary

September 9, 2021
by Rupert Thorp
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Club Tournament 2021

We are holding the Finals of the Club Tournament this Sunday 12th September from 2pm.

It is a social event with light refreshments provided by the committee and players. We would welcome seeing as many of you as possible to enjoy the tennis.

The Order of Play is as follows, (players handicaps are in brackets):

Gentleman’s Singles – 2pm: Peter Nosworthy vs Graham Freeman

Ladies Doubles – 2.30pm: Felicity Pochin & Tracey Treasure (-15) or Julia Burgess & Philippa Ward (Scr)

vs Rowena Okell & Annie Trevor-Jones (Scr)

Ladies Singles – 3.30pm: Felicity Pochin vs Catherine Mason

Mixed Doubles – 4pm: Graham Bunting & Annie Trevor-Jones (-15/30)

vs James Pond & Rowena Okell (-15)

March 24, 2021
by Rupert Thorp
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Spring Newsletter 2021

Dear Members,

Welcome to the new season. As we near the end of what we hope will be the final national Covid lockdown, we look forward to being able to play tennis again. Happily, the Government has announced that outdoor sports, including tennis, may resume later this month, which conveniently coincides with the start of our new season. Some restrictions will remain in place until further relaxation is permitted but, provided these are observed, all members can safely play tennis from 29 March onward.

Social play, including regular weekday sessions, will be limited to groups of 6 persons maximum. What this means in practice is that 4 players can play on each court but that interchange of players between courts may happen no more than once in each session, so that each player shares a court with no more than 5 others during the session. On club nights (Tuesdays & Fridays, commencing 30 March) there will be a committee member present to help organise play. It has been proposed that the WhatsApp group, set up for floodlit sessions, be used for club nights to allow attendance to be pre-booked for each session; please email:  Felicity.pochin@btinternet.com if you are not on the group and would like to be included.

Formal coaching sessions are subject to different restrictions (max 12 persons per court) and these will commence from 19 April. Details and costs are shown at Coaching 2021.

Subscriptions are being held at the 2019 level for the 2021/22 season. Subs are due on 1st April 2021 and will be collected via direct debit from those who have signed up to Clubspark. Alternatively they may be paid via Clubspark using a credit card. Members not using Clubspark can make payment by bank transfer or cheque – see the Application Form 2021. New members, including anyone who joined for the first time in 2020/21, will receive a 50% discount.

Booking of courts is required as it was last year, via Clubspark. The padlock codes are revealed when you have booked your court.

The Club AGM is normally held a few weeks before the start of the season, giving members the opportunity to comment on the running of the club and to vote on plans and proposals for the forthcoming season. This has not been possible this year because of Covid restrictions but we plan instead to hold a meeting in June or July, when restrictions have (hopefully) been lifted. The date, when fixed, will be notified to members by email.

The Annual Club Tournament will be held as normal this year; all adult full-time members are encouraged to enter. Entry details will be posted on the website and the pavilion notice board. Finals’ day will be held on 12 September 2021.

A Junior Tournament and a programme of the popular American Tournaments will be arranged during the season. Dates to be announced when known.

Three Club Teams (Mens, Ladies & Mixed) have been entered in the Chester & District Summer League this season. The Mens’ B team has been withdrawn because of insufficient numbers of available players.

Not much longer to wait now, before we are playing again.  The clocks are going forward and winter (and hopefully, the pandemic) is coming to an end. Enjoy your tennis and remember to stay safe.

Chris Edwards, Club Chairman, March 2021

June 3, 2020
by Rupert Thorp
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Update on Court Usage, June 2020

LTA UPDATE – please see the Terms and Conditions for Court Booking

“Players from different households can now play doubles together as long as they stay 2 metres apart as far as possible, and small group coaching for up to 6 people (including coaches) can resume.”

The Committee have considered these new measures and have decided to open all 4 courts for booking via Clubspark. I will list precautions taken from the LTA advice below, and for those reasons advise that for group sessions in particular we would prefer to restrict doubles play to just two courts at a time.

Despite access to Clubhouses being allowed in certain circumstances – ie access to courts and use of toilet facilities, the Committee have decided to continue to keep the Clubhouse closed. We will monitor members needs as play increases and will ensure that the correct sanitary measures are in place for when we do open it.

Please refer to https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19—latest-advice/

but here is a summary of the most relevant points.

  1. At all times, players should adhere to the Government’s social distancing guidelines (staying at least 2m away from others), and practice public health advice for hygiene.
  2. DO NOT leave your home to play tennis if Government advice means you should stay at home, or you are in the clinically extremely vulnerable category and have been advised to shield from the coronavirus.
  3. If anyone who has played tennis develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should follow the Government’s ‘test and trace’ guidelines, which can be read on the Gov.uk website.
  4. All players should use alcohol gel after touching any court gates, fences, benches et, and avoid doing so where possible. Please take your own, as we are unable to provide it externally.

Specific Playing advice.

  • Stay at least 2 metres away from other players (including during play, when taking breaks and before and after play)
  • Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high 5)
  • Avoid chasing the ball down to another court if other players are using it
  • For doubles, consider agreeing in advance which player will take the shot if a ball travels to the centre of the court
  • For coached sessions, play careful attention to the instructions of the coach
  • Players do not now need to use their own clearly marked tennis balls – however, if you choose to use shared balls then extra care must be taken to ensure you do not touch your face during play, and you should clean your hands before play and immediately after finishing (use alcohol gel if required)

We have opened up booking for 4 courts, however we would prefer that players continue to book either Court 1 or 3 to avoid proximity of play – particularly for doubles. Players can book 7 days in advance and for up to 2 hours at a time. Please be considerate to busy times of play. We will monitor this system if it isn’t working.

Felicity Pochin, Club Secretary

June 21, 2017
by Rupert Thorp
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50th Anniversary Celebration

The Club chose the perfect day on which to hold its 50th anniversary celebrations which were combined with the official opening of its new clubhouse and floodlights. 

In the afternoon of Saturday 17 June 2017 many members and friends watched an American Tournament and saw Ted Lush, who until recently was Chairman of Tarvin Parish Council, open the new facilities. Ted, whose son James is a former member of the Club, cut the cake and spoke warmly of the Club’s contribution to the village.  The tennis playing facilities are some of the best in the area and the latest improvements were made possible through a generous grant from Sport England. 

The American Tournament was won by Felicity Pochin, currently Club Secretary, and Richard Brannam, who travelled from Nottingham to be present. Richard was the Club’s singles champion in 1983.  His brother Chris also played and they were joined at the celebrations by their father, Patrick, who is still a Club member. 

In the evening 87 members and friends enjoyed a splendid 3 course dinner at the recently refurbished village Community Centre which proved to be the perfect venue for the event. Catering was provided by Sophie Fearnall and the music by the Sue Reid Trio. 

The Club’s 50th birthday wasn’t the only event being celebrated.  Ted and Jane Lush had just become grandparents and Club members, Graham Bunting, who organised the afternoon event, and Sarah Mitchell announced their engagement. 

Many committee members helped in the organisation of a truly memorable day and the Club is also appreciative of the support given by the Community Centre in making the event a success.

Photos are in the Gallery