Tennis News – Winter 2014 Part1

INTRODUCTION FROM THE TENNIS CHAIRMAN, PAUL VICARY

Dear Member,
Welcome to the first of what will be a regular quarterly Tennis Section newsletter. This newsletter is designed to update the members on what’s happening at the Club.
As this first newsletter contains a lot of information it is in two parts.

Part 1 includes team news, the latest on coaching matters from Pete Lavery and his team and finally a Junior Committee update.
Part 2 to follow will have a membership update and news on our important Club Marque accreditation.

As this edition coincides with our annual membership renewal cycle and you should by now have received your renewal pack.  Our memberships rates offer great value for money and I would encourage you to renew as soon as you can to take advantage of our early payment discount.

As Spring approaches we hope the weather will be kind to encourage all of us to come up to the Club and take advantages of the many opportunities to get on the court.
I hope you find this newsletter of interest. If you would like to make a contribution to future newsletters then please contact our Editor, Howard Revens at howardrevens@btinternet.com.

Enjoy your tennis!

Paul Vicary
Tennis Chairman

TEAM NEWS FROM THE LADIES AND MENS TENNIS CAPTAINS. ALISON WILLIAMS AND GEOFF WILLIAMS.

Firstly, thank you for taking the time to read our first newsletter and we hope you find some interesting information. This will become a regular way to communicate news about team tennis.
25 Adult Teams for Summer 2014

For those that might not be aware, each summer we enter Adult Bucks Shield teams and also Aylesbury and District teams. There are over 25 different adult teams overall: men’s, ladies, mixed, veterans and knock out competitions so a lot of varied team tennis takes place.

Clubs moving towards 2 pair format

Bucks Shield matches have traditionally been 3 pair teams requiring 6 players to play 6 sets. The Bucks LTA recently offered 2 pair divisions and this year there has been an increase in clubs opting for the 2 pair format rather than the traditional 3 pair teams. The advantage is that only 4 players are required to play 4 sets which takes less time, however it also means less players are required for each match. For the men there are now only six 3 pair divisions as opposed to 8 last year as clubs have switched to the 2 pair format We will be monitoring this for next year.

TEAM TRY OUT – Saturday 1st March 2-4pm
For anyone who is not already playing team tennis and who would like to be considered there is “team try out session” on Saturday 1st March from 2-4pm. Captains and coaches will be available for a hit and to see which squad might be suitable for you, so please come along. If you are unable to make this session but would like to be considered, please contact a captain.

Team practice for Ladies and Men’s teams starts Tuesday 27th February and Thursday 27th February respectively and is by invitation only as court availability is limited. Please contact us if you have any questions.

COACHING NEWS FROM THE CLUB HEAD COACH, PETER LAVERY
· Great month for top junior Miles Groom who wins grade 3 in Bath and comes 13th out of the top 32 juniors in Britain at the grade 2 event in Loughborough. Miles is now an LTA matrix funded player and one of the top juniors in the south east region.
· Chesham Bois juniors doing a top job braving cold and wet conditions for the new coaching programme, not to mention the coaches! Some of the mini tennis sessions are also running at Hyde Heath village hall during the winter only. The new tiger turf courts have been a great help and are very popular with junior and adult lessons!

New Schools Programme
The coaching team are developing an extensive schools programme which is already up in running. It is designed to reach out to schools and start a close relationship, helping to promote tennis in schools and help to educate and enthuse teachers alike to get involved in tennis and hopefully Chesham Bois tennis club! The schools we are currently working with are:
St. Mary’s (already started working with 4 classes!)

Coleshill
Hyde Heath
Chestnut Lane
Woodside
Chesham Bois
Amersham high school

We are very hopeful that we can work with a few more as it would be a great opportunity to be involved with the community and get the club more exposure.

Mini Tennis Ladder
The mini tennis ladder continues once a month with 22 players taking part since September. The current leaders after January’s ladder are:
Red boys: Sam Pearson
Red girls: Isabella Pearson
Orange boys: Harry Hicks-Bennett
Orange girls: Chloe Salloux
Green boys: Nikolai Phillips and Fraser Chapman
Green girls: Claudia Maurantonio
There are several Chesham Bois players currently taking part in county training for their age group.
U12 boys: Angus Creighton
U10 boys: Miles Groom and Thomas Creighton
U9 girls: Millie Day
U8 boys: Oliver Pemberton, Fraser Creighton and Alex Groom
U8 girls: Millie Day

Chesham Bois red players starting the year with a bang!

On 11th January Oliver Pemberton and Fraser Creighton played a grade 5 tournament at Halton and they both narrowly missed out on winning their round robin groups so played each other in the 3rd and 4th place play off, with Oliver just pipping Fraser to the win.
On 18th January Alex Groom, Fraser Creighton and Millie Day played in the grade 4 winter county tournament at Halton against tough opposition. Millie played well but couldn’t quite take the win after losing one match to the eventual champion 10-7! In the boys event Alex and Fraser were drawn into the same group which was a shame but both boys progressed into the semi finals as Alex won the group after beating Fraser 11-9 and Fraser came second in the group. In the semi finals Fraser lost a close match 10-8 and Alex won 10-3. Alex finished as runner up of the whole tournament losing the final to Fraser’s victor 10-5 after a great afternoon of tennis.

JUNIOR SECTION NEWS FROM THE JUNIOR CHAIR, KAREN FLANAGAN
Despite all of the rain. With the newly resurfaced courts holding up extremely well there’s lots going on in Junior Tennis.

Most importantly the Junior Night Kitchen will reopen with a bang on April 25th and offer the usual delicacies with some sunny Friday evening bbqs thrown in for good measure through to October. An email will be going out to parents of junior members to request some behind the counter assistance with the kitchen rota as we can’t do it without your support.

Junior night coaching does run through the winter and if you are keen to get some more focussed free junior training please do come along on Fridays.

17h30 – 18h00 is for aged 6 and under

18h00 to 18h45 is for ages 7,8,9 and 10

18h45 to 19h30 is 11 years and over.

The good news to tie in with that is that the club bar is open all year round and will now open from 17h30 on a Friday.

We have ten teams entering the Aegon Team Tennis this year and juniors have signed up to take part playing approx. 6 matches per team against other clubs in the area. These are all managed by parent captains for which we have received great support this year. Matches are played between April and June. More imminently we have an U12 Boys team playing in the Winter league this year adding to the options available for our juniors to play competitive tennis. Unfortunately other clubs did not enter a girls team so our girls had no competition, but we hope this to change next year.

The Road to Wimbledon tournament will again take place at the club starting in the spring. This is for boys and girls aged 14 and under on 31st August 2014. The winners of the club tournament will qualify for the County finals and if we are lucky there is a place at the National finals up for grabs to be held at WIMBLEDON ! More details will be posted on the junior noticeboard in March.

If the rain doesn’t stop falling remember there is always table tennis inside and the junior committee have purchased new table tennis bats and a net so please just ask behind the bar to pick them up.

And finally we are very light on committee members so if anyone fancies assisting us please contact Karen on Karen.flanagan.hp.com