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					                      September 2012 Newsletter

             25 August 2012 – A Day to Celebrate!
25 August 2012 was a day for double celebrations at Halton Tennis Centre.
Congratulations to James and Alison Leonard-Morgan on the birth of their second
daughter Jessica Rae who arrived at 4.25am weighing in at 7lb. Freya is a very proud big
The celebrations continued with the wedding of Jemima Hayward and Stefan King at
Weston Turville at 2.30pm, supported by Best Man Dom King – congratulations and good
luck to Jemima and Stef!

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Refurbishment of
The roof refurbishment has
now been successfully
completed and I hope you
agree looks much better.
You have probably noticed
that we are trying to
smarten up the outside of
the clubhouse/car park and
garden areas, and will be
continuing with this over the
autumn with Andy MacLean
using his considerable
talents to restore the front of
the clubhouse. The new
water colour of the tennis centre is also on display above the fireplace in the clubhouse. We have
also discovered an old picture of the clubhouse and courts when it was a cricket club ! We plan to
frame it and put up in the clubhouse.

Court 3 and 4 AGC's are starting to wear out, and quotes are being obtained to replace them in
time for next summer.

The new 'glass' club honours boards have been ordered, and should be with us mid-September
We are also installing new glass trophy cabinets to go in the bar area.

Clay Dome – Both domes have had their major electrical maintenance checks completed in August
and the clay dome is currently having a major clean-up and the ring beam serviced.

                                          Tennis News
Tokens for Floodlights
We are introducing tokens for the outside floodlights to be used outside of the club sessions.
These will be available free of charge to full members and can be bought @ £6 per token by other

The tokens may be bought from the office or the bar.

A reminder that to comply with the planning regulations all outdoor floodlights have to be turned off
by 10.00pm

Indoor Court Bookings
See below for the rates for members if you want to book an indoor court for private use:

£18 per hour for one off booking
£15 per hour for a block booking (a series of bookings over three months paid in advance)
£10 per hour for a Tennis Jeannie singles match (i.e. £5 per head)
£16 per hour for a Tennis Jeannie doubles match (i.e. £4 per hear)
Mini zone court £6 per hour.

A reminder that access to the indoor courts is by prior payment only; Please book via the office, bar
or the red box outside the office door. We hope to introduce an online booking system in the near

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future when members will be able to both book and pay online.

Should you like to consider a block booking please email or ring
Gill on 01296 623453.

A reminder that due to planning permission lights need to be turned off by 10.30pm

RAF Tournament
We are hosting a major International military tournament on 24-27th September with over 100
competitors from 6 Nations. It will be held during the day until 5.30pm on the 6 AGCs with indoor
court back up in event of inclement weather, so there will be limited court availability during the

Autumn Term Courses
A reminder that all Tennis courses start w/b 10 September – there are courses for all ages and
stages from age 2½ upwards – Toddlers, Minis, Juniors, Adults – for full details click on

2 New Additions to EBI Coaching Team
We are pleased to welcome 2 new members of the EBI coaching team:

Javier Gutiérrez Polo (Guti) - Guti comes to us having worked for the last 15 or more years
at the Bruguera Academy in Barcelona where he has worked with all levels of players from
youngsters, TE, ITF and ATP and WTA. He has a huge wealth of experience that we know
will be of undoubted value to the academy and the club.

Neale Proud - Head of Mini Tennis
Neale joins us from Batchwood High Performance Centre in St Albans, where he has spent the last
5 years working with County, Regional & National U10 players as well as setting up one of the
UK’s largest Mini-Tennis Talent ID & Performace programmes. Prior to becoming a full-time Tennis
Coach he spent several years in Management Training & Development, and is convinced this
experience has given him a “sixth sense” when it comes to getting the most out of the players he
works with. Neale has a great affinity with young players, and presses every motivational button to
make the most out of every child's talent.

New Strength & Conditioning Coach joins Halton Coaching Team
We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Gemma Elliott-Wetton to come on board the
team. Gemma is a UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) Accredited Coach who will
undoubtedly positively contribute across all areas of the Performance Programme and to Halton
Tennis Centre in general.

Cardio Tennis Starts Again on Thursday 13 September
We are starting up the Cardio Tennis again on Thursday 13 September between 10 and 11am. It is
on a pay-as-you-go basis and costs £10 for HTC members and £12 for non-members.
Please inform Tom Wood on 07729 561884 if you would like to join in.

Keep the Dream Alive (KTDA) – supporting our promising juniors
The KTDA club is a group of subscribers, currently 61, who are committed to supporting Halton’s
up and coming youngsters in achieving their dreams, the ultimate of which would be to see a
Halton trained player taking to the centre court at Wimbledon one day!
Subscribers pay £5.00 per month and since we started in July 2011 we have raised £3,785.00 of

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which £3,112.00 has gone to supporting the development of talented juniors and £673.00 has been
paid out as prizes.
In addition to paying out the three cash prizes each month there are two “tennis” prizes enabling
members to spend an hour on court playing doubles with a combination of high performance squad
players/coaches. The lucky recipients should contact Mike James (01296 623453 or 07958008312
or for further details.

Our aim is to increase the “club” up to 100 members and if any Halton members would like to help
our efforts by subscribing please could they contact either Gill Roe or Alec Clapperton.

August Draw
Amount Raised £305. Pay out at 20% £61.00
Prize Winners:

1st   £29.00      Carolyn Dewhurst
2nd   £19.00      Nick Leighton
3     £13.00      Rachel Barnett
Tennis Doubles Prize Winners: Robin Hughes & Claire Roberts

Draw made by – True Random Number Service

                     Core Strength Gym – Jon Price
Gym Open Days – Saturday 8 & 15 September – 10am – 4pm
A great opportunity to join Core Strength Gym – join on the day and get 10% discount off all
membership rates + No Joining Fee.
Free Pilates Sessions throughout the day in the Studio.

New to Halton - £/lb Club
Next month we are going to launch “it pays to lose weight” scheme for anyone using the gym. The
idea is that for every pound you lose in weight you earn a £ off your gym subs. So anyone who
needs an added incentive to shed a few pounds, watch out for more details

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September 2012

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