SHEEN LAWN TENNIS & SQUASH CLUB Parklands Close, East Sheen SW14 7EH Telephone 020 8878 7650 e-mail: email@example.com website: www.sheentennisquash.co.uk CLUB BULLETIN FEBRUARY 2010 PLEASE NOTE NEW EMAIL ADDRESS CLUB AFFILIATION The Tennis Section is affiliated to Tennis Surrey, which is the County LTA and National LTA. The affiliation fees, the levels of which are fixed by the L.T.A and the club pays from your subscription are £8.oo for adults and £2.65 for juniors. This affiliation allows us to obtain loans at NO INTEREST RATE, and many services, such as basic insurance. It also allows the Club members to play in the competitions, both team and individual events. A small number of Wimbledon tickets are also guaranteed to be available from the county Association. The Squash Section is affiliated to England Squash. VOLUNTEERS At the A.G.M. volunteers are elected to various Committees, which meet regularly and run the Club so effectively. We thank these members, without whose help the Club would not be able to function. SECURITY We try to make the Club as open and welcoming to members and visitors as possible, but without full time supervision we have to take some security measures. A CCTV system is in operation and records on disk all movement throughout the outside areas of the grounds. It even records the foxes roaming at night..! Monitors are situated in the office and in the bar. The tearoom is now also covered. It is important that the code number to the kitchen door is not disclosed to non- members whether senior or junior. We must emphasise that this is a serious matter, and disclosure has resulted in acts of vandalism in the past. MAINTENANCE The Club has a rolling programme of maintenance and refurbishment. The tennis courts are being resurfaced, which has to be done approximately every 8 -10 years.Courts 4 – 6 were resurfaced in 2008 and courts 7 & 8 will be completed this spring. To keep the courts clean,our Grounds and Maintenance Manager uses a pressure jet washer to clean the dirt that accumulates over time.The squash courts have a yearly maintenance clean and refurbishment in the off season, in August.All areas of the Club are regularly repainted so that the Club facilities are very clean and tidy. MEMBERSHIP The full tennis member’s subscription works out at a little over £4.75 per week, for unlimited tennis and use of all the facilities. It is interesting that the charge for the public courts on Sheen Common is £5.50 for one hour’s play only. BRITISH TENNIS MEMBERSHIP. The LTA British Tennis Membership is now in operation. It normally costs £25 to become a member,but it is free to members of Sheen Lawn Tennis and Squash Club. The Club receives a small number of Wimbledon tickets for our members. We are only allowed to sell the tickets to members who have joined the BTM scheme .Members can join online at www.lta.org.uk or by application form, which is obtainable from the Club office or by phoning the LTA on 0208 487 7000 and selecting the Membership option on the answer phone. NEW MEMBERS Club Night for Full Members will be every Wednesday evening, starting April 7th . From the 28th April, there will be an organised fun Tournament and barbecue run by Caroline Barker and/or Chris Northey. All are welcome. It will be an opportunity for new members to make new friends. There will be a small charge of £3 – towards the cost of prizes, charcoal and baked potatoes. Please bring a small salad to share and your own selection of meat or fish! The evening will start at 6.30 p.m. and the proposed dates: 28th April, 5th, 12th, 19th and 26 th May, 2nd , 9th, 16th 23rd and 30th June, 7th 14th and 21st July. SUNDAY MIX IN There will be an organiser on duty at the club on every Sunday morning to help with the club mix in. The session will run from 10.30 a.m. – 12 noon and all Full members who attend will be found suitable games. TENNIS TEAMS We have men’s, ladies and mixed teams entered in various County summer, winter and National leagues. These teams all enjoyed great success over the past year. If you would like to be considered for the teams please contact: Martyn, our coach on 07711 773767, or Wendy, Ladies Captain on 020 8876 4632. TENNIS COACHING We have two licensed coaches working at the Club. The Coaching Team is led by Martyn Lappas, and he is supported by Caroline Jordan. There is a comprehensive programme of coaching available to suit all ages and abilities. The Club is now a Mini Tennis Accredited Centre with over 70 children affiliated to the scheme, playing each week. For coaching please contact: Martyn Lappas 07711 773767 Caroline Jordan 07917 844294 For group coaching and camps please contact Christine Beynon on 020 8878 7650. TENNIS COMPETITIONS All events will appear on the Club website www. sheentennisquash.co.uk. entry forms can be downloaded and results entered. The veterans’ tournament has been running since the beginning of the year, and the finals will be held on the weekend Saturday/Sunday 20 th /21st March. The Club championship will be run as last year, at the beginning of the summer season. Finals Weekend will be Saturday / Sunday 19 th / 20th June. The under-18 Club championships will be held in the week beginning Monday July 26th JUNIOR TOURNAMENT The Surrey Junior Championships will be played at the Club from 23 rd August to 28th August 2010. It is a Grade 3 official LTA Junior Tournament with the best boys and girls in the county competing in age groups, 12-14-16-18 and under. SQUASH The squash members continue to enjoy two good quality courts. They have a Club morning on Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tennis members may join the squash section, with a 25% discount on joint subscription. BAR Just to remind you that the Club has a cosy, friendly bar which is open regularly on weekday evenings, and on Saturday and Sunday lunch times. We maintain a small but carefully selected range of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. We also serve coffee, and tea as well as toasted sandwiches, crisps, nuts and confectionery. Our prices are very competitive. CLUB LICENCE As required, following a new Act of Parliament, the Club had to apply for a new licence to sell alcohol to members and guests. The new legislation also required permission to have music and dancing. Following a hearing at the Council Offices, the licence was approved by the licensing authority, but with the conditions that the back fire door in the lounge was not opened during an event, when there is noise, and the music is kept to an acceptable volume. To conform with this latter requirement and to see that we do not infringe the rules, which could lose us our licence, the Club has installed a noise limiter which will automatically turn off any music which goes over the prescribed volume setting. CLUB SOCIAL Another extremely successful Christmas Cocktail Party was held at the Club in December. The Social Committee is pleased to announce that the next social event may be a quiz night and you will be advised of the date. This has always proved to be a highly popular evening and returns by popular demand. The Committee will also be running other events throughout the year, so please look out for details. HALL HIRE To help with Club income, the lounge, bar and tea room may be hired out to club members. There have been a number of parties, bridge drives and conferences using these refurbished facilities. During weekdays there are Slimnastics, Pilates classes and children’s dance classes. Children’s drama classes are held on Saturday mornings. These hirings are kept, as far as possible, to times which do not affect members’ use of the Club. We are happy to arrange special wine, and champagne from our suppliers for parties. Talk to Christine, on 020 8878 7650, to arrange bookings. RESTRINGING SERVICE 24 hour racket restringing and regripping services are offered on site. Prices charged are at Special Club cost – the most popular strings being Prince Synthetic gut at £15. Rackets may be left in the Club Office, Club Pro Office or bar, where lists of strings and grip costs are displayed. The club office is open 9 –12 noon, Monday to Friday, or telephone Tony Scarlett in office 020 8878 7650 9 –12 noon or home 020 8876 9593. CLUB WEBSITE The web address is: www.sheentennisquash.co.uk It is full of information including competitions, what is on, and many historical photographs. Log on and get a complete picture of the Club in 2010. BADGERS AND FOXES We are regularly visited by foxes at night and members are asked to shut the gates on the front courts and not to leave food outside. We also have badgers residing under the courts, with their entrances in the gardens on The Mall. At present they do not appear to be damaging the courts, but if members notice any subsidence at the back of the courts, please report this to the office. LOANS Over the years the Club has borrowed money from the L.T.A. to build the 8 acrylic courts and the new tea room, kitchen and toilets. The loans are interest free and repayable over 10 years. We have repaid the loan for the courts and now have the loan for the tea room to repay. But this loan has only one year left outstanding and then will have been repaid in full.. The loans do have conditions attached such as a junior development programme, a club mix-in policy, and no playing in tests. The Club must meet these criteria to benefit from the monies forwarded. VISITORS Recent checks have shown a high number of members bringing in guests (sometimes as many as three at a time) without paying the appropriate fees. There are also gate- crashers who do not even come in with a member. The visitor’s fee is only £5 per adult and £2 per junior, if it is paid before play commences. An entry should be made in the visitors’ book in the tea room. The fee may be paid to bar or office staff, when present, or posted through the office letterbox in one of the envelopes provided. Normally we rely on an honour system – therefore most failures to pay are a matter of dishonesty. This involves substantial financial loss for the Club. Spot checks will continue to be made. The Club is pleased to welcome your guests. The fee is very small, so please support us by paying for your guests.