Congratulations to the Boys 14 and Under Team who have won the Hampshire Division 2 league this summer, being undefeated all season.
The team of Kyrill Kennett, Mark Mackie, Myles Cole, Jacob Simmonds and Jack Murn have all played really well and are a credit to Andover Tennis Club. Well done boys!
Each year, the Club organises a '100' club to raise funds for the new clubhouse. Please support your club - you could be a winner too.
For those of you unfamiliar with what a 100 Club is, it involves a payment of £12 per year which gives you a number for a year (you can have as many numbers as you like be it for yourself or family and friends) which will then be entered into a quarterly draw. There will be three cash prizes* drawn per quarter with 50% of ticket sales being paid out in prizes and 50% going to the club. The first quarterly draw will be on 1st July. Thereafter on 1st October, 1st January and 1st April.
* If 100 numbers are sold first prize would be £75, second £50 and third £25.
If you would like to support this fundraiser, please view and complete the form below or contact Jane Laborda - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Club held a successful week of introducing tennis to many local children.
Tennis sessions were held in local schools followed by an Open Weekend at the Club.
During the Open Event, local primary school children (and parents) enjoyed a fun tennis session, with tennis games, inflatables and activities, in our indoor centre.
Many thanks to Phil, a British Tennis Coach, who visited local schools and organised the sessions at the club. Many of our tennis leaders helped on both days too and were all amaxing. Also, a big thank you goes to all the club volunteers who helped throughout the weekend.
The 14 and under team travelled to Swanmore on Sunday to play their second
Aegon League match this Summer.
With Mark Mackie injured, Jack Murn joined the team for his first league match and performed really well. Andover Boys beat Swanmore by 5 matches to 1. An excellent result. Well done boys.
Great success from our teams during the Winter Season in the Basingstoke League:
The Mens 'A' team won Division 1
The Mens 'B' team came second in Division 2 and promoted to Division 1 for the forthcoming Winter season.
Thank you to all the team players for representing the Club.
Plus a big thank you to the Captains for their hard work in organising the teams.
Congratulations to the Club’s U14 boys team who recently beat Lee-on-Solent in their first match in the Aegon Hampshire Team Tennis U14 League. Well done Kyrill, Mark, Myles, and Jacob on a great performance.
Please click to read a full report.
Andover Tennis Club held their first Touchtennis event at their indoor Centre last Saturday. Touchtennis is a fast-growing adaption of the game of tennis, played with sponge balls over a small court. Players are allowed only one serve, there are no lets and a sudden death deuce is played. This makes the games move swiftly onwards. The sponge balls make the game exciting for all ages and abilities and mean that adults can compete with young players on an equal footing. The event was organised by Josh Gook and Ed Percival, new coaches at the club, who are both excellent competitors in this game and great supporters of it. 24 club members, ranging in age from 7 years to over 70 years took part in a great morning of fun and enjoyment. The competitors played doubles and were divided into 3 sections for a round robin challenge, followed by semi-finals and a final.
Please click to view full report and pictures.
The floodlights are now in place for use on the outdoor courts.
- The fee for the outdoor floodlight hire will be £4 per hour per court and can be booked in the normal way via the Clubspark on-line court booking system.
- When using floodlights for the outdoor courts, the booking must be a minimum of one hour. Please ensure you select this in the timing ‘pull-down’ option when booking your court on Clubspark.
- As with any booking, the access gate is programmed to open 15 minutes prior to your booking. When using the outdoor floodlights, they will also automatically turn on at this time.
- The lights will automatically turn off when the booking ends.
- A 'safety light' (the floodlight by the court 3 access gate) will be lit throughout the booking and will turn off 5 minutes after the booking ends to ensure players can leave the courts safely.
The Committee would like to thank all the members for their co-operation during the installation and hope you enjoy the added facility to the outdoor courts.
Andover Tennis Club is delighted to welcome Josh Gook as our new head Coach for ALTC from January 2018.
His company, JGTennis, will be the coaching provider and Josh and Ed will be working with Martyn, George and Bash to provide all the coaching at ALTC for our adults, juniors, minis and schools.
Josh is a Level 3 Coach and is taking his Level 4 award in 2018. He is an excellent player and is a young man with great enthusiasm, drive, ideas and experience.
Please click to view
- Josh's full intro
- how to book your place on a coaching programme
Following the support from shoppers at Waitrose Andover during September, the Waitrose Community Matters initiative has awarded the Club £300...
The money awarded will go towards essential equipment to complement the amazing facility.
Thank you to Waitrose Community Matters and everyone who has supported this Scheme.
Bright Ideas for Tennis in association with The Tennis Circus recently bought Davis Cup tennis to our club.
Club members of all ages joined Davis Cup pros for a selection of masterclasses from minis to adults drills.
The Club was very grateful for this opportunity and enjoyed a wonderfully instructive and entertaining day. Refreshments were served by the Club's social team.
A profit of nearly £300 was made, which (at the Davis Cup Pro's request) will be used to take tennis into Andover Schools next summer.
Please read the full report of the day.
The ladies have had an excellent season in Division 3b winning all their 5 matches (results below). The match on Saturday 5th August against Kingsgate ensured promotion to Division 2 next season.
The team won 9-0 but it was not all plain sailing and, in particular, Fi Strachan and Vicki Blewitt showed grit and determination by winning their matches over a mammoth 5 hours non stop! Ros Hursell and Kate Sloan played first pair and won all 3 of their rubbers in a calm and collected way, losing only 10 games in all. Lizzie Austin and Claire Reid playing in wind and rain, occasionally being interrupted by torrential downpours, secured their 3 rubbers ensuring a full sweep.
Thanks to all the ladies that have taken the time to play for Andover during the summer to ensure promotion for the team. Jennie Pope, Anne Brook and Nicky Hepworth have also made a huge contribution as well as the 6 ladies mentioned above. Ladies tennis at Andover goes from strength to strength and we look forward to the challenges that next season will bring.
vs Totton and Eling Won 8-1
vs Wellow Won 6-3
vs Salisbury Won 5-4
Vs Victoria Park Won 9-0
vs Kingsgate Won 9-0
Mark Mackie, Club Junior player, reached the final of the County Road to Wimbledon Finals held at Southsea.
Every year, winners from their local Club's Road To Wimbledon tournament travel to play on the grass courts at Southsea. The winner of the tournament is then invited to play at Wimbledon.
After a close match, Mark just lost the final in a tie-break.
Well done Mark for reaching the final - an excellent achievement...
Welcome to the start of the Adult "SINGLES LEAGUES"
Now the club is truly grounded at the new site it’s time to start focusing on playing and improving our games.
- We will now be running singles leagues for all club members who wish to take part.
- Each of the leagues will be set-up with 4 - 8 persons
- Everybody has the opportunity to play everyone in their league within the time period (2-3 months / depending on numbers)
- At the end of 2-3 months period the top 1-2 players will progress to the higher league and the bottom 1-2 will be relegated to the lower league
Please can any member who is interested in joining the league express your interest to Adrian Shapter (Committee member) who will be running the leagues
email: Adrian Shapter email@example.com
Please express your interest by 14/07/17 so we can get playing
Further details available once interest has been expressed.
This is a great opportunity to everybody to really fast track your game whether it’s just for fun, fitness or whether you are looking to add a competitive edge; due to the nature of the singles league this really caters for all, points will be allocated fairly and if you can't make all the games it doesn't matter... there is no penalty if you don't play but, of course you increase your chances of promotion if you play all the games.
We look forward to receiving your interest ASAP
The Grand Opening of the Club took place today,
Thank you to everyone who supported the event to celebrate the amazing new facility.
Further updates to follow soon...
The patio area between the clubhouse and outside courts is nearly complete. The area looks fantastic and will become an additional social area for members and visitors to use whilst at the Club. It will be great for a beer and a bbq in the summer…
Paths to the courts and further car park work will be completed over the coming weeks. Plus post and rail fencing will be erected to give our new facility real definition.
The majority of these works have been funded by Veolia Environment Trust, which was gained due to a successful grant application submitted by the Club earlier in the year.
Please also view the Gallery for the more photos of the Club … more to follow soon…
The Committee wishes to thank its members for their co-operation during this phase of the construction.
After being shortlisted for the Tesco BagsofHelp campaign, the Club is delighted to announce it has been awarded £8,000 to go towards floodlights for the outdoor courts.
The Club wishes to thank everyone who supported the campaign by voting in Tesco stores during the 2 week voting period.
The next step regarding outdoor floodlighting involves technical information being supplied to the local Planning Authority for their approval - this takes a minimum of 8 weeks and finalising costs with our preferred supplier. Inevitably, this takes time, therefore it is very unlikely that outdoor floodlights will be available for this Winter's season.
The Club will give a further update over the coming months.
Thank you for supporting the Club.
For further information on the Tesco Bags of Help initative, please view www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp
Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.