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We are very pleased to announce that we have a new coach for disability tennis, his name is Adam Field and we welcome him to the club. Brad will meet with him ASAP to discuss ongoing coaching and to generally amalgamate him into the coaching team.
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Squash numbers are holding up well with the majority of the players taking part in the internal leagues. In the Sussex League the first and second teams did well in Division 1 East and West, the fifths finished mid-table and the thirds and fourths struggled, finishing bottom of their divisions.
In the Annual Tournament Sam Hanbury completed the double of the Mens and Veterans trophies in tremendous matches while Sarah Naish just retained the ladies. Other winners were Dave Jump in the B, Dave Beecroft in the C, Gary Hewer in the D, Martin Dutton in the E and Ian Wilson in the SuperVets.
The Handicap Tournament is underway and is going well. Unfortunately, Nic Davies who has done so much for Junior coaching at Weald left for a proper job this season. We are grateful to Curtis Malik who has taken over the junior coaching and Downlands sessions on Wednesdays.
As always I would like to thank Chris Skingsley for keeping the internal leagues in order and the squash committee members, especially Trevor Morgan who has been Fixtures Secretary for 35 years. I would also like to thank reception for booking various courts for matches and competitions and keeping the bar open for a much needed refresher after our games.
It doesn’t seem like almost a year since I stood here asking for your support in making me Chairman of our Club for the second time. Hopefully on the whole you still feel I am doing a reasonable job! My first task at this meeting is again a sad one. 2017 started with the sudden death of our long time member, receptionist and lovely friend, Elaine Gilbert. Elaine was a real character whose friendly face and memorable voice and laughter is still missed by all of us who knew her. Could I just ask for a few seconds silence to remember this friend of the Weald and any others that I may have inadvertently omitted.
The other sad note is that in accordance with the Club rules we are saying goodbye to Sally Sharp as our President after her five years of service. Sally has been a stalwart of this club for a very long time in so many roles, coach, receptionist, player, Chairman and President and it is difficult to do justice to the thanks Sally deserves. Sally still does the court bookings and hopefully long may she do so. Sally, thank you for all you have done in the past for the Weald and are continuing to do. As a very small gesture of thanks please accept these gifts on behalf of the club. We are also saying farewell and thank you to two of our Vice Presidents, Rupert Ayton and Edward Tyson who also have served five years. I am hoping to welcome later on this evening Allan Norburn as our new President and John Gilbert, Adrian Rutherford and Bob Brimfield as our new Vice Presidents.
Little did I know that two years ago when I took on this role, one of my first tasks would be to deal with the saga of the men’s showers and that it would still be ongoing. It has been suggested that as the squash players are the ones who mainly use the showers (this is not a slight on the cleanliness of male tennis players by the way), it should be a squash player who should act as Project Manager then the refurbishment can take place.
The other minutiae of the Club Chairman’s life during the year was the usual dealing with leaves in South Bank, trying to stop large unauthorised vehicles using South Bank instead of the builders merchants, keeping the car park solely for the use of Weald members and visitors and still continually trying to get our members and particularly our visitors to keep to the 10 mph speed limit before someone gets run over.
One of the highlights of the year was the switching on of the clay court floodlights. The Grand Switch On was held in conjunction with a very successful Fun Friday with a fish and chip supper and saw 38 players take to the courts. A huge thank you to Alison Cumberland who project managed the whole build and did an amazing job.
A couple of weeks ago I had the honour of welcoming the new President of the LTA plus entourage to the club where they enjoyed a tour of the club and were most impressed. They saw one of our wheelchair players plus three Sound Tennis players in action and then enjoyed a lovely lunch provided by the team of Sharon Slade, Lorrayne Molloy and Sally Sharp. The Disability tennis is still meeting every four weeks and gradually, I am delighted to say, the numbers are increasing. Thanks must go to Calvin Chin and Frances Gilbert who have been assisting on court virtually at every session. Thanks also to our disability tennis sponsor, Elementary Signs, whose funding has paid for the sessions, the balls, the wheelchair ramp to courts 6 and 7 and towards the new storage area, designed and built by Russell Pelling, at the back of the clubhouse.
The Fun Fridays are still very successful and our thanks must go to the army of caterers led by Suzy Gray and Michelle Bole. The next Fun Friday will be held on November 24th. The Weald Christmas Party will be on the 16th December – thanks to Gill Stafford, Jude Christiansen and Sharon Slade for organising.
Tennis report – 2017 AGM
I very much feel like the new boy here having only been in post for such a short amount of time, even though I first joined The Weald as long ago as 1988, back in the days when I could actually play tennis. That said in this short time we have formed a new tennis committee and huge thanks must go to Lorrayne Molloy, Suzy Gray, Bradley Bant, Luke Evans, Sandra Clarke and Sharon Slade. They stepped up to the plate and have been a huge help to me. I should also like to thank Gill Andersson who has also been very supportive and my predecessor Phil Latham who every time I e mail him for advice and help never fails to send me valuable information.
Since the new Tennis committee was formed a couple of months ago we have looked into the way that the club purchases equipment and maintains the courts and surrounds. We wanted to get a more robust ordering process in place and Sharon has sourced a sole supplier for tennis equipment (excluding balls) thus ensuring best quality/price and only she or her staff will be able to order such equipment, ensuring that the club knows at all times what equipment it actually has and when and how much it needs to order. You will have seen the new storage area at the back of the club which will be invaluable. We have ordered two new benches for courts 1 and 2 of the clay and new court bins are also currently on trial. We have liaised extensively with Mike our groundsman and he has taken on an assistant to enable him to give more time to improve the look of the club, for example there is ongoing repair work now to the grass area to the south of the clay courts.
Obviously the most significant improvement in our facilities this year is the installation of the floodlights for the clay courts. Project managing this to a successful conclusion was a significant task and I should like to formally thank our membership secretary, Alison for her excellent work, not that I am biased you understand.
Social tennis continues to be ably looked after by Suzy and can I implore members to support these events as a huge amount of work goes into setting up and running them and it is very disheartening if they are poorly supported or worse people sign up and then pull out. We are really pleased that Jan Gonella has agreed to take on the running of Wednesday morning social tennis and a big thanks to her and also to her illustrious predecessor Simon Strange who did such a great job.
Having our Lead Coach, Bradley, on our committee is a great asset and we have now formalised the club’s relationship with our coaching team and we are sure that this will now go from strength to strength. Our coaching programmes - my thanks go to all our coaches who turn out in all weathers to provide marvellous support to our Club programme, one that caters in the most part for all members seeking to access the programme. This programme is our primary member recruitment and retention tool and will continue to be developed and adjusted over the next year by the Tennis Committee in consultation with the coaching team. My thanks to Bradley, Tom and Jarryd for their time and effort this last year.
In terms of our teams the Men’s 1st team was sadly relegated from Team Tennis Regional – but hopefully they will look to make an immediate return in 2018. The Ladies 1st made Team Tennis Inter County Playoffs under Petra, so a big congratulations there. We also had a great result as the Ladies 1st were County Doubles Champions under Emma Richardson.
The Men’s 4ths under Carl Valentine won Div .6 for a second successive summer promotion and The Weald Open was praised by outsiders for a being a great week. It was the first tournament in Sussex to have a wheel chair event running alongside able bodied players of which we should be very proud of and thanks must go to Gill for organising the Wheelchair event.
The Club Champs was successful as ever this year, with players not only dealing with the pressures of playing against fellow members and training partners but the conditions as well. That being said, on finals day, we couldn't have hoped for a better occasion with the sun beaming out and the sight of familiar faces such as Petta Sedova and Timmy Gedin, just to name a couple, battling it out to retain their singles and doubles titles from all their many challengers.
The tennis on show was great and as a club its really encouraging to see so many members so passionate about this event. Thanks to Gill for refereeing 3 days and Phil one day.
We have continued our link with Windmills School – many thanks to Mick Mccarron and we have now opened talks with Downlands via Gill Stafford and Bradley.
That’s about it for this year; I’d be pleased to hear from any members throughout the year with positive suggestions on how we can continue to improve our great club.
Look out in the Newsletter for featured sports events to be shown on the Club's new 60" TV - come down and watch your favourite teams and enjoy a drink and a light bite.
Coaches and players from The Weald attended the annual LTA Awards Evening at the AMEX Stadium recently. The event showcases the successes of everyone in the County at all levels, with awards for individuals and teams, including most improved players, volunteers, coaches and lifetime achievements. Tom Paine, one the Club’s Coaches, won the award for Junior Team Captain. His team described him as “kind, thoughtful, fun and encouraging”. The Men’s 2nd Team, under Captain Brett Knell, took top spot in Sussex Division 1 (with Coach Bradley Bant picking up the trophy), while Carl Valentine, as Captain of the Men’s 4th Team picked up an award for finishing top of their division. Freya Lumsden, one of our Junior players, was among a group who won awards for Junior Volunteers.
The Ladies 2nd Team suffered defeat at the hands of local rivals Southdown 1st Team who fielded a strong team, although the autumn sun shone. Lisa Cairns and Julie Nicholson fought hard against Kate Sherwood & Jane Dodwell, but the Lewes pair took the match 6-2, 6-4. Kate Cotter and Kristina Banham struggled against Pascale Davison & Kim Tuddenham and could blame lack of match practice but were unable to obtain consistency going down 6-2, 6-1. Julie and Lisa then had a tussle against Pascale & Kim, taking the first set, but taking the second set, the Lewes players also took the Championship tie-break. Kate and Kristina were defeated 6-0, 6-0 by Kate and Kim. A rather disappointing 1-3 defeat
We run social tennis sessions every Monday at 10.00 am and Wednesday at 09.30. These are kindly organised and administered by Jan Gonella. All are welcome regardless of age or ability. Please contact Jan on email@example.com if you would like to join in.
Come up to the Club on a Saturday morning for a delicious, freshly prepared breakfast from 9.30 am You may be playing a match later in the morning or just want to come and relax in the Bar or on the balcony and see what's going on, while enjoying breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee.