Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Mad March News

SPECIAL TEAM TRAINING SESSIONS: Sunday 10th and Sunday 17th March 230 - 430 pm

Julie will be running TWO special team training sessions over the next two Sundays from 230 - 430PM. The aim of the sessions is to gather juniors who would like to play in the under 12 and under 14 yellow ball players together (boys and girls) for some fitness, drills and doubles training. (Please bring a drink). (N.B. IF the under 16 and under 18 players would like something similar, please contact Julie and remember that you are also welcome at the Senior Team Training on Saturdays and Sundays).

The objectives will be:

- to encourage the group to develop some team spirit ahead of the junior leagues 
- to set some fitness goals for themselves 
- practise tennis but specifically to fine tune their doubles skills 

The cost of the sessions are £10 and the session will run inside and outside the club using the courts, the gym and perhaps goal setting in the bar or squash court. We will possibly also do some hill sprinting around the perimeter of the club. (The motto: BE PREPARED for all of that!)

If you would like to attend, please email to book a place as they are limited. If you cannot attend but would like to be part of the teams, please email Julie.

If these sessions are popular, we could run them from 800 - 10 am OR 330 - 530 pm during the Easter holidays as a kind of "Advanced Tennis Camp". If you would be interested in this, please let Julie know on It is easy for us to organise events for the under 10s but it would be great to get some feedback from the yellow ball players themselves about what they would like happening for them so please encourage them to email in or interact via facebook:


We have now organised the time and venue for our sponsored Fun Run. It will run on Sunday 24th March in Victoria Park. We invite you to run/walk a mile (or more!) with us on this day. We will be setting off runners at 10 am - 11 am - 12 pm and 1 pm while those in training for the marathon will be running the whole time! We ask that you make a £5 donation to enter or raise your own sponsorship by asking your family and friends to sponsor you. The Thistle Chicks was the inspiration of Samantha MacCuish, mum of Abbey and James, and she has recruited Julie and two others to run the London marathon and raise £5000 or more for the NSPCC. More details and sign up can be found on this link:


Italian Tennis Event  (with Vino Valentino)
Sunday 24th March  3-7pm
 In collaboration with Vino Valentino there will be a mixed doubles fun event organised on Sunday 24th March from 3-7pm.
Apart from the tennis there will be refreshments served at an interval midway through the matches and at the end there will be an Italian dinner plus wine.
Vino Valentino have recently opened in Chancellor Street and provide the opportunity to buy exclusive Italian wines and farmhouse products in both draft and bottled form. Our Italian tennis coach Nicolo is involved in this venture so please support him by popping in!
Prizes in the form of vouchers for the shop will be provided for the first 3 couples who win to a total value of over £100!.
The event is open to any standard from social level upwards and you will be allocated a partner on the day.The format will be round robin and all players are guaranteed participation until the end regardless of how many games they win or lose.
Entry fee for the whole event including refreshments, dinner,wine and prizes is £20 and you can sign up at any time by seeing a member of staff. Or email
And finally.... reminders:

- Social Matchplay for Red, Orange and Green runs on Sunday 10th and 17th March from 12-130. Cost £5. Just turn up or sign up via
- The block ends on Friday 22nd March and restarts on Sunday 14th April. This date and others can be found on the 'Coaching' section of the blog.
- Easter Camp runs from 1st April - 12th April. You can book your place by clicking here
- All this info and much more is kept centrally on our blog so that you have an online noticeboard at your fingertips!

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