Long Term Planning (10 Sep 2020)
Following an analysis of the feedback resulting from the Member Survey Questionnaire several of the comments and suggestions involved longer-term aspects of the Club and the tennis facilities. The Committee has established a sub-committee to undertake an overall review and to develop a five-year plan or club strategy.
The sub-committee comprises the following members: Dick Hogbin (Chair), Tony Piper, Joe Dowling, and Lucy Walker. Lee Friend, the Club’s head coach is also providing input as an advisor. Should you have any queries or suggestions about the future of the club please contact one of these members. Additional information will be made available via the members page of the website.
Mixed 3 – League Final (9 Sep 2020)
The Mixed 3 team visited Shooters Hill on Sunday 6 Sept to contest the Kent LTA Division 8 Final. Travelling without their illustrious captain, Sue Piper, the team pairings were James Young & Ginny Waliker (1st pair) and Phil Stevens & Hilary Dowling (2nd pair) with Phil donning the skipper’s armband! Weather conditions in SE London were perfect and the newly laid carpet courts played beautifully. The opposition fielded a very strong 1st pair with Jimbo & Ginny going down 0-6 4-6 and Phil & Hilary doing no better with a 0-6 3-6 score line. Our chance of taking rubbers came against a weaker 2nd pair but TTC were unable to capitalise. Despite the disappointing 4-0 loss, an enjoyable day was had by all and we eagerly await the start of the new winter season in a promoted division.
Adult & Junior Group Coaching (8 Sep 2020)
Adult and Junior group coaching is now being restarted. In addition to private coaching LoveSport, our coaching partner, an ‘Improver’ level adult group coaching session is once again available on Tuesday evenings and an ‘Intermediate’ level session is planned for Wednesday evenings later in the year.
Age based junior group sessions are now available on after-school periods on Mondays and new Saturday morning sessions are being progressively introduced.
Please visit the coaching page for further information and contact details.
Corona Virus Update (26 Jul 2020)
All members are reminded of the importance of ensuring that tennis at Trottiscliffe is ‘Covid Safe’. The Club has ordered hand sanitiser dispensers which will be located adjacent to each court. Members are reminded to maintain social distancing before, during, and after play, and should also ensure that they allow time to clear the court prior to the start of any subsequent court bookings. To comply with the Government’s ‘Track & Trace’ regulations, please ensure that the names of all players, including any guests, are recorded in the court booking. No use of the courts is permitted without a prior booking being made.
Evening Rotas (17 July 2020)
The evening tennis rotas are restarting on Monday 3rd August 2020 and the new schedules are now available via the member’s page of the club website. Those members who have indicated that they wish to participate in these sessions should check the schedules online and note the dates that they are currently due to play.
Any queries should be made to the relevant evening organisers or to John Bennett who coordinates the overall rota system. The evening organisers are as follows: Mondays: James Young, Tuesdays: Lesley Benge, Wednesdays: Phil Stevens, Thursdays: Anders Astrom
Move to Cashless Transactions (8 July 2020)
Prompted by the Coronavirus pandemic the club is keen to move away from the use of cash for guest fees, squad payments, etc. We are proposing to use online payment methods which apart from decreasing the risk of infection, is also far more efficient in terms of managing the club’s financial accounts.
Currently, electronic payment is by online banking/bank transfer which is the preferred method, the club is currently investigating the addition of online card payment facilities to the club website which will hopefully be available in the near future.
Spring Refresh (11 May 2020)
In preparation for the summer season the courts have been redressed with additional sand which as well as looking fresh should aid adhesion when moving quickly for that volley!
The clubhouse and decking has also been repainted as can be seen in the thumbnail photo.
Note: Click on the image for a full size version.
Quiz Nite (February 2020)
The club’s quiz nite social event was held in Trottiscliffe Village Hall on Friday 21st February 2020 and was attended by 83 members and guests who enjoyed a fish and chip supper midway through the evening. After multiple quiz rounds and running quizzes, two teams, the ‘Friday Nighters’ and ‘Blood Sweat and Beers’, were tied for first place with 103 points. Following a tie-break question concerning the height of the Eiffel Tower the ‘Friday Nighters’ team were declared the winners.
Thanks go to John & Fran Bennett and Lesley & Bruce Benge for organising and running the event which was enjoyed by everyone who attended. From the money raised £150 will be donated to the Diabetes Foundation and £150 to the Trottiscliffe Community Farm.
Junior Camp (October 2019)
Despite the wet weather children love sport and over the October half-term break, LoveSport delivered their trademark high energy camps, this time for 5-9 year olds.
Louise Hounsell, the club’s junior coordinator and coach commented: “The younger children worked and played hard, made new friends and kept fit while having a lot of fun. Rain never stopped play, in fact it made everyone work harder … attitudes do not get wet, only clothes!” To book future camps please visit love-sport.co.uk
Macmillan Coffee Morning (28 Sep 2019)
Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the Macmillan Coffee morning held at the Clubhouse on Saturday 28th September and to everyone who bought along the delicious cakes and prizes for the tombola. The Club raised a total of £416.50 which was fantastic.
If you were unable to make it on Saturday but would still like to contribute, there is a donation box on the table in the Clubhouse in case you have any spare change in your tennis bag or, if you want to donate a bit more, you can do so by writing a cheque made payable to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Sincere thanks go to Fran Bennett for organising this worthwhile event.
Annual Tournament (15 Sep 2019)
In the club’s 25th year another successful annual tournament was held with 8 ladies and 8 men playing ongoing tie-break points and changing partners over 5 rounds. The final was contested by John Bennett, Dan Walker, Julia Smith and Lucy Walker who played 10 minutes and then changing partners for another 10 minutes. Dan Walker and Julia Smith were the winners. The sunny weather conditions were perfect and friends and families, plus their canine companions, arrived to watch the tennis which was followed by an enjoyable barbecue. The younger children then took over the courts with our club coach Louise helping them play. Thanks go to Audrey Goodworth for organising the tournament and to Fran Bennett for coordinating the catering.
Mens 1 & 2 – Division Final (7 Sep 2019)
In what was a historic day for the club, on Saturday 7th September 2019, Trottiscliffe Men’s second team took the Summer 2019 Division 9 title with a closely fought match against their club mates in Trottiscliffe Men’s first team. Both teams had won their sections in Division 9 and consequently, both teams have gained promotion to Division 8 for the 2020 summer season. The two winning teams were competing in the final play-off for the Division 9 shield.
Ladies I – Division Final (7 Sep 2019)
On Saturday 7th September the TTC Ladies 1st team played the division IV final against a strong Bromley Wendover 1st team. Trottiscliffe had narrowly won the division by just one rubber from Sydenham who were the only team to beat them during the summer, this match being played the day after our Club Anniversary Ball.
The ladies team won the match by two games and gains promotion to Division 3 of the Kent LTA Ladies Summer League.