April 2010

Many thanks to all those members who came along to our AGM in January.

Chairman Bernadette Hillman reported that the theme for her year had been ‘to have fun and enjoy the tennis club’, and one initiative was to arrange several friendly ‘round robins’ during the summer. These were very successful and attracted several new members, who are now regulars at our Thursday and Sunday social sessions. Another idea was to inaugurate a Winter League such as is held at Dunstable Tennis Club, and thanks to Glenn Wigley who set this up, this was another great success. We held a very well supported ‘Play Tennis Day’ which again attracted some new faces, and the Chairman’s BBQ was an overall sunny affair in Bernadette’s garden; husband Dave was in charge of the barbecue, despite which some of the food was quite edible. 38 people were squeezed in, and for this summer Bernadette plans to enlarge the usable space in the garden by not letting Dave out of the house.

Bernadette concluded by saying that she had thoroughly enjoyed her first year as Chairman, so much so in fact that she agreed (after much arm twisting) to stay on for another year! Cue roars of approval from the attendees. Finally, Bernadette chaired the vote on this year’s subscription charges, and the credit-crunching good news is that the rates remain unchanged, so please tell your friends how they and their families can still play tennis for as little as 63 pence each per week (example of family and two children; have more children and save even more!) or just 48 pence per week for a junior member! 135 people can’t be wrong!

The 20087 Club tournament cups were then awarded to Darren Kerins for the Men’s Singles, Simon Mitchener and Pete Messetter in the Men’s Doubles,  Danielle Tansley and Carol Thorp for the Ladies Doubles, and to Jane Cross and Keith Hillman in the Mixed Doubles. Further trophies were presented t oFinlay Tarvit in the under 8s and to Sophie Mitchener in the over 8s. Club Member of the Year was awarded to Glenn Wigley for his sterling work on the Winter League as well as for ensuring that every committee meeting lasts long enough so that we never miss the morning chorus.

Thanks to all out members for continued support – without you there would be no club. We’re always on the lookout for people who’d like to become more involved, and it’s nice to see a couple of new faces on the committee this year. See later in the newsletter for a full list of who to contact.

Play Tennis Day

Our annual Play Tennis Day takes place up at the courts on Saturday 19th June from midday. This is a free tennis taster session for both adults and children, members and non-members, so bring along as many friends and family as you can muster; we’ll have spectacular offers available for any new members joining on the day! There’ll be lots of fun tennis related games, activities, competitions such as Fastest Serve and Longest Rally against the Coach, free giveaways, hopefully some tennis equipment and clothes for sale, plus our famous BBQ (where there’ll be up to 48 menu options)! Our ball machine may make a special appearance too… so come along and have some fun for a few hours, even if just to sit in the sun with a burger and chips (bring your own chips…)

Social Tennis Sessions 

Confirmation that our Tuesday evening social sessions now run from 6pm to 9pm so that those who may work late still have the opportunity to come along. We hope more members will take advantage of these sessions in the current fine weather. It’s all included in your membership! And don’t forget we also play on Sunday mornings from 10am….all are welcome.

Clubhouse Heaters 

Just a friendly reminder to please ensure that the heaters in the clubhouse are switched off if you’ve used them, before you leave. They’ve been left on a couple of times recently which isn’t good for either our carbon footprint, or our bank balance!

Like to play more regularly?

Some members have said that they would like the opportunity to play the occasional friendly game against other club members. However they don’t know who to call who might be in a similar position. So, Glenn has offered to maintain and publish a list of members who would like to be contacted by others on the list for the occasional (or frequent…) game. If you’d like to be included, then please let Glenn know by either calling him on 01525 220006, or e-mail 

Social Events 2009

Here’s a taster of what’s lined up for the rest of the yer. For full details just call any committee member:

Saturday 24th April: Round Robin at the courts. £3 entry  fee, contact Bernadette on 01525 222531.

Saturday 1st May: ‘Get Back to Tennis’ with Sara Leavy our new coach. 2-3pm at the courts.

Saturday 19th June: Play Tennis Day at the courts. Starts at midday, everyone welcome.

Saturday 3rd July: Village Carnival. Will we have a stand? Come up and find out!

Saturday 11th September (TBC): Club tournament Final’s Day at the courts. All welcome to come and watch, most likely a BBQ too!

Saturday 23rd October: Quiz-night, jointly with teh Village Hall Committee, at the hall. Food provided, £8 per head. Look out for more details soon as these evenings tend to sell out very quickly!

We’re sure you’ll enjoy meeting old and new friends at these events, and we look forward to your support at as many that you can get to!


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Round Robins!

Contrary to popular belief, in tennis talk a round robin is not a fat red-chested bird with a bad temper. And you can stop making up your own jokes! In fact it’s a simple tournament involving usually 12 players who alternate playing in pairs, against as many different pairs as time allows. Each player keeps note of how many games they have won individually, and that decides the winner. It’s so easy even I go in for them. And someone’s always there to explain the rules, and hand out the lavish prizes!

The next round robin will be held on Saturday 24th April at 1pm. If you’d like to take part – and it really is a lot of fun – or have any questions, then just call Chairman Bernadette Hillman on 01525 222531

Easy Fundraising

Thanks to everyone who’s been participating with easyfundraising – we now have 15 participants who between them have raised over £150 for the club, simply by shopping online and at no cost to them. Think how much we could raise for the club if everyone joins in! So if you do shop online but haven’t registered yet, then please do so by visiting: http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/eatonbrayt ennisclub. Then, when you’re buying, remember to enter the shop via a link from the easyfundraising website (or bookmark that link in your favourites).

Easyfundraising includes most major online retailers, and in addition the Insurance section includes all the well known insurers such as Direct Line, Esure, More Than, M&S Finance, Sainsburys Finance, Budget, HSBC, Nationwide, Post Office, Prudential and lots more. So if you’re planning to insure your car or home soon, log on to easyfundraising first to find yourself a great deal AND raise funds for us. For example, take out home insurance with Direct Line and you’ll generate £37.50 for us (donations apply to new policies only, not renewals).

You can also raise funds by booking your next holiday through easyfundraising’s extensive travel section. Featuring all the main tour operators such as BA, Expedia, Thomas Cook, Thompson, Virgin, Airtours, Lastminute and many more, you’re sure to find the perfect holiday at the right price, and raise funds for us at no extra cost at the same time. Any questions to Jon Moon at 

Meet the New Coach! 

April 2010

Our new club coach is Sara Leavy, who comes to us courtesy of Nick Boys of Elite Management.

Sara has been playing tennis since she was 4 years old and has represented the county continuously over the years and started playing for the ladies teams at the age of 12. Sara has been county number one in her age group since she was 8. She has played at club, county and national levels and at the age of 18 was given a full scholarship to America at the University of Tennessee at Martin. In the 4 years Sara spent in America she consistently played in the top 2 positions on the team for singles and doubles. In 2006 Sara was awarded Freshman of the Year in the Ohio Valley Conference and in 2009 she was awarded Athlete of the Year at her University. In her senior year Sara was undefeated in the conference with a 10-0 record. Sara’s current LTA rating is 3.2

As a coach, Sara has been coaching since she was 12 years old where she started as a tennis assistant at Linslade TC. Sara has experience of coaching children and adults of varying standards and for the last 3 years has coached at a summer tennis camp at the University of Pepperdine in Malibu, California. Sara is a qualified professional tennis coach. For individual lessons contact Sara on 07561 571578. Prices for private lessons start at £15 an hour.

Sarah is hosting a ‘Get Back to Tennis’ afternoon on Saturday 1st May from 2-3pm, so if you’re a little bit rusty and would like a freshen up, do come along and see what Sara can do for you!

Broken a string?

Contact Sara Leavy on 07561 571 578 for a restring – £20 per racket