Our opening club night was blessed with dry though somewhat blustery weather as we got into our stride for the season. It was good to see that a number of prospective tennis players joined us for the evening and hopefully they will have been encouraged to visit us again.
Now the season starts in earnest with teams preparing for the start of fixtures in the Southport and Liverpool leagues. Last Thursday the mens team had a fine evening and got nearly two hours of practice without needing to use the floodlights.
Mens practice session
It was interesting to see that the first floodlight on the third court had already been converted to LED. It’s not easy to see, but the old sodium light fitting has been removed and replaced. Such is the technology nowadays, the new LED lights don’t actually look like lights at all. Hopefully the weather will allow the conversion of the remaining lights before matches begin.
We have started getting ready for first Club night and are making preparations for the evening. As always, there is a warm welcome for non members to come along and join us to play some tennis and enjoy the refreshments.
Bill will be on hand to give some coaching tips and we will have a selection of racquets and balls if you don’t have your own equipment.
Keep an eye out for our new poster which will be seen around and about the Club in the next few days!
Five junior camps have been provisionally agreed. These will be once again run by Bill Dow who takes the popular junior Saturday morning sessions. These are open to non members.
EASTER CAMP 1 Monday to Wednesday – 3rd – 5th April – 1 till 4pm
EASTER CAMP 2 Monday to Wednesday – 10th – 12th April – 1 till 4pm
MAY CAMP Monday to Wednesday – 29th to May 31st – 1 till 4pm
SUMMER CAMP 1 Monday to Wednesday – 24th – 26th July – 1 till 4pm
SUMMER CAMP 2 Monday to Wednesday – 31st Jul to 2nd August – 1 till 4pm
These are provisional with more information to follow nearer the dates!
February might seem very early to be discussing plans for summer tennis – but it is a key month in the local tennis calendar. Work starts in earnest when Town Green representatives attend both the Southport and Liverpool Tennis Group fixture meetings where our teams play league tennis. Then Clubs will host their own Committee meetings to organise events, purchase balls and agree court time for the season.
The first three confirmed dates are always first club night, coaching and our early season American Tournament and once we have these agreed it feels like the season is underway. This year the dates are
Coaching – usual format with Bill’s popular Saturday mornings starting 1st April
First Club Night – our curtain raiser for the season will be at 7pm on the 11th April
American Tournament – to be held at 2pm on Sunday 30th April
These dates have only just been announced and there will be plenty more information in the very near future.
Liz has confirmed the booking for the Town Green Tennis Club Christmas Dinner!
It will be on Tuesday 6th December 7pm at the Toby Carvery in Ormskirk.. The £13.49 menu (which is excellent value) is copied below.
Please let Liz know if you can make it as numbers have to be confirmed by the 15th November.
Did you know that our U3A tennis players also play during the winter? They can usually be found on Court between 10 and 12 most Wednesdays and Fridays, unless as they say its “teeming” down.
They have a break over the Christmas and New Year period from about mid December to mid January, but apart from that will be found hitting balls down at the Winifred Lane Courts in Aughton.
They are always interested in meeting new tennis players who might want to join in and will look forward to seeing new faces. Interested? – then please get in touch or simply go down and introduce yourself!
If you are new to the area and still finding your way around Ormskirk and Aughton we can be found behind the Aughton Village Hall car park on Winifred Lane. If you drive through the car park, the tennis courts can be found directly in front of you. Sat Nav might not give you an accurate location!
Following the success of last year the Town Green Tennis Club winter league has started once again on Wednesday evenings. The competition is open to all Club members and is an excellent way for new members to play regular tennis over the winter period. If you wish to join our Club and play in our Winter League then please give us a call.
The Winter League is played most Wednesdays at 7pm on our floodlit Club courts at Winifred Lane in Aughton. There is ample off road parking and the use of the pavilion during the matches.