OK the paint isn’t on yet – just temporary lines – they’re painted in April. But in the meantime we’re very excited to have had our first practice on the newly resurfaced courts. It’s lovely to have a true bounce again and less wear on the balls. And with entering a men’s C team for the first time in the known history of the club competition is hotting up for summer selection.
New players wanted – both for the men’s and ladies’ section – all standards welcome.
lunch and refreshments throughout the day
would like to enter, please contact Gill Sayzeland on 01934 814236 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Places
are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis (initially
a maximum of 3 pairs per club but this may be increased later if space is
available). Once your place is
confirmed, a £12 deposit will be required.
Skittles evening on Tuesday 21st January in the Recreation Club next door to the courts. Arrive at 7pm for 7:30. The cost will be just £7 which covers the cost of a chili/curry (including veggie option) and also pays for the sticker-upper! Please email Martin Dibsdale if you’re coming so we can get the food quantity right. Players and supporters all very welcome.
For the first time in the history of Congresbury Tennis Club as far as records go, the Congresbury Mens’ Team gained Summer League promotion to Division 1 having risen 4 divisions in the last 6 years.
It was a greatly contested season ending in the top spot in division two with 83 points, just 4 points ahead of Backwell A team. You see how the season played out at http://nstl.org.uk/Summer19/MENS2_LG.TXT
The core players in the team were Dean Cope, Ben Powell, Phil Jones and JL Hagger, with strong B team players coming in for 7 slots in the season including Paul Brean (most improved player of the season) and Martin Dibsdale (team captain).
The trophy was handed out at the North Somerset League AGM; it wasn’t this big, but appreciated nevertheless…
Walking tennis is taking off all over the Bristol area (where it was founded) – and it’s about to hit Congresbury and North Somerset this spring!
This new format of the game is great as a ‘medium-level exercise’ for those not able to due sport due to injury or age for both non-tennis players and ex-tennis players alike. It is also great for beginners who can develop their tennis stroke and confidence before moving to the running form of the game.
Walking Tennis is played with lower compression (orange spot) balls, you have the option of a second bounce (which has to land in court too), and you cannot run. It can be played as singles or doubles, although we’ve seen it played nicely with 3 at each end too!
The social element is important too with coffee after; at some clubs the players rotate bringing a cafe to have with the coffee – we hope that will happen here too!
If you might be interested in joining the course in April 2020 please email WalkingTennis@congresburyltc.net to be added to the mailing list to receive more details nearer the time. You can also check out the rules of Walking Tennis at https://www.walkingtennis.org/rules.html
Positive result and comments from Taunton in the press after Congresbury A’s 6-4 win over Taunton.
Thank you everyone who contributed to the club tidy-up and BBQ day last weekend – it was a great success.
The courts look a lot better with the new nets, summer weeds removed from the court edges, the undergrowth push back away from courts, a tidy-up in the club house and the painting of the whole clubhouse.
Although spring has not yet arrived and the evenings have been chilly, we’ve seen 10 or 12 members of the men’s section on a number of Monday evenings through the winter.
If you have thought about joining don’t be concerned about getting a game – come along – where anyone is sitting at the side (whether because we don’t have enough courts/lights or because of an odd number) we generally rotate every 5 games and take turns to sit out.
If we have increased membership and pressure on courts we will investigate lights on the top court and additional teams in the league (we currently have two).
Interested in joining, or getting more information about the club? Email Michael or Alexa on email@example.com or ring 07796 263495.
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Monday Evening Men’s Practice is definitely on (whatever the weather) and has been pretty much every week through the winter. If you’ve played league of any standard come along, or if even if you haven’t and you’re keen. If you’re not a member but are of a reasonable standard (can serve and volley at little) then just turn up for free for a few sessions – otherwise I’d suggest the Tuesday evening coaching session with Dean or the Wednesday evening club play.
Join the new email groups at http://cltc.wiggio.com to ensure you are kept up-to-date about whether or not any of the club sessions are on on rainy days!