Welcome to the second round-up of tennis news from your local tennis club for the 2019 season which has so far been rather wet and cold, with several cancelled games. It's definitely been a month to follow the Yorkshire adage, 'Cast not a clout 'til May is out!' – in other words don't take off your vest until the end of May; thermal vests and handwarmers have still been making an appearance! It's also given team captains a headache as they valiantly rearrange matches and check for availability. But, fingers crossed, it'll be a warmer and sunnier June.
Planning is well underway for our 40th anniversary celebration on Sunday 30 June and by the time you read this there will only be a few weeks to go. The format for the day is:
|10am||Denis Hudson Tournament|
|1pm||Presentation, including cake cutting and toasts|
|BBQs ready for cooking your own food|
|2pm||Adult and junior tournament (you don't need to be related)|
|Drawing of the raffle|
|Fun activities on the theme of 40 and Ruby (the 40th anniversary colour)|
Throughout the day we will be running a raffle and we have already had some fabulous prizes donated due to the 'persuasive' powers of committee members! We would love as many people as possible to come along, whatever the weather. It promises to be a great event, one which can't be repeated. So, don't miss out!
Congratulations to Pauline Belt and Gary Payne who won first harlequin tournament of the season on 14 April. (A harlequin tournament is when all players switch partners every game and carry forward individual scores culminating in a final between the highest scoring men and women.) In a close fought final with Emma Cashmore and Tom Shouksmith, Pauline and Gary held their nerve and won the trophy. Despite a chill in the wind, all the players stayed to watch an entertaining match. Well done to all the finalists and those that helped them reach the final.
Coaching sessions continue and are getting rave reviews from all who attend. It's a great opportunity to tweak aspects of play, by a local coach who coaches at a number of tennis clubs. It's a fun and relaxed environment and caters for non-league and league players, so why not check our website for further details and come along? Visit our www.artc.org.uk for further information.
We are continually looking for new members for the club and have been delighted by an increase in adult membership since our recruitment drive last month. Thank you to all the committee members who posted fliers through your doors to nudge potential members into joining. However, there are still tennis players out there who maybe can't find the time at the moment. Rest assured, when you can we would love to hear from you. We play tennis throughout the year and you can join at any time. We're only an email away!
Finally, if you're looking for an outdoor sport to keep you fit, tennis is the one to choose as:
1. People who participate in tennis 3 hours per week (at moderately vigorous intensity) cut their risk of death in half from any cause.
2. Tennis players score higher in vigour, optimism and self-esteem, while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes and non-athletes.
3. Since tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it may generate new connections between nerves in the brain and thus promote a lifetime of continuing development of the brain.
4. Tennis outperforms golf and most other sports in developing positive personality characteristics.
5. Competitive tennis burns more calories than aerobics or cycling.
6. Playing tennis offers a potential 50 percent reduction in cardiovascular heart disease and also lowers blood pressure.
And it's all on your doorstep! Why not give it a go?
Welcome to the first round-up of tennis news from your local tennis club for the 2019 season. Over the next few months we will bring you news of upcoming events, summaries of results and any other information to encourage you to pick up a racquet and join in the fun.
2019 is the 40th anniversary of the club, and to celebrate this we are having a 'Festival of Tennis' on Sunday 30 June. It will include a tournament in the morning (The Denis Hudson Tournament) which is open to all adult members, a presentation at 1pm to include refreshments and BBQ, and a Parent-Child Competition from 2pm. Running alongside this will be fun activities with the theme of 40. It will be an opportunity to meet old and new friends. Visit www.artc.org.uk for updates and pencil the date into your diary.
Currently, the Selection Committee is busy organising teams and matches for the coming season and, as you may be aware, we are having a recruitment drive to increase the pool of players they can draw on. We need players for all levels, so if you might be interested in joining and are not yet a member we would love to hear from you. It really is a great way for families and friends to keep fit in a beautiful setting on well- maintained courts.
Coaching sessions have begun. Adults can hone their skills on Monday evenings and Junior coaching will begin in June. Junior coaching is split into 3 age categories: Years 1,2,3; Years 4,5,6 and Secondary age pupils AND you don't have to be a member to join these sessions. So, it's a great opportunity to ditch the computer and get active!
Here's looking forward to sunny days, filled with tennis fun.