Farnborough Tennis Club 

         (Orpington)

Club News

2022 Annual General Meeting

The AGM was held on Sunday 20th November at the Small Hall, Darrick Wood Swimming Pool, in Lovibonds Avenue. Thanks to Jan Whitehead for organising the event and to all those members who made time to attend.

Apart from the usual business concerning the Chairman and Treasurer’s Reports, the approval of the accounts and the presentation of this years’ trophies, there were three items for the broad attention of members.

Following the recent review of the courts, the Club has made it a priority to seek funding to re-surface all three courts in the next 12-24 months. There is a significant gap between our reserve and our target, so the Committee have agreed to pursue external funding options to try and close this gap. If you have any experience of fund-raising, or any bright ideas, please let the Committee know. We will, of course, be looking to see if financial support is available from Bromley Council, Sports Associations, the LTA, the National Lottery, etc.

There were a number of changes to the Committee. Stephen Wade resigned as Chairman and stepped down from the Committee. Nigel Holmes also stepped down, although he will remain a Trustee of the Club. Peter Sargent was elected as our new Chairman and Fang Li joined the Committee as our New Member representative. If you joined in the last few years and feel there are topics or issues which should be discussed at Committee, please let Fang know. The rest of the Committee were re-elected for another year.

The membership agreed to hold subscriptions at £100 for Seniors and £25 for Juniors for another year - provided members renew on time. The membership fees for new members - and for those who have not renewed by 30th April next year - will rise to £120 for Seniors and £30 for Juniors. Full details can be found in the Minutes of the AGM and will be published on the website next March.

Finally, we are hoping to arrange another Mince Pie American Tournament between Christmas and New Year, for those who wish to get some exercise in what will no doubt be very fresh air. As always, this event will be weather dependent, and a notice of the date and times will be issued in due course.

 

Reminders

  • Saturday Club Play from 9-11am is for players who have the necessary skills outlined in the Guidance attached below. From 11am-1pm, members new to the game are very welcome to join in.
  • We have recently been advised that, due to Safeguarding considerations, Juniors are unable to play at Club Play sessions.
  • Members may not book courts during Club Play sessions; however, they should continue to book courts for play at all other times.
  • Our Club Coach is unavailable to take coaching sessions until further notice. Please see the Coaching page for further details.

Club Tournament Finals

The Club Tournament Finals have all been played - see the flyer below for the full results. Congratulations to all the winners this year - Fang Li, Rohan Sehgal, Chris Ponulak, Kuniko Sato, Shirley Wicks, Jon Leach and Jean Baars.

Club Matches

The remaining friendly matches were played out at the beginning of October, with the Mixed team drawing 4-4 at home to Bromley on the 4th and the Ladies team drawing 2-2 at home to Sundridge on the 6th. Everyone enjoyed some great tennis and all the games were played in a fun and competitive spirit, with close tie-breaks in both matches. Well done to both teams and we look forward to more friendlies next summer.

Autumn American Tournament

The end of season American tournament took place on Sunday 2nd October, in glorious sunshine, after a delayed start to let the rain pass us by. Shrewd organisation by Peter and Jane and our thanks go to both of them for running all our American tournaments this year. Congratulations to Jean Baars and David Howell for winning the season closer this time around.

Club Play

All Senior Members are welcome at Club Play sessions, provided they play to a reasonable standard. Club Play times are as follows:

Monday Afternoons 1:30 - 4:30pm (All year round)

Wednesday Afternoons 1:30 - 4:30pm (October to March)

Wednesday Evenings 6:00 - 9:00pm (April to September)

Saturday Mornings 9:00am - 1pm (All year round)

(Wednesday sessions change gradually with the light in Mar/Apr & Sep/Oct)