Wells Tennis Club Open Day, 3 pitctures of a family standing on court with rackets, mini tennis players in action and two senior players smiling

Welcome to our club

You’ve joined at an exciting time for Wells Tennis Club. We have a strong coaching development plan, are working on improved facilities for a move in the next few years and are building our calendar for match play, competition days, open sessions and social events.

The Committee and members are pleased to welcome you to Wells Tennis Club and hope that you enjoy your tennis and membership of the Club. The Committee are here to help the Club develop and improve so please don’t hesitate to contact us with your ideas and comments at any time.

As a member you can now use any of the five courts, subject to coaching or special bookings, join in any club sessions to help you improve and represent the club in matches for winter and summer leagues.   Additionally you’ll benefit from free balls (replaced every week), members’ discount for all coaching and cardio tennis sessions, social events and entry for the Wimbledon ballot (once you have your British Tennis membership number).

Young players receive a club t-shirt on joining and can either drop in for coaching on a Saturday or sign-up for after-school lessons at a reduced rate. We’ve started junior tournaments and plan to have more to offer for our youngest players and families next year.

Wells Tennis Club is part of national, regional and local networks for the sport. We are members of the Lawn Tennis Association and this means that all our members can gain British Tennis Membership that open up grant and ticketing opportunities for us.

I hope you find everything you need in this handbook to get started with your membership. Keep an eye on our website for news and events. You can follow the club on twitter @wellstennisclub and facebook.

I look forward to seeing you on court.
Dan Cooke
Kind regards

Dan Cooke (Chairman) April 2018

 

 

 

 


General Weekly Schedule

Please check the website and notice board for seasonal changes.

Monday 18.30 Men’s night. Turn up and play. League matches from April to July.

Tuesday 18.30 Ladies’ night. Turn up and play. League matches from April to July. There is an organised rota for play – please contact the Ladies’ Captain for details.

Wednesday 09.30 Adult beginners coaching. Available for members and non-members. Turn up, pay and play.

Wednesday 19.30 Adult improvers coaching. Available for members and non members. Turn up, pay and play.

Thursday 18.30 Club tennis. Turn up and play. All abilities welcomed.

Friday 18.15 – 19.15 Cardio tennis (one court). Turn up, pay and join in.

Saturday AM. Children’s coaching from 9.30 – 1300.

Sunday 10.00 – 12.00. Club tennis. Turn up and play. All abilities welcomed.

Information about fees for coaching sessions can be found on our website > Click Here

At Wells we offer coaching suitable for children, teenagers, complete beginners, improvers and our competitive teams. We include cardio tennis, a new fitness activity that combines hitting lots of balls accompanied by upbeat music.

Our coach, Kevin Durney is a LTA licensed Level 5 Master Club Coach with 16 years experience getting the best out of every ability level. He is also studying for an MSc in Applied Sports and Exercise Psychology.  Sessions are available in groups and on an individual basis.

For the latest timetable and prices check details in the club house and on our website.
Contact: Kevin Durney     T: 07970 562611     E: kpdurney@msn.com


Competition and matches

If you’d like to develop your competition skills and represent the club do sign up for teams in the clubhouse or speak to one of the captains. At Wells we take part in the North Somerset summer and winter leagues. Members have represented Somerset County teams in junior, adult and senior age groups.

Summer

Four men’s teams which play 10 matches on Monday evenings from 6.30pm for 10 weeks. Four ladies teams which play 10 matches on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm for 10 weeks. There are four players in each team to play doubles only. Each pair plays the best of three sets against each opposing pair. If games are 6-6 then a tie-break is played in all sets.

Winter

Matches by arrangement (usually Sundays) for two mixed teams who each play 10 matches. The team is made up of four players, two men and two ladies and the match consists of a mixed and ladies/mens doubles.

Juniors

Children and teenagers can have fun on court through learning and competition at Wells Tennis Club. As well as coaching opportunities after school, on Saturdays and during the school holidays the club is developing more opportunities for competition events.

Our annual open day and participation in the Great British Tennis Weekend is a great way to introduce family and friends to the club with activities for all ages. All new junior members will receive a club t-shirt.

At our club, we want to provide a safe, enjoyable and inclusive environment for all our members. We are committed to working in accordance with statutory responsibilities, government guidance and comply with the best practice and requirements set by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). We aim to ensure that all children and adults have a positive and enjoyable tennis experience.

If a child is under 13 years old, a parent or carer must be supervising them whilst they are at the club, unless they take part in arranged coaching sessions. If you are not able to supervise your children, arrangements need to be made by the parent/carer, e.g. designating a specific adult to act in loco parentis.

Our safeguarding policy is published on our website. Contact: Caroline Moule, Welfare Officer T: 01749 671202 E: member@moulekuenne.plus.com


Useful information

Balls: Wells Tennis Club provides tennis balls for use by members and are changed weekly. They are kept in cupboard on wall. Used balls can be found on the shelf in the kitchen.  Please use four balls per court and ensure they are returned to the clubhouse ball cupboard at the end of play. Keys for the ball cupboard are available from the membership secretary for a £5 deposit.

Ball machine: Our ball machine is stored in the shed. The machine can only be used by juniors with adult supervision.

Committee: The committee meets every three months and the election of new members takes place at the annual general meeting that is usually held in the spring. Minutes are posted on the club notice board and can be requested from the secretary.

Communications: Club updates are emailed to members and the website is updated with events and news. Our publicity officer will contact local media for news and events. If you are able to help publicise club events through your workplace or community networks please contact our marketing and publicity officer.

Dress and Shoes: There is no formal dress code but non-marking court shoes must be worn to avoid damage to the courts.

Email addresses: We will only use your email address for matters relating to the running of the club. We ask members to respect the address list, which must not be given to other parties or used commercially.

First Aid: A small first aid kit in available in the clubhouse. Accidents should be recorded in the accident book that is kept in the clubhouse. The nearest Accident and Emergency Department is in Glastonbury.  There is also a defibrillator on the outside of the blue football club house near the car park which has an access code of 2017.

Floodlighting: Lights are free for use and can be switched on at the outside wall by the courts. The green button turns one block on red switches them off. They will give an hour of play with a five minute warning which they are about to finish.  Our licence with Mendip District Council states that the lights can be used until 10pm.

Ladies’ Saturday afternoon tennis. An informal arrangement from 2pm for ladies to turn up and play. Please contact Captain Julia Nest for details.

League Tennis: Full details of this year’s summer and winter fixtures will be listed on the club noticeboard and communicated via the individual team captains. Members are encouraged to sign up if they wish to be considered for any of the teams or contact the Men’s and Ladies Captains.

Lost property: Any lost property is kept in the club house. Clothing that remains unclaimed for a number of weeks is given to charity.

Noticeboard: Please look at the board for information concerning events, functions and tournaments. The Club notice board is up dated frequently.

Parking: Car parking is available at the Rowdens Road Sports Club at your own risk. There are two bike racks in the club.

Privacy: Our privacy statement is available online.

Racket stringing: Racket maintenance and advice is available from coach Kevin Durney.

Scorekeepers: The Club has five white/green scorekeepers. They are kept under shelf in kitchen area.

Security: At the end of play please ensure that everywhere is locked up, windows and doors, gates to the courts, main entrance gate is padlocked and lights, water heater, heater are turned off. The combination code for the gate and clubhouse is available from the membership secretary if you need a reminder.

Summer season: The official season starts at the beginning of April with Open Club Play on Thursday evenings. Men play on Monday evenings and Ladies on Tuesday evenings.

Visitors: Visitors and new members are welcome to the club. A visitor can use the courts for £3. It is the responsibility of the member introducing the visitor(s) to enter name in the Visitor’s Book in the Club House and put cash in the white cash box under shelf at the far end near the noticeboards.  Visitors can play three times, after which we want to encourage them to become members.

Wimbledon tickets: To be eligible for Wimbledon tickets you must be registered on the LTA website and have a British Tennis Membership number (BTM). This is entirely free. The Club is then allocated a percentage of tickets in relation to the number of BTM members they have. Please make every effort to opt in annually to the Wimbledon ballot – if you decide to opt out this reduces the number of tickets available to the club. The club then has a ballot, usually in April, for all interested members for these tickets. Please contact Club Secretary Kim Hole for further details.


Fair play & safeguarding

Fair Play is an important value in tennis. Wells Tennis Club supports the LTA values to ensure that our tennis is played in a fair, open and inclusive nature at all levels.

Enjoy

  • Tennis is a game, enjoy it!
  • Be a good sport when you win, lose and watch matches.
  • Be a role model and set a good example of the behaviour you expect from others.
  • Respect other players, parents and officials.
  • Take responsibility for your actions.
  • Learn and follow the rules.
  • Call the score and lines clearly and leave it to the official to resolve any problems.

These values apply equally to players, parents, coaches, officials and volunteers and cover all tennis activities, whether it is a competition, a friendly hit at a court or a match you’re watching.

Safeguarding

At our club, we strive to provide a safe, enjoyable and inclusive environment for all of our members. We are committed to working in accordance with statutory responsibilities, government guidance and comply with the best practice and requirements set by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

We aim to ensure that all children and adults at risk have a positive and enjoyable tennis experience.

Our policies outline our commitment to safeguarding and protecting all children, young people and adults at risk whilst at our club. The policies can be found by clicking here and are also displayed in the club house.


Contacts

On notice board or contact the Secretary Kim Hole at richard@r-hole-21.freeserve.co.uk or 01749 679507

*Do not need to attend committee meetings

Dan Cooke (Chairman)

dapc1967@gmail.com

07801 172307

 

Richard Hole (Treasurer)

richard@r-hole-21.freeserve.co.uk

01749 679507 or 07583 910358

 

Kim Hole (Secretary)

richard@r-hole-21.freeserve.co.uk

01749 679507 or 07583 910358

 

Colin Blatchford-Brown (Vice-Chair)

colinbb@hotmail.com

07702 493030

 

*Clare Mather (Membership Secretary)

wellstennismembership@gmail.com

07920 575493

Julia Walton (publicity and marketing

juliawalton60@gmail.com

01749 572533 or 07968 844986

 

Ruth Angelinetta (Social)

ruthangelinetta@gmail.com

01749 673588 or 07817 261773

*Caroline Moule (Welfare Officer

member@moulekuenne.plus.com

 

01749 671202

*Tasha Smith (President)

TashaWells@aol.com

01749 674729

Vicky Flicker (Playing, League & Coaching)

m.flicker323@btinternet.com

 

01749 870641

*Dave Mills (Men’s Captain & Maintenance)
 
dave.mills11@btinternet.com
 
07714 261912 or 01749 347870
 *Julia Nest (Ladies’ Captain)
 
juliagromit@gmail.com
 
 
01749 870716 or 07544 695893

*Robert Powell (Wells Sports Club

Representative

robert.powell2@btconnect.com

 

01749 677947

Marcus Fisher (Clubmark Co-ordinator)

marcus.fisher@virgin.net

01749 672603 (h) or 01749 673391 (w)

Matt Goatcher

Matthew_goatcher@hotmail.com

07809 430678