At last, the path from the clubhouse down to the side gate to the courts is open.
Yes, it's taken a long time and a lot of effort - but going through the process of incorporation, and getting agreement from surveyors and insurers regarding remedial works and appropriate signage has been slow going. Finally clearing the path and removing the temporary fencing didn't take too long, so now we're delighted that the path is open once again.
We are delighted to announce that the club has now been incorporated and is operating as a Company Limited by Guarantee. That's an important step forward in our drive to reopen the path and our contractor will now come back and clear the path again. Once this has been done we intend to reopen the path following sign off from our public liability insurers.
As part of the Regatta week program, we are holding an Open day on Tuesday 1st August, from 2pm to 5pm. Mike White, one of our coaches, will be running a ball machine challenge for both kids and adults, and depending on numbers he may also run an American Tournament for adults.
Here's hoping for a sunny afternoon!
Since the AGM, we've been working to be ready to incorporate the club as a Company Limited by Guarantee, but this is taking much longer than we'd expected. The company has now been setup ready for incorporation, but working through the bank's identification requirements for the directors and the company has been very time-consuming. We're nearly there now, and as soon as we can, we will call the EGM.
We are delighted to announce that we have started a junior coaching programme in conjunction with Salcombe Primary School.
The programme will run on Friday afternoons for 10 weeks as a timetabled lesson. We also hope to start another junior coaching initiative from mid June. Thanks to Mike White our new coach for initiating this. Mike is also available for individual lessons.
Contact details for both our coaches are on the Coaching page.
We've now completely switched over to the LTA-supported ClubSpark system - of course it's different to the old Google sheets, but you'll soon find it much easier to use. It's also much easier and more flexible to administer!
The old Google Sheets system has been discontinued.
Following the decision after lockdown not to enter the South Hams Tennis league due to the geographic distance between competing clubs, we now play friendly league style matches against similar minded clubs. Last year we had some thoroughly enjoyable matches, and today we hosted the first ladies match of 2023.
Yes the sun shone, the wind blew and a great afternoon's tennis was played by both teams.
In a closely fought match Kingsbridge Park were victorious by 42 games to 33. Their first couple battled hard to secure all 4 of their sets whilst their second pair again won their first 2 sets by pipping the opposition on a tie break, but then went onto surrender their final 2 sets to our first pair.
The match was played in an extremely competitive spirt as expected, but the fairness and friendliness between the teams makes these matches a load of fun. Playing for Salcombe today were Chris Coles, Caroline Evans, Heather Bennett-Earle and Jennie Sprague; playing for Kingsbridge Park were Katie Roche, Sonia Harrow, Verity Robinson and Lesley Healey.
The afternoon concluded with a cuppa and lemon drizzle cake – is there a better way to spend an April afternoon?
Salcombe welcomed a team from Thurlestone for a friendly men’s doubles match on Saturday 15 April. In a close and entertaining match played in glorious sunshine, Salcombe gained local bragging rights with a closely fought 5-3 victory. The encounter was enjoyed by all and made extra special by a delicious match tea. We look forward to the return fixture at Thurlestone later in the year.
We'll shortly be switching over to the LTA-supported ClubSpark system. The new system will accept bookings for play from 1st May onwards, and the old Google Sheets system will be phased out over a three week period, starting on 17th April.
Further details will follow shortly.
The Club held a very well attended Easter Bonnet Tournament on Thursday 6th April. The event was a "round robin" format on both courts with a tie break final which was won by Tess Brownill and Heather Earle. Well played both.
Tess also managed to win the competition for Best Bonnet, so double chocolate rations for her!
Many thanks to Jennie Sprague for organising.