Attenborough Update 14/9

News for Members by Jane Bowden
Invitation to all adult members | Matches and Teams | Courts | Floodlit Tennis | Coaching | Dan Gardner

Dear All

Apologies first of all for the slightly bizarre numbering of the last of these Updates; I can’t explain why I numbered it as I did!


Invitation to all adult members (including ‘restricted’/parent members)

On Saturday 25th October Liz will be organising a fun, handicapped tournament for all adults at the club. Even if you are a ‘restricted’ or parent with child member you are very welcome to join in this social event. It will start at 1.30 pm but, because of the format, it is possible to join in later or to leave before the end. Couples will play a number of 8 game matches. Each match you will play 4 games with one partner then swap partners for the next 4 games. It is hard to explain on an email I realise but, all will be clear on the day. This is a fun, social event and will include tea and cake. Liz will bring some cake but it would be much appreciated if participants could also provide something suitable for an ‘afternoon tea’. There is a trophy for the winner, donated in memory of Lesley Wragg, a much loved member of the club.


Matches and Teams

All the summer matches are finally finished and the winter matches have started. Cindy has kindly taken over captaincy of the new Third Mixed team (and started the season with a big win) and Louise will captain the Ladies’ Second Team, although she would appreciate someone else to help her with this. The captains are:

  • Ladies’ 1st: Mandy Scott
  • Ladies’ 2nd: Louise Aldred
  • Mixed 1st: Bob Bridges
  • Mixed 2nd: John Outram
  • Mixed 3rd: Cindy Belton
  • Men’s 1st: Chris Lacey
  • Men’s 2nd: Doug Lyburn
  • Men’s 3rd: Mike Abrahamson

Match results will be available via the Notts LTA website.

If you are not being asked for matches, and would like to play, please contact the appropriate captain to register your interest.



People with sharp eyes (and noses) will have noticed that last Friday’s work was carried out successfully. All courts were treated for moss to ensure that they remain safe, the baselines were scarified, a small tear repaired and the sand redistributed. Hopefully this will see us through to next spring when we will need to get them deep cleaned again. Bob is now working on the baselines with his ‘magic brush’ to return them to whiteness.

Although Attenborough is a beautiful setting, the trees around the court do cause us lots of problems at this time of year. Please take a bit of time to remove any debris on the courts, especially fallen leaves and the empty beechnut cases. If these stay on court they can be dangerous (and also produce some interesting bounces!) to players and also lead to moss growth again. We must keep the courts as clear as possible.


Floodlit Tennis

Tomorrow is our fourth Thursday at George Spencer school and, so far, it’s proved to be a very successful arrangement. There are still plenty of places for people who wish to participate. At £3 for 2 hours and £1.50 for 1 hour this is a fantastic deal, especially when compared to the Tennis Centre. 6pm to 8pm.



There is a lot of very exciting news on the coaching front. Firstly, congratulations to OTB’s Matt Wildt who is getting married on Saturday. Secondly OTB have recruited another Level 3 coach to their team who will have particular responsibility for Attenborough. This means it should be easier to book individual lessons (both adult and children) and will help us to build on Scott’s excellent work with the squads and Pay and Play sessions. This appointment was only made on Friday so, once all the administrative details have been settled, full information, including contact details, will be circulated to everyone and also posted in the clubhouse.


Finally, in another event this busy weekend, Dan Gardner, one of our assistant coaches, is completing a sponsored bicycle ride. Details were sent out in a separate email and Andy, Dan’s dad (and another member of our coaching team), is very appreciative of those people who have already agreed to sponsor Dan. It’s for a very good cause.

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday (or Thursday).



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