Attenborough Update 14/11

News for Members by Jane Bowden
Courts: Safety and Maintenance | Matches | Coaching | Evening Play | Social Evening | Sponsorship

Dear All,


Courts: Safety and Maintenance

This was the major issue discussed at the last committee meeting. As you may be aware, the courts were recently treated for moss and the sand was redistributed. Unfortunately the courts are still being affected by a ‘silt’, made up of algae/bird droppings, which has flourished in the recent wet and mild winters. Although there was a plan to do a deep clean in the summer to remove this, it has to be done during a period of dry weather and the week that was booked proved to be one of the wet ones in the summer. Unfortunately this means that we have a problem with slippery patches, particularly on courts 2 and 3. We have made arrangements for some additional treatment which may help (although this can only be done during a block of dry weather) while we wait for some good, hard frosts to kill the algae. In addition we aim to rebook the ‘deep clean’ of the courts in the spring. For your information this will cost approximately £6,000 so it is important that it is done at the best time for it to be effective,
i.e. during an extended dry period.

In the mean time please be aware that, after heavy rain, there may be slippery patches left on the carpet courts so perhaps use the hard court instead. Obviously it is also important to have shoes with a good grip too. This problem is particularly tricky in relation to matches, especially when teams have travelled a long distance. Captains are asked to make a judgement about whether courts are safe as early as possible and to inform the opposition. Please also discuss the situation with the opposition team and make them aware of any risks. We may have to look at rearranging matches or finding an alternative venue if people refuse to play because they feel it is too dangerous.



All match results are now entered directly onto the LTA website which uses the British Tennis membership list. It is therefore even more important that everyone gets (free) British Tennis membership. It is very easy to do online.



Ross has already started work at the club and is available for private lessons. Contact him on 0775 2227815 or by email

Scott has started the Tuesday evening coaching/Pay and Play sessions at George Spencer Academy and would welcome more participants. It starts at 7.30pm and is great value at £6 for 1 and a half hours. 07907

OTB also have lots of exciting plans for next summer season with extra sessions at the club, a cardio session perhaps on a Saturday and a schools’ tournament. And there will be another Great British Tennis Weekend Open Day.


Evening Play

Thursday night tennis continues at George Spencer (6 to 8) but there is the opportunity for Tuesday night play too. There are currently 2 courts booked but only one used. If anyone (including parent members and non members) would like to use the other court (£10 per court) by organising their own 4 then please contact Scott direct on 07907 785216. This offers considerably better value than the tennis centre!


Social Evening

This is (very) early notice that we are hoping to have another social get together in March/April to mark the start of the new season.
Please let me know if you would be prepared to organise this.



Dan Gardner, one of our coaches, completed his ‘cross country’ cycle ride so, if you sponsored him, could you please arrange to send the money to him via Andy or directly to Dan. It is in aid of sending bikes to Africa.


Next Committee meeting: January 12th 2015, 7.30 at Lorraine’s house, Long Eaton.



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