Attenborough Update December 2020

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News for Members by Jane Bowden

Quite a lot has been going on during the lockdown and some of it has already been circulated but here is a round up.


We have a new Committee:
Jo Jones(Chair),
Mike Bleaney (Treasurer),
Louise Aldred (Admin Sec)
Gary Smerdon White (Marketing and external communications)
Jane Bowden (Membership and Internal communications, Welfare Officer)
Saul Abbiss (Club development/coach)
Dean Skrabania (Ball Steward, Health and Safety)
Chris Metcalfe (Grounds)
John Winfer (member)
Doug Lyburn (member)
Brandon McGlave (member)
IT lead is still vacant.

That’s the first time that Bob Bridges’ name hasn’t been on the list for a very, very long time!

Social Tennis:

Is starting again. Stewart has kindly offered to organise Thursdays and I’m happy to do weekends until Christmas but it would be really helpful if someone could take over from January to March. Catherine has offered to take over for the summer but actually doing a 3 month stint is probably about right, so look out for another request for an organiser in June. Let me know ASAP if you are interested in playing this weekend, 1 till 3pm (can carry on later if people are keen and there’s enough light).

Court Bookings:

urrent members should have received an email asking them to register as Members on Clubspark in order to be able to book courts for free. Thanks to those (30 so far) who have already done this! Non members will be allowed to book any court which is still available 48 hours before it is wanted but will have to pay a fee. Hopefully, they will realise what a great club we are (plus it makes sense financially to join) and will join. There will be a special offer on membership to the end of the year.


For those of you who use FB, please could you ‘like’ and ‘follow’ the club page. Also feel free to post on it so people can see we are an active and fun bunch!

Health and Safety:

  • Covid Rules. Obviously, all the rules associated with reducing the risk of Covid continue to apply. We cannot open the clubhouse (except in emergency for water or toilets), hand sanitiser must be used before entering/leaving the courts, keep your distance from each other and no socialising. The full rules issued by the LTA have already been circulated but if you haven’t received them for some reason, check on the LTA website.
  • Courts. Clearly all the courts are quite wet at the moment. This means that they can be a little slippery but also means that we cannot add more sand until they dry out. Please take care when running and, if you feel that it is not safe, stop playing and contact Dean or myself.

Winter Tennis:

We are still hopeful of getting a Thursday evening session at Chilwell Memorial Hall, probably after Christmas. This is only one floodlit, all weather court. Some people have also booked the tennis centre outdoor courts although there is no ‘special offer’ this year. We may also be able to get the 2 courts at Trent Uni (Clifton campus) but this term, before lockdown, they could only offer 8.30 to 10pm. At the moment, indoor tennis not allowed so this is ‘on hold’.


is back to normal and, in fact, the new Tier 3 rules allow slightly more adults on court for coaching sessions. All sessions should be booked via Clubspark Attenborough Tennis Academy. Don’t forget Cardio sessions which start tomorrow morning.

Planning for the future:

As part of our work on developing a strategic plan for the future of the club, you will shortly be receiving a Survey Monkey survey asking for you thoughts and opinions about the club. The survey is anonymous and should help us identify priorities, strengths and weaknesses.


Now we are in December we can mention Christmas!

  • The club is taking part in the Attenborough Advent window trail and will be ‘opening’ our window on Sunday December 13th. Putting it together could be interesting as we are not allowed to work in the clubhouse, so if you see some of us kneeling in the car park with cardboard and paint, don’t be alarmed. Anyone with artistic/craft skills who’d like to help please get in touch.
  • Christmas Fun Camps for children: Saul is organising these in the week of Christmas. Have a look on the ATA website for details or speak to Saul.

Phew! That’s it folks…


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