Datchworth Tennis Club

Datchworth Tennis Club - Newsletter Mar 2013

Newsletter March 2013

Dear Members,                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Great news, we hope shortly to have our own website before too long. You will receive notification of this when ready.   


SENIOR:   4 out of our 5 Winter Mixed Doubles matches have been played – drawing two and losing two matches. It’s a challenging division for Datchworth, as they have gained promotion two years in succession. It is their first season in competing in the Herts LTA Men’s Vets League over 55’s category.  Played 3 matches; won 2 and drawn the third. The next match was due to be played at home versus Potters Bar on 16 March, due to the weather, now postponed until 27th  April and there then remains two matches to play in April, at home to Bishops Stortford and away at Letchworth. 

With signs of warmer thoughts turn to our teams for the Datchworth Summer League.
If you would like to play friendly competitive tennis this is for you whether you have previously played in this League or not.

It is hoped to enter 3 teams, Malcolm and Debbie will run the first two teams and Dermot has offered to captain the third team. Each team will have a pool of players to select from so no one will be forced to play every match!  This allows for holidays and other commitments. The season consists of 14 matches which take place on Monday evenings from late April to late July [including Bank Holidays]
Full details are available on the League website: www.datchworth.net.

JUNIOR: We are waiting for the weather to improve but hope to arrange some more friendly matches.

Easter is rapidly approaching and Steve will, once again be running his Easter Holiday coaching courses on the Thursday 4th and 11th April. This is an ideal sporting and fitness activity for our Junior members. All abilities welcome.


JUNIOR HOLIDAY COACHING: Names and numbers required in advance. Contact Fran 07902452330 or email  franattrill@gmail.com  or contact Jenny 07903685481


GIRLS ONLY! With Jenny and Fran.  We have racquets and balls for all!

TUESDAY 2ND APRIL 10 -11am Ages 7 - 11years.   


JUNIOR COACHING for all with Steve and Jenny.

for this there will be a charge of £2.50 for the first child; £1.50 for additional children in the family.


10 – 11am -  Ages 7 – 11years;            11 - 12 pm  -  Ages 11+ 


SATURDAY MORNING FAMILY sessions continue as usual. Free to all members and non-members.


WEEKLY COACHING will resume in the week commencing Monday 15th April. Contact Steve Hunt direct 07912075651                                                                                                                 


Here are some important dates in the club calendar. Please make a note of them for future reference.

THURSDAY 18TH APRIL AGM in the Club House 8pm prompt. Wimbledon Ticket draw we have received our quota just   awaiting the final details. To enter the draw you have to be a British Tennis Member, and over 9years old, I will be requesting your number. You will be receiving a separate email about this.


FRIDAY 10th MAY QUIZ NIGHT  Doors open 7.30 for prompt start at 8.00pm. Tickets £7.50 includes Ploughman’s Supper. We are hoping to have a full house so please give us your support and come and enjoy an evening with friends, food and a Quiz to keep you on your toes! If you have a team to bring that’s fine but if it’s only you don’t be deterred – we will see that you are put in a team – everyone is friendly and it is definitely the case of the more the merrier!!

Please email  franattrill@gmail.com  or phone 01438 817797  mob 07902452330 if wishing for Quiz tickets, or if you have any questions. Hoping you will be able to join us.                


       SATURDAY 11TH MAY CLUB OPEN DAY  [TBC] open to all (members and non-members) to promote the club and   play some social  tennis. Further details to follow.      

      6 / 7th JULY WIMBLEDON FINALS ON LARGE SCREEN IN THE Club House. Come along and join us – tea and cakes!



7th JULY & WEEKEND 20 / 21ST JULY CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS DAY  The club tournament will take off shortly and once again Malcolm will be organising the proceedings.  We do need as many entries as possible for this to be a success, the motto being “Play and Enjoy”. Partners for all Doubles will be drawn from the hat, players will be ceded. So all are in with a chance!

Contact Malcolm 07887776215   or email  malcolm.acres@gmail.com Entries should be in by 18th April 2013.


The weather has not treated our courts kindly this Winter and we are looking into having them resurfaced sooner than anticipated. When playing please, when possible, use the court on the far side, it has the better surface, in order to preserve the court nearer the gate.

Expect to see the courts getting good use in the coming months. Enjoy your tennis and your club in 2013 – thank you all for your support.