Work has now been completed to install the new courts and they are ready to play on. At present there is a fair amount of sand on the surface, this will disappear into the carpet structure once it is dry and the courts are played on. It could take 3 months for the surface to properly settle, but will be a good playing surface long before that. First impressions have been very positive despite the sand and members have said that they find them easier on knees and ankles etc. Hopefully everyone will go and try them out, it has been a major expense for the club, and hopefully one that will become a real asset for the club going into the future.
Cheddar Tennis Club will be having their courts resurfaced with Matchplay 2 in the coming weeks. Below is a summary of what Matchplay 2 is and its advantages as a playing surface.
Matchplay2 is an artificial surface, but it is quite different to the ‘astro’ surface that a lot of other clubs have. Instead of having a pile it is more like a woven carpet. This means that there is less sand, consequently there is much better grip and maintenance is less, it is also porous and drains better as it doesn’t have a backing material. The surface is literally laid on top of our existing courts and held in place with special sand. There are a number of clubs in the area that have now installed this surface which originated in the NE and is claimed to be popular around London. The feedback from these clubs has been very positive, club members have really liked it and it has probably served (excuse the pun) to encourage more court play, they have also found it to be kinder on the joints! Nearly all the committee members, and some others, have been over to Lympsham to play on the surface and have generally liked it. The indications are that the surface is long lasting and would probably outlive a hard court surface. The surface is medium paced and balls tend to bounce a bit lower. Whilst this might not suit all styles of play it is expected that players should be able to adapt to it quite quickly. You may think that all this is going to come at a cost, but it is not much dearer than resurfacing the hard courts with Macadam and because Matchplay2 doesn’t have to be repainted at year 5-7 or pressure cleaned every 2 years it actually works out cheaper over a 10 year period and should last longer in any case.
The awards evening of the Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership was recently held at Somerset County Cricket Club when Cheddar Tennis Club’s head coach Stephen Pearce was runner up in the Participation Coach of the Year category.
Nominations for the award recognised coaches of any sport who show an outstanding contribution to getting more people starting, staying and succeeding in sport through high quality coaching, innovation in delivery and dedication to their chosen sport.
Stephen a popular figure at the club works tirelessly with both adults and children, making his sessions fun as well as instructive and his award, also recognising his association with local schools introducing and encouraging participation in tennis, is justly deserved.
Coaching at the club is available to members and non-members alike with opportunities for children aged 3 years upwards and for adults, rusty rackets, cardio tennis and lady’s beginner and improver sessions are on offer.
In the midst of the summer league season Cheddar Tennis Club enjoyed a social gathering at their annual club barbecue.
Taking advantage of another beautiful summer’s evening members gathered in the delightful setting of the Fontaine’s orchard to enjoy a feast of hog roast followed by a selection of delectable deserts made by club members.
Rounding off a very enjoyable event there was some friendly rivalry as members competed against each other at Tug of War and egg throwing.
On Sunday 8th July Cheddar Tennis Club will be holding an Open day from 10am to 4pm.
Children and adults of all ages are welcome whether beginners, improvers or rusty returners.
This is an opportunity to come and have fun and have a go at playing tennis at a friendly welcoming club. Equipment including rackets will be provided.
Mini tennis will be available for 4 -10 year olds and yellow ball tennis for 11+ and adults.
At 2pm the club’s head coach Stephen Pearce will run a free cardio tennis session for adults and juniors over 16. This is a great way to get fit and improve your tennis skills at the same time.
Reduced subscriptions will be available for new members joining on the day as well as a month’s free trial for adults expressing an interest in joining the club.
So, if you have been inspired by this week’s tennis at Wimbledon, if you are looking to improve your fitness or try out tennis for the first time come along and see what the club has to offer.