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On a beautiful Spring afternoon past and present members of Cheddar Tennis Club gathered to celebrate the official opening of the newly carpeted Match Play 2 courts at Sharpham Road.

After introductory remarks from the club’s new chairman Sarah Strawbridge, Cheddar Parish Council’s chairman Peter Colton was invited to cut the ribbon. On behalf of the Council he congratulated the thriving club on its continued progressive and forward-thinking approach in keeping the facilities up to date and commented that the new courts are a real asset for the club going in to the future.

All those present were then invited to try out the new surface and all four courts buzzed with friendly play and positive comments as some competitive matches ensued.

Tea and cake were then taken in the clubhouse rounding off a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

The club will be holding open days on Sundays 12th May and 7th July for anyone interested in trying out the new courts.

Jennie Colton, who was the first winner of the award at its inception in 2007, retires after five years as chair and 25 years as secretary at the club.

In that time, she has been involved with the move from the Barrows Road courts to the Sharpham Road facilities, the erection of a new clubhouse and installation of new carpeted courts.

Members are delighted that she has agreed to continue to serve on the committee in a general capacity.

Club president Joan May said: “Her dedication, commitment and passion for the club has been truly amazing.”

The club held a successful fund-raising event, featuring a Thai supper and live music from the Funky Dillies, with Colton receiving a commemorative photo book covering her many years of involvement as player and committee member.

Local firm CRS Building Supplies Ltd of Cheddar have kindly supplied wood for coat hooks and benches to enhance the beautiful newly carpeted courts at Cheddar Tennis Club.
The new furniture which was generously made by a local carpenter were unveiled on a sunny winter’s afternoon when Steve Nicholls (seated) from CRS joined members for a fun afternoon of tennis and refreshments.

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.

LTA Junior Tournament running this sunday at cheddar 9am-8pm all courts in use. ... See MoreSee Less

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2-5pm this Sunday

Well done to all the junior tennis players that took part in the club championships this weekend ... See MoreSee Less

Well done to all the junior tennis players that took part in the club championships this weekendImage attachment

Busy Weekend of Club Finals. Photo below of the Junior 11&over event. Well done to Lucas for winning this event, Ben was runner-up. Sarah should be commended for cooking some fantastic sausages to keep the spectators full! ... See MoreSee Less

Busy Weekend of Club Finals. Photo below of the Junior 11&over event. Well done to Lucas for winning this event, Ben was runner-up. Sarah should be commended for cooking some fantastic sausages to keep the spectators full!

 

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Well done to everyone.

It was a great day, thanks Stephen and Sarah!

Junior Night back on tonight at 5.30-7pm for children 9&over ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Cheddar player Ben Marks, who won his first LTA junior tournament today on home turf! Champion Effort! Ben is pictured in White. ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Cheddar player Ben Marks, who won his first LTA junior tournament today on home turf! Champion Effort! Ben is pictured in White.Image attachment

 

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Well done, Ben!

Please be aware 3 courts will be in use for an lta junior tournament today 10-1.30pm ... See MoreSee Less

Lovely group of Children today who have completed the tennis for kids course. #tennisforkids I have 2 more courses running in the next two weeks still spaces available but they are filling up fast. Great opportunity to get your child into tennis and get a racket, balls, personalised t-shirt and 6 lessons for £25 plus postage
tennisforkids.uk/CheddarLawnTennisClub

Summer holiday camps bookings also available 10am-12.30pm for players 10&under

Week 2
clubspark.lta.org.uk/CheddarLawnTennisClub/Coaching/Camp/3e8c6597-85f3-4e9e-956b-f82bcf1e7e02

Week 3
clubspark.lta.org.uk/CheddarLawnTennisClub/Coaching/Camp/89de240f-cf0d-4806-a132-161d67dc2d47

Contact me if any questions stephen 07904061301
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Lovely group of Children today who have completed the tennis for kids course. #tennisforkids I have 2 more courses running in the next two weeks still spaces available but they are filling up fast. Great opportunity to get your child into tennis and get a racket, balls, personalised t-shirt and 6 lessons for £25 plus postage 
http://tennisforkids.uk/CheddarLawnTennisClub

Summer holiday camps bookings also available 10am-12.30pm for players 10&under

Week 2
https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/CheddarLawnTennisClub/Coaching/Camp/3e8c6597-85f3-4e9e-956b-f82bcf1e7e02

Week 3
https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/CheddarLawnTennisClub/Coaching/Camp/89de240f-cf0d-4806-a132-161d67dc2d47

Contact me if any questions stephen 07904061301

 

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Hi All, please be aware all courts in use this sunday 10am-1pm and three courts in use 1-4.30pm sunday. LTA junior tournament ... See MoreSee Less

Happy 40th Birthday to coach Stephen Pearce ... See MoreSee Less

Happy 40th Birthday to coach Stephen Pearce

 

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Happy Birthday Stephen , have a great summer 👊

Happy birthday coach! 🍾🎂🍻

Happy birthday Steven!

Happy 40th birthday Stephen. 🛍🎂🍺🎁🍰

Happy Birthday! Giggles and I would have sung at you today if we'd known! 😆🙉

Happy birthday!!!!

Happy birthday🎂🍺

HB Steve, enjoy responsibly, Cheers

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday! 🎂 🍻

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Club BBQ for Club Members their friends and Family. Book the tickets here buytickets.at/cheddartennisclub/282435 ... See MoreSee Less

Club BBQ for Club Members their friends and Family. Book the tickets here http://buytickets.at/cheddartennisclub/282435

Pizza night tomorrow 5.30-7pm for juniors. Please bring £1 if you would like pizza. This will be the last junior night of the term. ... See MoreSee Less

Fun day of Parent and Child Doubles today. Well done to Ellie and Liz for winning the Yellowball event and Harry and Iain for winning the Mini tennis event. ... See MoreSee Less

Fun day of Parent and Child Doubles today. Well done to Ellie and Liz for winning the Yellowball event and Harry and Iain for winning the Mini tennis event.

Junior Summer Holiday Camps Signup now receive a multiple day discount for doing 5 days ... See MoreSee Less

Junior Summer Holiday Camps Signup now receive a multiple day discount for doing 5 days

Let me know if interested Stephen ... See MoreSee Less

Let me know if interested Stephen

Members please be aware All Courts in use from 11am-1.30pm tomorrow for lta junior tournament. ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to all the entrants of the cluster School tennis competition. A few more photo’s for Parents. Thank you Dae for taking. Only a few places left on Tennis for kids courses clubspark.lta.org.uk/CheddarLawnTennisClub/Coaching ... See MoreSee Less

Fun morning of Tennis today with parent/grandparent and child tennis tournament. Well done to Harley and his Grandma on winning the event. #Quornfamilytenniscup #britishtennis ... See MoreSee Less

Fun morning of Tennis today with parent/grandparent and child tennis tournament. Well done to Harley and his Grandma on winning the event. #Quornfamilytenniscup #britishtennis

 

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Congratulations , well done!🎉

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