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The 2020 Covid 19 pandemic has had a drastic effect on sport this year, meaning that for tennis there have been no league matches or club tournaments and until May very little opportunity to play, however with careful obedience to the rules, we were able to hold our annual Unders v Overs event on Bank Holiday Monday, 31st August.

The sun shone and the tennis was hard fought but great fun with the Unders yet again winning by a comfortable margin, with a total of 54 games to 29.   The afternoon was rounded off by a delicious tea provided by various participating players (see pictures with a lot of actions from the day here).

There will be some more fun tournaments organised in the not to distant future, so it will be good to hopefully see a lot more familiar faces back on court.

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.

Just a reminder courts closed today and tomorrow as the path that runs along back of Courts is being tarmacked. ... See MoreSee Less

Rita having a go at Chair Tennis in part of our inclusive programme at the club managing an impressive rally score! ... See MoreSee Less

Not something you see every day. ... See MoreSee Less

Not something you see every day.

Fun Adult Mixed Doubles event on Saturday. Well done to Guy and Katie who won the event. ... See MoreSee Less

Fun Adult Mixed Doubles event on Saturday. Well done to Guy and Katie who won the event.

Well Done to All players who took part in the Junior Club Championships today. Conventional pose and fun Pose below. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Lovely afternoon of some really good tennis - parent reward for all the winter evenings. Well done all!

It was great! Thanks so much Stephen for all the organisation 🎾👍🏻.

Junior Club Tennis Championships this sunday 20th September. This is free for members. Please let me know if your son/daughter would like to play. I will organise players into age groups 8&under, 10&under will run from 10am-12.30pm. 11&over will run from 1pm-4pm. Spectators to be kept to a minimum. Clubhouse can only be used for toilet. Medal presentation will be outside observing social distancing. Thanks Stephen head coach 07904061301 ... See MoreSee Less

Air Ambulance Fly by and take off this afternoon. ... See MoreSee Less

Please see links below for Junior Tennis Camps at Cheddar LTC

Summer Holiday Courses

tinyurl.com/yxr5le58

Places are limited to 10 so please sign up early.

Thanks

Stephen

PS Any Adults that want to get fit after lock down try Cardio Tennis on Wednesday & Friday Evening. Great fun and suitable for all levels of player. Click on link below and select Adult

tinyurl.com/y56umqg7
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Please see links below for Junior Tennis Camps at Cheddar LTC

Summer Holiday Courses

https://tinyurl.com/yxr5le58

Places are limited to 10 so please sign up early.

Thanks

Stephen

PS Any Adults that want to get fit after lock down try Cardio Tennis on Wednesday & Friday Evening. Great fun and suitable for all levels of player. Click on link below and select Adult

https://tinyurl.com/y56umqg7

Tennis for Kids Courses, Great for new Players Get a Racket, Balls, & Personalised T-Shirt & 6 Lessons for £25 plus postage

tennisforkids.uk/chedd3

Places are limited to 10 so please sign up early.
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Tennis for Kids Courses, Great for new Players Get a Racket, Balls, & Personalised T-Shirt & 6 Lessons for £25 plus postage

http://tennisforkids.uk/chedd3

Places are limited to 10 so please sign up early.

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Ali Saull Suzanne Bell Joanna Packer Michelle Bird if anyone wants to do I will sign cam up for any time after 16th August

Hi All, stephen our coach is in the process of putting together some friendly internal box matches for Adults and Juniors. Around 6 players in a Box (ie 5 matches to play) ability and standard will be similar.

Please email stephen if you would like to take part and indicate if you would like to play doubles singles or both and your preferred partner (if you do not have a partner for doubles I will try to find you one). Your doubles partner may be a family member.

Once Stephen know’s who is interested He will set this up and it will be up to players to book a court and organise their own matches.

Thanks

Stephen, Head Coach 07904061301
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Jacques Tennis SeminarsAll in....great focus exercise promoting repetition without repetition. The idea is to see how many shots it takes you to hit all 6 targets.This can also be done further away where you can make grip changes based on different shot selections. For example hit a forehand drive with a forehand grip followed by a drop shot with a chopper grip. Join the EKT Challenge Tour for more challenges ... See MoreSee Less

Nice bit of footwork training

Portsmouth Tennis Centre
HOME TENNIS WORKOUT! 🎾 For each exercise do 30 seconds of work, followed by 30 seconds rest. Repeat each exercise 3 times for a 12 minute workout. Good luck 😄
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Following the government’s advice The Commitee have made the decision to close the courts from today and for all coaching to halt for the foreseeable future (A new lock has been placed on the gate). Stay health, stay safe see you on the other side 😔 ... See MoreSee Less

Following the government’s advice The Commitee have made the decision to close the courts from today and for all coaching to halt for the foreseeable future (A new lock has been placed on the gate). Stay health, stay safe see you on the other side 😔

Junior Night will be running tonight at 5.30pm children will be asked to wash their hands on arrival to the club. Thanks stephen ... See MoreSee Less

Dear Members

The club is currently keeping a close eye on the news and any updates from the government on their recommended course of action in response to COVID -19.

At present the plan to is to remain ‘Open as Usual’ and the coaching programme will continue. As a small outdoor club there is rarely a large gathering of people. It is possible to play tennis and maintain a distance for other players.

At all times, the club aim to implement high levels of hygiene. We are encouraging all Club users and visitors to wash their hands thoroughly whilst in the facility, and at regular times throughout the day. In addition to this the club will be introducing the following measures:

Hand sanitiser is available in the clubhouse.

Blue roll will be available to dry hands.

Cups will be removed from the clubhouse and players will need to bring their own water bottles to fill up.

If possible players should bring their own racket. If players need to borrow a racket the handle will be disinfected after use by the club coach.

Where possible only one adult to attend with their child (we understand this is not always possible with sibling but would be greatly appreciated)

Doors and handles will be sprayed with disinfectant spray on a regular basis.

We ask that you do not come Cheddar Tennis Club if you have a fever and/or cough.

Please do not come to Cheddar Tennis club if you or anyone living with you has any of these symptoms.

LTA juniors tournaments have been cancelled until 20th April as these present a large gathering of people.

At the end of matches players are encouraged to tap rackets/elbow tap instead of shaking hands.

If you have any further questions or concerns at this time, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kind Regards

Stephen Pearce
Head Coach
07904061301
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Glad Joseph can still play tennis and can keep active. Thank you!

Junior night will be on tonight 5.30-7pm. It will not be on next week due to half term. Resumes again 27th Feb. Thanks stephen ... See MoreSee Less

Please remember to opt in on the LTA website using your login to be eligible for Wimbledon tickets. ... See MoreSee Less

Junior Night likely to be inside club house tonight with table tennis and board games due to weather ... See MoreSee Less

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