Captain’s Dinner 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011 9:52

Cheers and good health from the Avenue Tennis Club, Men’s Captain’s wife, Mel Belfield during the club’s annual dinner for members and friends.  Captains Richard Belfield and Lynn O’Dell both organised a great event and thanked Mike Wooley and Tim Deane who performed some great acoustic music during the evening, the Party People for the food and service and everyone on the evening for coming.  Richard made a special thanks to retiring Treasurer Richard Powell who has worked tirelessly managing the affairs of the club for a long time, together with special thanks to club ladies Poo Jenkins and Julie Cameron for all the help they gave Lynn during the day.

Head Coach Vinny Duddy said the new adult membership deal has been very successful encouraging 8 new players down to the club.  He said it was really nice to see some new faces at the club and was really pleased with how successful the offer has been; he wanted to remind everyone that it was running all through the rest of this year.  Included in the membership offer are 10 FREE tennis lessons on a Saturday afternoon from 2:00 till 3:30 and all for a cost of £50. Membership of the club allows players free use of the courts, access to an excellent club house with superb facilities (including wi-fi and a large screen), a competitively priced and extensively stocked bar, access to reduced coaching rates, reduced room hire rates and to be part of Community based club that organises several social events throughout the year, as well as internal club tournaments and social play mornings and evenings.  

Duddy and Craig Phillips also attended Burnham Infants School on Monday and Tuesday where they taught the teachers and their assistants, with the help of Year 1 and 2 children some tennis games that they could do with the children in their indoor hall with the FREE tennis equipment that they had received from the LTA and Tennis Foundation.  Duddy hoped that it would encourage the teachers to provide some tennis at the school which in turn might encourage them to have some more focused training at the Avenue where Junior Coaching is available every night of the week (members £3.75 or non members £4.25 per session).  Duddy and Phillips are also attending Berrow Infants next week and have offered to do the same at some of the other schools in Burnham.

The club will be holding another Social Sunday Mixed Doubles Tournament on Sunday 20th Nov in memory of Jan Mackay a former member at the club; all are welcome to attend and play with play scheduled to begin around 11:00 and complete around 1:00 with the bar open for refreshment afterwards – see website –

Duddy will also be running a Mini Red (11:00 till 1:00), a Mini Orange (1:00 till 3:00) and a Green Ball Tournament on Sunday 27th Nov; anyone wishing to play should contact him at the club.

The club’s Annual Xmas Lunch will be held on Sunday 4th Dec (12:30 for 1:00pm); everyone is reminded to book up early for this event using the list on the club’s notice board.

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