Winter tennis arrangements

Dear Member,

This is to notify you of the winter tennis arrangments at the club.

1. As from Thursday 21st October the tennis nets will be taken down and the area will be used for junior football training each Thursday and Friday evening during the winter.

2. From the 21st October the floodlights will not be available for use by members for social play during the winter period. They will be working on a timer which is pre-set for the football times (football goes ahead whatever the weather unless there are snow or frost issues). However, it may be coaching continues on Monday for a few more weeks but those who are attending coaching will be contacted about that when it has been fully considered.

3. From the 23rd October it is intended to put up two tennis nets on a Saturday morning (weather permitting) and then be taken down on Thursday afternoon. If for any reason the nets are not put up on a Saturday, then members can still get a net out and use the courts. The courts will be available for tennis at weekends and Monday to Thursday when they will be taken down again.

4. Members can still play on a Friday but would have to put a net up and put it away again after they have finished playing. The nets will be stored in the box at the top of the courts.

These arrangements may be reviewed. If there is any change members will be notified.

Note: the reason why the courts are used in this way is because some of the funding for the court area came from the Football Trust and the Sports Club has for over 25 years allowed junior football on the area. In reality, tennis usage drops off considerably durung the winter months and the use by junior football also brings in revenue from the hire charges at a time when the area wouldlikely be stood unused. There is still ample court time available for members.

Mick Mason