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by Pat Sharp (20 February 2019)

Members are reminded that memberships fall due for renewal on 31 March 2019. Renewal forms will be left in the clubhouse for you to collect and thereby save the club a lot of postage cost. When completed you can leave the form with payment in the white post box. If you do a bank transfer PLEASE complete the form and return to Jan Gaskill, our hardworking membership secretary. Quite often there is a bank-transfer but she has no contact information.

Will members taking a guest to the club to play please put the guests name on the list – this is a club rule and is necessary for them to be covered by our insurance.

Your committee will be holding it’s next meeting in March – if you have any subject you wish to have discussed please contact the Chairman, David Long and it will be added to the agenda. We will be planning future events competitions, club development etc.

We have several juniors away during half-term playing in UK events. Hopefully I will have their results for next week.

Tomorrow (Friday) is one of our annual big fund-raisers- A Night at the Races– without them your fees would be higher as maintaining club facilities is not cheap. “Thank you” to all those who have sponsored races, owners, trainers and jockeys and all who will l be there I hope you have a great time. Supper will be at 7pm so please be on time.

Junior club coaching re-starts next week – check the details on the club’s very informative website and facebook. Also to enter the Nedgroup Junior tournament – 2 – 6 March – you have to do so on-line – no entry forms anymore. The link is ….

To enter any event you have to have a BTM number – this is free and the link is: 


Congratulations to Charlotte Clarke – Young Person of the Year, Ian Watson – Coach of the Year and Jackie Russell – Volunteer of the Year,  all nominated and winners in the County British Tennis Awards 2018. 

Charlotte and Ian now go on to the Regional Awards – we wish them the best of luck. 

Here are the winners, alongside the Club Members who nominated them for the Awards, and a few of the words that were said about Charlotte and Ian:

“Charlotte has made a significant impact on tennis on the Isle of Man in the past 12 months.

Her successes on court have attracted a good amount of media attention during the year. This was at its peak when she won the Road to Wimbledon event at the All England Club during the summer 2018.”

“There is never a moment on court when Ian isn’t giving it his all, putting all his energy into whoever he is coaching, whether it is an individual lesson or a session with 15 other people.  He makes sure everyone has learnt something and comes off court feeling like they have achieved something.”


By Pat Sharp – 6 February 2019

The presentation of Isle of Man County British Tennis Awards to Charlotte Clarke (Young Player of the Year) Ian Watson (Coach of the Year) and Jackie Russell (Volunteer of the Year) is scheduled for this Saturday at 2pm at the club. The three nominations have now gone forward to the Regional section – fingers crossed we get a winner there as well. They deserve it.

The new Albany Auxesia shirts in all junior sizes from age 5 to 13, are available for purchase for just £10. I will have them displayed on Saturday at the Mini Tennis Red sessions. Older juniors can contact me on 861497 or e-mail and I’ll arrange for them to be available.

Only two weeks to our annual Night at the Races and I’m hoping all members who have a Race sheet will return it to me BEFORE the night so that we are able to set up all prize money in advance. Supper orders need to be with Kirsten by 20th please.

Club Captain, Jackie Russell needs to know how many members are interested in playing in the IOMLTA Men’s or Women’s leagues, so that she can decide how many teams Albany enters. If you want to play,please contact her by e-mail  

Summer Leagues 2019

I hope you have all enjoyed the Winter break from League matches. It will soon be time to start thinking about the Summer Leagues 2019. It would be good to get four men’s teams and two women’s teams out again. I believe we have the committed players to do so.

The matches are due to take place from the beginning of April through to July 2019.

Could you please e-mail me or message me, to confirm your willingness and availability to play in the Summer League 2019 –

I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks.

Jackie Russell

WK DALE CUP presented 28 November 2018

The WK Dale Cup was donated to the Club by Ken Dale in 1966, when he was Treasurer, with the purpose of rewarding annually, the Club member who the Committee thought had put in hard work on behalf of the Club, both on and off court.  Ken realised that in developing the Ballaughton site, members would be busy for many years off court, whilst still taking part on court.

At the end of last year, the Cup was presented to Clare Skelcher.  Clare has worked hard for the Club over the last 8 years, as a Committee member and Welfare Officer.  She has managed this alongside her family responsibilities and a full time job!  She has always helped out when she can, and has been a great ambassador of the Club, particularly at Club Sessions.  She has helped out in working parties countless times and has been a stalwart league team member.  She has been a Quiz Night winner (on more than one occasion) and a Quiz organiser, as well as an interior designer.  Clare has been a really valuable Committee member – always the voice of reason in meetings and always making sure that discussions are centred around the best interests of the members.  Furthermore, Clare agreed to take on the Child Protection (now Welfare) Officer role, when the LTA insisted the Club had someone in the role.  Many congratulations go to Clare!

ALBANY NEWS 29 January 2019

by Pat Sharp

Albany’s Friday Morning Ladies held their AGM last Friday and reported another successful year. 16 members attended and volunteers were sort to run their various events for 2019. They have planned nine special days some of which will be fund raisers for charity. In 2018 they raised £395 shared between five different charities. Some events this year will just be for fun and all Albany female members are welcome to join them each Friday between 10am and 12noon. They have full use of the indoor court for that time so don’t be put off by the weather. There are always coffee breaks and often homemade cakes to sample. The first event of this year will be, after tennis on 15 February, lunch in Ramsey and tenpin bowling.

Congratulations to our club Coach, Ian Watson who has been nominated in the British Tennis Awards as 2018 Coach of the Year. Also nominated is Charlotte Clarke as the 2018 Young Person of the Year. Winning the Girls Road to Wimbledon event last year was such a great achievement for her and Ian as her coach. They now go forward to the Regional Awards selection. Also nominated is our Club Captain Jackie Russell as 2018 Volunteer of the Year. A presentation will be made to them at the club on Saturday 9 February at 2pm.

The next club event is the big one – Race Night – and we would like all members and friends who intend joining us to contact to order their supper. Entry fee, fish & chips plus soft drink/tea or coffee is £10 and sausage & chips etc is £8. Start time from 7pm with the first race at 7.30pm. Race sheets are already in circulation with some members but if anyone wishes to have a sheet and find sponsors for owners (£5), trainers(£3) or jockeys (£2) please contact me on .Winners on each race win four times their stake. The whole evening is co-ordinated by John Morrison of Morrison Photos Ltd and great fun. There will also be a raffle. The committee look forward to seeing you.

The club’s committee have various ideas for adding to the current facilities but these will obviously need funding. If any member has an idea for a new event or is willing to assist us, please let a committee member know. Maybe our juniors can run an event. In the early 1990s when we were planning the indoor court, the then juniors did various things – sponsored walk, 24hr tennis, raffles and tournaments, measure the speed of your serve – and raised £8,000!!!.  Maybe the current juniors would like to organise a Senior Mini Tennis competition. Any ideas let me know and I’ll bring it up at the next committee meeting.


by Pat Sharp

18 January 2019

On Wednesday the club hosted the annual Sponsors lunch and 35 sponsors, Life members, Vice Presidents and committee enjoyed an excellent lunch, organised by membership Secretary Jan Gaskill provided by members of the Friday Morning Ladies group. Thanks to Fran Shacklock, Linda Stamp and Sharon Lane. All our guests said what a lovely meal and many went up for “seconds”. Club President, Bryan Sharp – a Life Member – welcomed everyone and mentioned the various successes the club had achieved during the past year. This included the success of Charlotte Clarke in winning the Road to Wimbledon Girls 14 & under, making Island tennis history and Roch Mirski reaching the semi-final of the boys event. He thanked all the sponsors for their continued support. He stressed that sponsorship is vital for the club, island tennis and indeed most island sports. Following the meal, Club Chairman, David Long, thanked everyone involved in organising the event and all the guests.

Charlotte Clarke, still only 13, has been accepted in to a Girls 16 & under Grade 3 event at Birchwood this weekend. This is a big step up in her planned schedule. Good Luck CC!

The next event at the club will be A Night at the Races on Friday 22 February. This is usually well supported and a big fund raiser. Suppers will be ordered from The Terrace Chippy and members and friends can order their supper – fish & chips £10 two sausages & chips £8 the price includes a soft drink, tea or coffee – by contacting Kirsten on e-mail Race sheets are now available from me – e-mail

Currently, we have a large quantity of used tennis balls for sale – a bag of 20 is just £5. They are ideal for dogs or if you rinse them in the washing machine children can make good use of them. Contact me 861497 if you want some.

Albany News 10th January 2019

by Pat Sharp

Next Wednesday the club will be hosting a Sponsors Lunch to say Thank you to all companies and individuals who support the club. These days sponsorship is vital for sports clubs to provide the services required and Albany LTC shows their appreciation with this lunch. Also invited are Life members, V President, the committee and the press. In fact, for all who give of time or money to make the club as successful as it is. I do hope all our members appreciate this and use the companies involved when looking for a service. Lunch is provided by the Friday Morning Ladies group with Jan Gaskill doing a marathon task co-ordinating everything.

A date for your diary – Friday 22 February at 7.30pm – Albany’s Night at the Races, which will be in the capable hands of John Morrison of Morrison Photos Ltd. This is always a fun night with most people making a small profit. You will be able to order a fish & chips (£10) or sausage and chips (£8) supper price includes a soft drink or tea or coffee. Anything else is bring your own and take the empties away. There will be a raffle donated good prizes will be welcome. We require sponsors for each race and race sheets and booking details will be sent to all members next week. Our lounge has a seating limit of 54 people so book your places early.

Would parent members and associate members be interested in playing on the outdoor courts on Saturday afternoons with their children? The coaching that is on from 12 – 2pm plus some county coaching only uses the indoor court so if the weather is good the three outside courts are free. Just remember the club rule that any child under 13yrs old must have an adult with them. If your child isn’t involved in the indoor court why not have a game with them.