by Pat Sharp
Firstly, some dates for your diary. The Annual Quiz Night will be held at the club on Friday 23rd March starting at 7pm. The usual fish or sausage and chip suppers will be on offer. We will be holding a raffle so donations of chocolates, wine etc. would be welcomed.
Our Friday Ladies all enjoy their tennis but also keep busy with social events. The Summer Lunch will be held this year on Friday 15th June in the club lounge. On Friday 6th July they will be holding the popular Strawberry Coffee Morning with the money raised being donated to Manx Breast Cancer Support Group. The usual Harvest Lunch is planned for Friday 12th October. More details of all these events will follow nearer the time, but please try to support at least one event.
The first junior event of the season will be the Nedgroup OPEN Junior tournament. This will be held from 17th to 24th March. Entry forms will be available next week and we are looking for good entry numbers in all age groups. This is OPEN to all island junior players and visitors. So, if your cousin in Bootle plays invite them over!
Talking of juniors some of our youngsters have been away in half-term training or competing. One is Charlotte Clarke (12) who is training 6hrs a day in Tenerife at a Spanish tennis school. Can’t think of a better way to hone your skills than Spanish coaching – maybe with Rafa Nadal!! – would be nice (for me anyway!). Charlotte wishes to embark on tennis as her career and this requires a lot of trips to the UK to gain the ranking points needed to gain entry to National events. To help with this, some generous companies and individuals are offering her sponsorship and once her programme is planned I can give more details. It doesn’t really need saying but Charlotte, her parents and coach are extremely grateful for this offer of support. Tennis is a difficult sport to pursue as a career when living on the island as almost all competition must be off island, but she is determined so I wish her luck.
Our club coach, Ian Watson is also looking for some sponsorship with the idea of taking an Albany Junior squad away to a tournament so if anyone is interested in helping please contact me or Ian for more details.
The club has a quantity of used balls for sale – they are well worn, probably have a nice “scent” and are ideal for dogs. A bag of 20 costs £5 – ring 861497 to arrange collection or delivery. Or you could rinse them in the washing machine and they would be ideal for children
Reminder to all members – your membership is due for renewal on 31st March 2018 – renewal before that date will qualify you for a discount. All renewal forms will be in named envelopes in a box in the club room in 2 weeks time. Prompt renewal will help our membership secretary, Jan Gaskill.