Albany News 10th August 2018

by Pat Sharp

Albany retained the Todmorden Shield on Sunday which was this year hosted by Castletown TC.

Albany’s Todmorden Champions 2018 !

We fielded a strong team: Ian Watson (Capt.) Jamie Teare, Sean Drewry and Jim Travers for the men and Laure Feely, Charlotte Clarke, Kirsten Hall and Alison Parker for the women. Sadly, Ramsey couldn’t field a women’s team and as the competition is based on games won, not sets, this made quite a difference to the scores. Albany won 71 games, Castletown 47 and Ramsey 4. The trophy was presented to Ian by Richard Kerr of Castletown. David Wilkinson did a great job keeping all the scores up to date. Thanks to Castletown for their hospitality and next year this event which was first played for in 1972, will be played at Ramsey.





With children off school for the summer may I please remind parents that children who are Mini Tennis members and juniors under 13 yrs old must not be left playing at the club unattended by an adult.

The Children of Chernobyl with HE Lieutenant Governor Richard Gozeny


Some of us attended the Farewell Party for the Children of Chernobyl at the Legion Club last Wednesday and had a great time. The 16 children sang various songs – their English is quite good, we had a supper of curry or sausage and beef burgers and chips – ideal for children before they return to the austerity of Belarus. They have all had a fantastic month’s holiday and returned home on Sunday. Albany Friday Ladies and Ian and his coaching assistants have all agreed to welcome them to the club next year. If any members wish to be involved, please let me ( or Jan Gaskill ( know.

Privacy Policy


Processing your personal information

If you give us personal information, such as your name, contact details and date of birth (for example to process an application or provide you with access to an Albany service) then this will be held and processed by Albany in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations 2016. We may also need to transfer some of your personal information to third parties relating to the operation of and payment for the indoor court booking system.

Use of your personal information

Albany may use your personal information for the following purposes:

  • To perform the services you have requested (such as providing you with the benefits of club membership or providing you with information you have asked for) which may involve contacting you by post, e-mail or telephone.
  • To allow Albany to administer the  tennis club, for instance by organising tournaments and issuing coach licences.
  • To make parts of the website easier for you to use by not making you enter your personal information more than once.
  • To operate the indoor court online booking system, including the payment facility.
  • To send you newsletters and other information pertinent to your membership of the club.
  • The reasonable purposes of Albany, acting always within the General Data Protection Regulations 2016.

We may also use your information for detection of fraud and market research purposes.

Sensitive personal information

Sometimes the club will collect and process so-called sensitive personal data relating to you.

Ethnicity data

If collected from you, this will be used to identify and keep under review equality of opportunity within Albany, and (anonymously) for statistical and reporting purposes.

Disability data

If collected from you, this will be used to identify and keep under review equality of opportunity within Albany, and (anonymously) for statistical and reporting purposes.

Medical data

If collected from you, this will be shared with coaches and club committee members with the sole purpose of awareness so as to be able to respond more effectively in the event of your medical condition requiring attention at club premises.


Information may be sent to your computer in the form of an Internet “cookie” to allow the club’s servers to monitor your requirements. The cookie is stored on your computer. Our server may request that your computer return a cookie to it. These return cookies do not contain any information supplied by you or any personally identifiable information about you.

Such measures are necessary to allow us to measure the usability of the systems, which will help in its continuing development to ensure that we understand the requirements of club members. Your browser software should however enable you to block cookies if you wish to.


By submitting your personal information to us, and by signing the form included with your membership application/renewal form, you signify your consent to our using the information provided in the manner described above. If we amend our privacy policy, it will be published on this web site. If at any time you wish to update the information which we hold about you, or if you wish to stop receiving information from Albany, please contact

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DEADLINE:  23rd February!

CLICK HERE to Opt In for the Ballot for Wimbledon 2018 Tickets, and choose “BTM Affiliate”.

ALL members aged 9 and over are eligible.

Reasons for opting in:

  1. You CANNOT get Wimbledon tickets if you have not opted in
  2. Wimbledon tickets are won in pairs, and are the same tickets regardless of whether a Mini, a Junior or a Senior opts in
  3. Even if you have no intention of going to Wimbledon PLEASE STILL OPT IN – the more Albany members that opt in, the more Wimbledon tickets we will be allocated overall.
  4. Opting in creates NO commitment or obligation to go to Wimbledon or to purchase any tickets.

Please make sure that you have Albany Lawn Tennis Club listed as your venue (see similar screenshot below).  Failure to affiliate yourself to a venue this means that you may not be eligible for entry into the ballot.


Conditions for being entered into the ballot:

  • You are an Adult (18+) or Junior (9-17) active ‘Affiliated’ BTM
  • Your venue(s) are linked to your BTM record (similar to screenshot above)
  • You have opted in to the Wimbledon Ballot

If you are an existing BTM then you need to ensure that you meet the above criteria by no later than 17 February 2017.   If you are not currently a BTM then please join – it is FREE!


IOMLTA End of Season Dinner


 The Isle of Man LTA Annual Dinner & Prize Presentation will be held at the Douglas Golf Club on Friday 21 October starting at 7.30pm. The two course meal is £16.25. If you would like to attend please let Pat Sharp know by 6 October with your payment (chqs payable to IOMLTA) which can be left in the white post box in the Clubhouse.

Thank you all for your contributions to the Leagues this year.  It would be lovely to see some of you at the presentation dinner.  We do have  a trophy to collect – Men’s B Team in Division 2 of the Summer Leagues and we should hopefully know the outcome of the Summer Mixed League Division 1, where Albany A are up against Castletown A!

Kind Regards


Booking Instructions

courtbookingsball-trans!!NEW BOOKING SYSTEM!!!

We now use an external company to host our indoor court booking system for us.  ClubNet is based in Britain and has over 100 sports club clients for its court booking package.  Click on the link above to be taken to the ClubNet booking system.


To logon, follow the instructions sent to you in the Sept 2016 Newsletter (these are also printed and posted on the noticeboard in the club house).  YOU MUST change your password when you have logged on for the first time.

To change your password, click on ‘My Menu’ and then on ‘Password’.  You will then be prompted to enter your current password and then your new password (twice).  Your new password must be at least eight characters long and must contain at least one letter and at least one number.


Bookings will only be made in the system when payment is confirmed.  Should you need to cancel a booking, you will be refunded automatically when you cancel, provided you cancel with at least 48 hours’ notice.  please contact a committee member if you need to cancel with less than 48 hours’ notice, and wish to claim a refund.  Such refunds are at the committee’s discretion.


The system works rather like London Transport’s Oyster Card, for those who know it.  All users of the system are asked to complete an online Direct Debit form.  this is used to put the first funds into your ClubNet account, and will be used to automatically top up your ClubNet account as you use it for court bookings.  You have control over how much you put in to start with, the level at which the auto-top up happens and how much the auto-top up is.

For example, you might wish to put £50 on to your account with an auto-top up level of £10.  This means that you will be able to make 4 x 1 hour court bookings using the £50 you’ve put on, which will reduce your balance to £10.  The auto-top up will recognise that you have reached your lower limit and top up your account back to £50 (or whatever figure you have set).  This way you will always have funds ready on ClubNet to make the booking, and there is no need for credit cards or PayPal which attract fees.  At ANY time you can close down the account and get any balance fully refunded to you.



To set up your Direct Debit:

Click on ‘My Menu’ and then ‘My Account’.

To set up your online Direct Debit:

* set the maximum amount you want to spend on booking the indoor court in a year.  This can be changed later anyway, but I suggest putting a reasonably high number here – it is not a number you are obliged to pay, it is simply a control device to stop people spending too much inadvertently

* set the the Top Up Amount, which is the amount that will be added into your account each time the system automatically tops up for you

* set the level at which you want the auto-top up to kick in.  This can be zero, but £10 is suggested for your convenience.  You can choose to change all these settings to zero later and choose a manual top up instead if you prefer

You will then be taken to a Direct Debit page to complete your banking details for the payments.

Once all this is done, you will not have to do it again.

To make a booking:

* click on the calendar date that you wish to make the booking for

* click on ‘Duration’ in the top menu to choose the length of booking that you require (60, 90 or 120 minutes)

* scroll left and right to find the time of day you need (using Earlier and Later buttons if necessary)

* click on your desired time

You will be asked to confirm the booking and who you wish to play with – all eligible members are in the system and so you should be able to find them.  Only one name is needed, so if you are playing doubles you don’t need to name all four.  Type the surname first.  If you are playing with a non-member, please insert their name here and tick the Guest box.  This name must also be entered in the Guest Book at the club.

Thereafter, you can click on ‘My Account’ (in ‘My Menu’) to see the bookings you’ve made and any cancellations.  Here you can also alter your top up amounts, etc.

As before, the booking of the indoor court is available to Senior, Young Adult and Parent Associate members.  Other member categories will not be able to log on.