Thursday, August 22, 2019 Events, News, Uncategorised No comments

Road to Wimbledon – only the 2nd year that the Island has had players reach the main draw event. Both Jayden Go and Sarah Long gave it their “best shot” but we do have to realise that all other counties are bigger than the Isle of Man and probably have 50 to 100 players under 14yrs, whereas we have at the most 10 who compete. Jayden lost his qtr. final match to the runner-up (Cameron Owen) and in the doubles partnered by Noah Humphreys (Derbyshire) lost the doubles in a very tight match, 4/5 (7) 5/4(3) 10-8. So close to reaching the s/final. Meanwhile Sarah Long had some tough matches as reported last week. However, Sarah partnered by Isabelle Knott (Somerset) won their 1st round match in the girls doubles 6/1 3/6 (10-7) before losing their next match 4/0/40 to Romily Murray (Cum)/Rosie Woodward (N Scotland). Years ago we used to have the Midland Bank Junior Open – held at Onchan Park – which attracted squads and individuals from the UK. One year a teenage Nick Brown won the boys singles. He later went on to play Davis Cup for GB. An event like that would help our juniors immensely. Well done Jayden and Sarah!

Ramsey Town Cup – congratulations to our members who played in the Ramsey Town Cup. Results; Men’s Singles: Sean Drewry bt Adam Pyatt-Coppell 6/1 6/0, Ladies Singles: Charlotte Clarke bt. Aailish Kelly 4/0 4/0; Ladies doubles r/r winners Charlotte Clarke /Aailish Kelly r/up fellow Albany members Jackie Russell and Michaela Duchanova. Sean Drewry playing with his dad, Kevin (Ramsey), won the men’s doubles r/r, with Neri Gricevicius/Jon Gower-Jackson (Ramsey) taking the r/up spot. Aailish Kelly/Richard Simpson (Ramsey) won the Mixed Doubles Good to see Charlotte back on the courts after injury and well done to all the Albany finalists.

League results: we had two good wins last week in the Summer Mixed doubles league with Albany A beating Castletown B 4-2. Our team was Rob Comber/Aailish Kelly and Nerijus Gricevicius/Trish Thomas. Our B team had a very good win beating Castletown D team 6-0. The Albany’s team was Garreth Roome/Kirsten Hall and Tim Davies/Jane Reynolds.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019 News, Uncategorised No comments

Isle of Man Sport would like to invite coaches to a “Celebration of Coaching” at Douglas Golf Club’s Meadows Pavilion on Saturday 7th September at 7:30pm. 

The Isle of Man is blessed with a multitude of committed and passionate people who give so much energy to delivering high quality sports coaching experiences for local residents.  These people are often the unsung heroes of sport and without them sport would not exist as we see it today.  The contribution they give to Manx life plays an integral part in making the Isle of Man such a wonderful place to live.  

It is essential to recognise their efforts as coaches should feel valued and appreciated for all that they do.   The event also aims to share examples of best practice.  Highlighting the coaching initiatives that local clubs and organisations deliver plays an important role in the continuous improvement of coaching on the Isle of Man.   Sharing ideas and experiences helps best practice to reach a wider sports audience, for the betterment of all sport on the Island.

A complimentary supper will be provided and coaches will be entertained by our guest of honour Mr John Mills.  John will share with us some of his experiences and knowledge that have helped shape his coaching journey with particular emphasis on the importance of effective pathways in sport.


Nominations are invited from the general public and in particular sports clubs and organisations for two accolades.  Last year the Accolade for Innovation in Coaching was launched.  It was an opportunity to shout out about the great projects that are helping to transform coaching on the Island.  The Isle of Man Rugby Developing Player Programme scooped the honour last year which showcased a very forward thinking partnership with Premiership Rugby Club, Sale Sharks.  Local rugby coaches were exposed to first class education from the Sale Sharks Academy and helped to develop a pathway for local participants to improve as players and as people.

This year nominations are also sought for an additional honour to recognise the efforts of an individual volunteer coach for the accolade for Excellence in Coaching.  Who is that person in your sport who is the embodiment of coaching best practice?  Who is keeping abreast of the latest developments in coaching and exposing themselves to ongoing personal development so that they can effectively serve the diverse needs of participants in their respective sport?  Who do you know who puts the athlete first and works collaboratively to provide the support they require? 

Nominees for each accolade will be shortlisted and a brief video interview with each will be recorded to play on the evening prior to the recipients being announced and presented with their accolades by our guest John Mills.    

Attached at the bottom of this letter are nomination forms for each Accolade which I would be grateful if you could circulate within your sport.  Anyone can make nominations and the deadline for submission is Monday 26th August 2019.  All shortlisted nominees will be reserved seats for the event.

To book seats for the event please email or call 688590.

I look forward to seeing coaches from your sport in attendance for what promises to be a fantastic evening.  

Kindest regards

Trevor Christian

Sports Coaching Coordinator

Isle of Man Sport


Thursday, August 01, 2019 News No comments

Our Club Coach has arranged some summer camps junior sessions during August.

Mini Red Ball – 13th and 28th August 9.30am – 11.00am (£5 per session)

Orange and Green ball 13th and 28th 11.30am – 1.30pm (cost per session £6)

yellow ball 12th & 27th August 10am – 12 noon (cost per session £6).

Contact to book a place.

Thursday, August 01, 2019 News No comments

Congratulations to Jayden Go and Sarah Long who won this year’s Isle of Man, Road to Wimbledon under 14yrs tournament. They are going to play in the national finals at Wimbledon in the week starting on the 11th August. We wish them luck.

The runners-up Orry Farnworth and Caitlin Henery who will also visit the famous club for coaching.

Thursday, August 01, 2019 News No comments

On Wednesday the club welcomed 18 children who are on a month’s holiday here, under the Children of Chernobyl charity which is extremely well organised by Norman Rivers and his wife Joan. They have been involved with these annual visits for 20 years and give endless time to the arranging travel, host families, holiday activities, medical, eye and dental check-ups.

Sixteen of the children were here last year and there were two new ones. All are aged between 8yrs and 12yrs and live in areas still effected by the fall-out of radiation from the Chernobyl disaster.

Each year a visit to Albany is in their itinerary and it’s already booked for next year.!! Our club coach Ian Watson organised some coaching/game play in the indoor court and was helped by 3 of our juniors – Jayden Go, Orry Farnworth and Ava Austerberry. After 2hrs on court the children were given lunch in the club lounge where Jan Gaskill with the help of Carisa Skehan and Val Simpson prepared and served a buffet lunch for the children, the interpreters, Norman and some of his helpers and hosts. The charities Patron Sir Laurence New also came to watch the children playing and stayed for lunch. The children were given a Manx pen, pencils and felt pens, plus Smarties and an ice lolly. Their departure, as usual, included four rounds of “Thank you very much” which I’m sure could be heard at the Sea Terminal. The IOM Steam packet company have been very supportive of their visit, as have several individuals and organisations – too many to mention everyone but “Thank You” to all the hosts and everyone who help to make their visit so enjoyable and worthwhile. Who knows one of them may end up playing tennis professionally or teaching other children to play tennis. Some previous children have returned to the island as interpreters, others have found good careers. The visits to the island and the activities arranged can open the gates to a better life. The members of Albany Tennis Club are happy to welcome them to the club and be involved in the aims of the charity. Thank you to all involved.

Thursday, August 01, 2019 News No comments

Belated Congratulations from all members who know him, to Ben Cunningham who reached 21 yrs on Tuesday. Ben is a popular member at the club, plays in the league and has helped with the juniors.

We have received several requests for used tennis balls which we sell at £5 per bag of 20.

These are used by people who train dogs, accommodate them at kennels or use with their own dog.

If members have any used tennis balls they wish to dispose of please leave them in the basket in the lobby by the indoor court. It’s a form of fundraising which helps keep the fees down our club is big and expensive to run.

If parents want any juniors to play tennis/have coaching during the school holiday our club coach, Ian Watson has arranged some sessions for all the different ball colours. To book a place contact Ian – ianwatsonpts@manx.  or phone 496293.

Those involved last week with the visit of the Children of Chernobyl really enjoyed being with the 18 children we hosted for tennis and lunch. the farewell party is next Wednesday at the Manx Legion Club at 7.30pm Supper is £3 including a drink and any of our members involved are welcome to go along and give them a warm send-off. If you want to go please let me know by the weekend so as I can book your supper.

Now that Wimbledon is over and some members were lucky enough to win tickets in our club ballot

It might be the right time for all members who are not registered as a British Tennis Member to do the club and themselves a favour and register. It’s free and you can join on the LTA website. If you join by 7th August you will be entered in a competition to win Babolat equipment. Throughout the year there are benefits of tournament tickets, including the Wimbledon ballot and if you want to compete in tournaments you need to have membership.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 News No comments


The annual Equiom Open Junior tournament was concluded on Saturday in fine weather, which is a pleasant change when you are a tournament referee. Charles Crossley from Equiom Group (Europe) Limited, presented the prizes. All age groups were played as Round Robins so all players had a lot of tennis. Every competitor received an Equiom printed T shirt.

Results 8 & under mixed singles:

winner Adi Varshnay with 7 wins (78pts) from 8 matches,  

runner-up Oliver Neagle with 7 wins (73 pts) from 8 matches                                  

3rd Jack Sharples 6 wins (70pts)             4th Tommy Handley 5 wins (65pts)

U12 Boys          winner Orry Farnworth               r/up Greg Kelly

U14 Girls          winner  Sarah Long                   r/up  Ava Austerberry

U14 Boys         winner   Jayden Go                   r/up  Orry Farnworth

U18 Girls          winner  Sarah Long                 r/up  Aailish Kelly

U18 Boys         winner  Jack Christian               r/up   Jayden Go

The club is grateful to Equiom Group (Europe) Limited Ltd for their continued support which will allow the club to run another tournament next year.

The Friday Morning Ladies Strawberry Coffee morning last week raised £142 which will be donated to the Breast Clinic at Nobles towards the new scanner for Nobles Breast Unit. Thank you to everyone who supported the event and those many good cooks that play tennis as well.


Congratulations to our Island Games tennis team – they did very well in a tough event on hardcourts and in very warm weather. The medals were: Men’s team bronze for Sean Drewry and Rob Comber (Albany) (with Marc Chinn & James Buxton of Douglas LTC). Women’s team – silver – Laura Feely, Katie Harris (Albany) Karen Faragher (DLTC (DLTC) and Elena & Hannah Snidal members of both Castletown/Albany). Laura won bronze in the women’s singles having had to retire injured in the s/final. Laura (Albany) Karen (DLTC) won silver in Women’s doubles and there was bronze for Chinn/Buxton in men’s doubles. A very creditable performance.

Mixed league matches start with an A team home tie v Castletown A on Monday 29 July at 7pm that should provide some good tennis so why not go and watch. Then on Thursday 1 August our B team are at home to Ramsey B. All our home matches start at 7pm and some support would be appreciated.


Albany’s Saturday red ball coaching for 8 & under will not be held during the school summer holidays.  It will re-start when school re-opens. Our club coach, Ian Watson will be organising some summer camps in August – more details later.