Liz Bird memorial tournament

On 11th September we held a tournament to remember Spital member Liz Bird who passed away earlier this year after suffering from cancer.  19 players including guests from neighbouring Netherseal and other supporters took part, and £143.50 was raised in aid of St Giles Hospice.

Jan Webb and Nathan Ensor were the winners, with Angela Tallett being awarded the Presidents Trophy.  Thanks to Anne Timmis and Belnda Foster for organising the event and everyone who supported it.

Coaching updates

We are hoping to start a six week adult coaching course on Saturday 7th May from 10-11. This course is aimed at beginners and improvers. For further information please contact Lee on 07866 552924.  

For juniors, a new eight week course began on Saturday 16th April - there is still time to join it. 

Also there is a half-term coaching camp taking place at the club from, from Monday 30th May to Thursday 2nd June, 9.30am to 12pm.

It's no April Fool - Burton League starts 1st April!

The 2016 season fixtures for the RTP Burton Lawn Tennis League are confirmed, and this year Spital is entering a new Mixed C team alongside Mixed A and B, so now with three Mixed and Ladies teams, and two Mens teams, it's a packed out fixture list.

We kick off on Friday 1st April with a Mixed Doubles Division 3 showdown between Spital A and newly-promoted Spital B.  

Check out the club calendar for all the fixtures

Social Event on 24th November - Illustrated talk on the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea

Spital member Annabel Arnold, her daughter, son and nephew recently spent a week walking the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea. The Kokoda trail played an important role during the second world war when Japan was trying to invade Australia.  Annabel's grandfather was one of the soldiers involved so the trek was not only physically challenging but also a memorable personal experience for the family.

On Tuesday 24th November at 7pm at the Club, Annabel will present an illustrated talk to share her experiences.  This will last around 45 minutes plus questions, followed by festive light refreshments/drinks.  There will also be opportunity to make a donation to the Kokoda Hospital.

All our members are welcome and do bring partners/friends.

                Photo credit: http://kokoda.commemoration.gov.au

                Photo credit: http://kokoda.commemoration.gov.au

Check out our sparkly clean courts!

We recently had our courts professionally cleaned, improving grip and bounce and look.

It's normal for a thin layer of moss to gradually build up on outdoor hard courts, and while this is fine during the summer months, it can become slippery when wet.  So it's great that the cleaning has taken place, and our members will be able to play safely through the winter. 

What did our members say?

"The courts have been cleaned up and look great, I think you'll be impressed next time you come down."

"The courts are looking good and play really well."

Spital Tennis does not give endorsements or make recommendations of particular products (although our members might do this personally), but we do want to give our thanks and shout out "Job well done" to Nigel Taylor of The Complete Tennis Court Service -   tel 01525 221432 /  07950 515842 www.thecompletetenniscourtservice.co.uk