March Newsletter

First of all, many congratulations to our junior team of Jack, George, Maisie and Tabitha who recently won the Fallows Cup in a match vs Market Bosworth at the Leicestershire Tennis Club. The club last won the cup in 1991, so we have had to wait a long time! 

Message from the Treasurer – Finance Sub-Committee
 We are forming a small Finance sub-committee and would like to invite volunteers from our general membership to get involved.    
 
The main purpose of this sub-committee will be to ensure that the club maintains accurate financial forecasting / reserves to enable court resurfacing to take place when necessary and to determine where and how much money can be spent on clubhouse / grounds improvements, after taking into account court resurfacing sinking fund and normal maintenance. 
 
Volunteering would involve no more than 2 or 3 short meetings per year and if you are a helper member, time taken can count towards helper hours.  
 
If you are interested in getting involved, we would love to hear from you – please email treasurer@oadbytennis.co.uk  and we will get back to you.
 
Thanks, 
Pip Braint 
 

OPENING SEASON TOURNAMENT 2nd – 9th April 
Just a reminder that we need entries by 10am, Saturday 26th March, please. 
The tournament is open to all senior members (including daytime) and Invited juniors (who will have been contacted by George). 


Full details were in our earlier email but if you have any questions, please contact Niall if any questions on 07955 361 525 or niall_bruce_1@hotmail.com
Use the link below to enter : 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WjY97QZ_vjB1w4HOra1_RjbhDIAd_h9_SMhh9L2oqOU/edit
     Oadby Pre Season Tournament
Saturday 2nd – Saturday 9th April 2022
docs.google.com

COURTS IN USE
Advanced notice that during the OST (2nd – 9th April) some courts will be in use on Saturdays from 10am, on Sunday from 10am and in the evenings (Monday- Thursday) from 6pm. Please check Clubspark throughout as we will make/adjust bookings depending on entries and scheduling. We will probably not be able to allocate courts for Monday/Wednesday mix ins during this week unfortunately – although final decisions will be made when we have all tournament entries. 


During the Easter holidays, Ben will be running summer camps on 4 courts on 11th, 13th and 15th April from 9am-3pm. There is no junior coaching that week so all courts are free at 4pm for late afternoon booking. In addition, on Friday evenings all courts will be free on both 15th and 22nd April. 

FLOODLIGHTS 
We have recently had problems with the money boxes on courts 4,5 and 6 unfortunately with ‘COLL’ often showing even though the boxes have only just been emptied. If this happens, please continue to put money in the box if it will accept it, then override the lights. (If the box won’t accept money then please put the fee in the visitors’ box). 


With lighter evenings, we will soon not require floodlights for fixed fours at 6pm, fortunately. 

VISITORS TO THE CLUB
We have recently been asked by several members about bringing visitors to the club. This is allowed on 3 occasions in a calendar year with a £3 payment due each time, please.  Payments should be put into the box in the corridor to the changing rooms. 

Lastly, many thanks  to everyone who donated items to our recent Ukraine appeal, coordinated by club member Ian Watt in conjunction with his Ukrainian neighbour. 

Best wishes
OGTC 

New Consitution

Members will be aware that the OGTC committee produced an amended version of the club’s Constitution during 2021 for approval prior to organising an EGM. 

Following feedback and a further detailed review, a committee sub group has recommended that a new Constitution would be more appropriate than a update of the current one. As a result, the sub group has produced a new draft Constitution which has been approved by the full committee and which we are now sharing with members. 

The reasons for this new Constitution are as follows : 

1. It is written in clearer and simpler language than the current Constitution.

2. It brings the Constitution in line with the 2006 Companies Act.

3. It has a clearer definition of who is eligible to vote than the current Constitution

4. It has clear procedures and reasons for refusing or removing membership.

5. It limits the Committee’s  powers of spending without the consent of the Members.

6. It limits the Committee’s  powers of taking out loans without the consent of the Members.

7. It limits Committee powers to offer Life Membership

An Extraordinary General Meeting to adopt this new Constitution will be held on Wednesday 27th April at 7.30pm in the clubhouse. A formal notification of the EGM  together with the resolution to adopt the new Constitution will follow within the required notice period. 

For information, the resolution will require a 75% vote in favour to be passed.

A link to the proposed new Constitution is here : 

http://oadbytennis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Oadby-Granville-Tannis-and-Social-Club-Limited-Consitution-2022.pdf

For comparison, the current Constitution can be found here:

http://oadbytennis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/OGTC-Constitution-current.pdf

Both are also available to view at : oadbytennis.co.uk/club-policies

Copies of the proposed new Constitution/current Constitution will  also be on display on the club’s noticeboard. 

If you have any questions/comments regarding this proposed new Constitution please email them/send them to us by Friday 1st April 2022. Proxy voting forms will be sent out after that date for any members unable to attend the EGM. Please note that all senior members are entitled to one vote.

Best wishes

Sue Lester 

Secretary

On behalf of OGTC Committee 

Oadby (Granville) Tennis & Social Club  

Pre Season Tournament

For playing schedules and draws please click here

Oadby Tennis Club Pre-Season Tournament Returns

After 2 years, the pre-season tournament is set to return in 2022. 

This is a great way to play some competitive tennis before the match season, or just to play some tennis against people you may not normally play with / against.

Please see below for details / rules.

Dates: Saturday 2nd April – Saturday 9th April

Weekend play will be 11am-5pm.

Mon – Thursday 6pm – 8pm. 

Finals will take place on Saturday 9th April between 12noon and 3pm

Events – men’s singles, ladies’ singles, men’s doubles, ladies’ doubles, mixed doubles

All matches will be first to 8 games, tie break at 7-7. Reverse draw in all events, everyone guaranteed 2 matches per event.

Fee – £2 per event, collected during the tournament

Rules – 1st team players are not able to play with each other. 

If you would like to play in a doubles event, but do not have a partner, please put partner required and we will endeavour to match you up.

Players will be expected to provide new or nearly new balls for their matches (up to finals). 

Availability – matches will be scheduled for you by the tournament director over the week of the event. We therefore ask that unless it is impossible for you to play on a particular day / evening eg work, you make yourself available for the whole period. 

If unavailability becomes an issue, you will be asked to scratch from the event.  

Entries close at 10am Saturday 26th March. Any questions, please contact Niall on 07955 361 525 or niall_bruce_1@hotmail.com

Use the link below to sign up

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WjY97QZ_vjB1w4HOra1_RjbhDIAd_h9_SMhh9L2oqOU/edit

Best wishes

OGTC

January Update

Hi Oadby,  

We hope everyone is getting back into their tennis after Christmas/New Year despite the rather cold and misty conditions this week.  A few items for you, as below.

MEMBERSHIP

Many thanks to all those who have renewed their memberships for 2022. For those members who would like to take advantage of the early payment discount please remember that payment must be made by 31st January.

Membership fees and categories can be found on the link below:

http://oadbytennis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/2022_MembershipForm.pdf

Preferred payment is by bank transfer to:

Oadby Tennis Club

Sort: **-**-**

Account: ********

Please send an email to membership@oadbytennis.co.uk when payment has been made and you will receive a confirmation email when payment is seen in the club accounts.

If paying by cheque, then please post to the club along with a note with membership fee breakdown and I will send an email when I have received it.

Just a reminder to please consider a 100 Club ticket or two – it’s a chance to win some cash prizes during the year and helps raise money for the club and keep membership fees low.

Thanks

Gary

VOLUNTEER HELP NEEDED

Paul Heighton Towers is in need of volunteer help this Sunday (23rd) 1-3pm to help with some court maintenance work (putting sand on courts, clearing area at back of courts, hedge trimming). If anyone can help, please either email him on grounds@oadbytennis.co.uk or text him on 07981 733465. Thank you. 

MONEY IN FLOODLIGHT BOXES/VISITORS BOX

Can we please remind members again that only £1 coins should be used in any of the boxes to make payments. (A £5 note has recently jammed one of the boxes!). Visitors’ fees (£3 per non-member) can be paid by bank transfer, if preferred, using bank details as under Membership item above.

USED MATCH BALLS

We have some used match balls available for purchase at £1 a can. Available in the clubhouse in cardboard box. Payment in the usual balls box, please.

LTA LEAGUE SURVEY

We have recently received a survey regarding senior league tennis matches.

The Leicestershire Competitions Committee is keen to hear from as many tennis players as possible so please take a look/complete if you are a senior league player/potential league player.

The review covers playing format /structure of the leagues to enhance enjoyment of the leagues offered/consider the length of the matches in some cases. The Competitions Committee is also considering whether to eliminate undecided rubbers in the Winter League, Over 40s and Over 60s leagues with options offered as to how this could be achieved without making matches substantially longer. They are also considering the future of the Men’s Doubles Premier League.

The link is here :

https://forms.gle/jhBJiWa297Vwf5Kj6

LOST PROPERTY

We have accumulated a lot of lost property over the last year. It includes jackets, hoodies, gloves, hats/caps and racket covers – mainly juniors’ clothing items, but some adult clothing too. All is currently set out in the clubhouse on tables/in boxes and is listed below. Any items not collected by Saturday 29th January will be donated to charity.

Best wishes

OGTC

LOST PROPERTY LIST 

Jackets

Black, aged 11/12 Regatta

Black/grey, 11/12 Primark 11/12

Black Mondetta, medium junior,

Black/yellow Speedo, track suit top adult

Green, 3/4, Brigu

Black/white piping. Named Adith

Black/grey patterned, Lego wear, 7 yr

Denim 2/3

Hoodies

Navy, Tennis Leics, medium junior

Grey, H/M Basic, medium junior

Red, Under Armour, adult/large,

Black, Mountain Warehouse, Large

Black, Primark, 10/11

Navy, Chicago Bears, small girls

Black, DFND, 11/12

Black, Everlast, 9/10

Black/grey, George, small

Black, Terrex, adult

Navy, Nike, aged 7

Navy/orange, Head, junior

Trousers

Black, Mango, 36″

Umbrellas

Purple/pink

Black/white

Racquet covers – various  – including lots of junior ones

Adult – Head, Wilson bag

Drink  bottles – various

Hats/caps various

Oscar Jacobson

DG

North Face

St Etienne woolly hat

Grey beanie

Wrist bands – Neo G

Gloves – various

Scarves – Yellow, turquoise.

Oadby (Granville) Tennis & Social Club  

December Newsletter

I hope you are all keeping well.

With the end of the year fast approaching I thought I would update you with a few things we are working on around the club.

MEMBERSHIP 2022 

The membership form for 2022 is now available to download on the website.

We have compared our membership fees with surrounding clubs to ensure we are still offering good value to members, which I am pleased to report that we are. However, we have made a couple of changes that are listed below:

  1. Removed the entrance fee for new members.
  2. Extended the Intermediate membership age to 29 and renamed the category Young Adult.
  3. Increased the discount to £50 for Helper members and reduced the number of hours required to 8 from 9.
  4. Renamed Daytime Membership to Weekday Off Peak.
  5. Members don’t need to opt into accepting the Rules of the Club as by re-joining or joining they are deemed to have accepted being bound by the rules. The rules have been updated and are available to view on the Club’s website and we suggest all members take time to review them.

As a result of our good financial position and high membership numbers we are increasing the discount for early payment to 20% (it was 15%) if payment is made prior to 31st January. Members who pay after the 31st January will be asked to pay our normal rates which we have maintained at last year’s levels. The membership form can be viewed on this link  http://oadbytennis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/2022_MembershipForm.pdf

Subscriptions are due from 1st January. Our preferred payment method for security reasons is by bank transfer. Please email membership@oadbytennis.co.uk when you have made payment with the following information if you are paying by bank transfer:

Name:

Category:

Fee:

100 Club tickets:

Total paid:

Please transfer to:

Oadby Tennis Club

Sort: **-**-**

Acc: ********

If you wish to pay by Cheque please send it to the Club or post through the letter box for the attention of the Membership Secretary.

You will get a confirmation email when payment/cheque has been received. 

If you have any questions please email membership@oadbytennis.co.uk and Gary will try to help with anything you might need.

GROUNDS

Those of you that have been to the club in the last few weeks will have seen that we have had the fence and new gates installed. This will certainly help to make the grounds more enclosed and provide a more secure environment for everyone to play in.

The access code needed is *****

Just to remind you again that the gates are self-closing and so you don’t need to pull them closed behind you.

Whilst we have made some good progress we still do have some work to do. We are waiting on an electrician to fit a light above the gate to provide better lighting in this area and there are also some other finishing touches such as re-marking the car park. Once everything has been finished I will email out again and confirm preferred entry/exit points so everyone knows exactly where we are.

In regards to the courts we have some sand bagged and ready to be put on courts 4,5 & 6, which should hopefully go on in the next couple of weeks. We are also working to prevent the moss patches reappaearing as it was quite a job to remove these last year. 

As always if there is anything around the club that you have any issues with or if you want to make any suggestions for improvements then please do get in touch.

 A special mention to Paul & Derek who give up an awful lot of their time to keep things neat and tidy around the club, this is much appreciated by all of us.

GENERAL

2021 has been a very challenging year for all of us, starting off badly with a full lockdown and continuing with not having the club house open until mid July and even then with certain restrictions in place.

I am sure you have all seen the news and there continues to be a great deal of uncertainty moving forward as to whether restrictions will be put back in place after Christmas. Please be assured that we will continue to follow guidance from the LTA and will do everything we can to keep you informed of any changes that might need to be made around the club to keep us all playing in the safest way possible.

I don’t want to finish the last update of 2021 on a negative note! This year has been tough but with record membership, improved facilities and managing to celebrate our 75th anniversary in style we have all done the best we can to make the best of a less than ideal situation. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our members (record number of members!) for their understanding and patience throughout the year. We have a great club and great members and I hope you continue to enjoy your tennis at Oadby in 2022.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Martin 

Chairman

Oadby (Granville) Tennis & Social Club