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