Club Case Study | Claygate Tennis Club

Everyone had a hugely enjoyable day when the Tennis Circus came to Claygate. Despite dire weather forecasts earlier in the week, the day dawned bright and sunny - a window of fine weather at just the right time. Danny Sapsford and James Auckland ran a series of instructive and entertaining coaching sessions, ranging from classes for the youngest, aged 5-9, through to the popular 10-16 age group, and two adults clinics - one technical and one doubles tactics. The day ended with a timed tournament for 20 adults who enjoyed practising what they had learned in the earlier sessions. Club coach, Ian Cooper, ran fastest-serve competitions for adults and juniors and funds were also raised from a barbecue and a raffle. .

Tickets for the raffle were sold for several weeks; it was finally drawn at the Club Christmas supper in early December and raised £100.

Legacy Coaching

Cardio tennis - A free course for members and their friends was held in the autumn term. Most participants have continued to attend the weekly sessions and pay.
School link - Pupils from a local school have been offered free taster coaching courses. This has proved so popular that we would need to run 10 courses to satisfy the demand. We have initially organised 3 courses, selected by age.

Charity Day

  • Event Date: October 12th 2013
  • Pros: Danny Sapsford, James Auckland
  • Format: Coaching Clinics & Tournament
  • Raised: £610

About Claygate Tennis Club

Claygate LTC is a friendly family-oriented club in an attractive setting. We have five courts, two of them floodlit, a practice wall and a modern clubhouse. There are several regular mix-in sessions, tournaments open to all, singles ladders, and group and individual coaching. Our junior section is extremely active and we have adult and junior teams in various leagues.

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Many thanks to Bright Ideas for Tennis for facilitating this excellent day. All participants agreed it was a thoroughly enjoyable and valuable experience. The funds raised are already being used to attract new local people to tennis.