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.
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.
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.Visit Club Website
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.