Information Sheet 2019/20

Please read this information sheet to ensure that you are aware of everything that the club has to offer as well as our few rules and regulations.

The tennis club is one of the four clubs that form the Sports Ground Association, a registered charity with trustees from the clubs, the Parish Council, the Royal British Legion, and other interested people from the village. The Association manages the Memorial Pavilion and sports/recreation ground under a licence from the Parish Council while the Parish Council receives a licence from the Conservators of Ashdown Forest, as the ground forms part of the Forest. The 5-acre ground was originally reserved for the playing of cricket and other games under the Ashdown Forest Act of 1885. The tennis club, founded in the early 1950s, manages, maintains and refurbishes the courts from its funds.

The Sports Ground Association receives fees from the clubs to help maintain the pavilion and receives a grant of £2,000 from the Parish Council towards the cost of maintaining the ground. Although fund raising helps to bridge the gap between income and expenditure, there are insufficient funds to properly maintain the pavilion at present.

Constitution

You can find the club's Constitution in the Info Sheet on our website:

clubspark.lta.org.uk/ForestRowLawnTennisClub.

Membership

The club is open to players of any standard and any age. Membership runs from 1 April to 31 March, and any member who has not paid by 21 April will cease to be a member. Reduced half year membership is available from 1 September. For membership subscriptions, please go to clubspark.lta.org.uk/ForestRowLawnTennisClub and click on Membership.

The Membership Secretary will post each member a shoe tag as proof of membership. Please wear it. Committee Members will ask anyone on court not wearing a shoe tag to proof their membership.

Club Sessions

For those who play to a reasonable standard, there are three club sessions every week when mixed doubles are normally played. These are: -

  • Sunday mornings 10.00 am - 1.00 pm approx.
  • Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.00 pm

Floodlights are used for evening club sessions during the winter months. Members are asked to contribute £1 each session towards the cost of floodlighting.

Floodlights

Floodlights are available for use on courts 1 and 2 for the period 1 September to 30 April. They are controlled by meters which are operated by £1 coins and can be found inside the clubroom. Each £1 coin provides 20 minutes duration of lighting. Please note lighting cannot be used outside of these months.

Court Booking

Courts can be booked using the club’s online booking system. Courts may not be booked during club sessions or during club organised activities. A restriction of booking four half hour sessions up to two weeks in advance applies. Only senior, student and junior members aged 16 and over may book any court. Juniors under 16 may book court 1. The other courts may only be booked for juniors under 16 for the purpose of receiving professional coaching or for EG Tennis Coaching junior inter-club matches.

Ball Machine

The club owns a Tower Ball Machine for use by all members. For security purposes the machine is kept in a locked room opposite the internal door to the main pavilion. The key is kept in a coded security box on the wall. Please telephone David Gray - 07986 710631 for the code in the first instance, or any committee member. The cost of using the ball machine is £2 per hour. Please complete a payment slip which can be found on the window sill then deposit both slip and money into the wall safe BEFORE using the ball machine. Further information on the use of the ball machine can be found on the back of the storeroom door and with the ball machine. Junior members under age 16 are not permitted to use the ball machine unless fully accompanied by an adult.

Juniors

Unless they are having coaching, Junior members under age 16 can use the courts whenever they are free but must give way to Senior and Student members. Older members are asked to be reasonable when requesting Juniors to leave - allowing them to finish games, or suggesting they double up on a court. It is hoped that Juniors will make use of the time immediately after school and the school holidays when the courts should be fairly free.

JUNIOR MEMBERS UNDER 16 YEARS OF AGE ARE NOT PERMITTED TO HOLD KEY FOBS

For safety reasons, no children are permitted on the courts unless they are actually playing tennis.

Child Protection Policy

Forest Row Lawn Tennis Club operates the LTA Child Protection Policy whereby we aim to create a safe, secure and enjoyable environment for children. The club will ensure that all Coaches, Coaching Assistants and volunteers have signed the club's self-declaration form in relation to Child Protection and are aware of the LTA Code of Conduct. The club member specifically responsible for young people is Kate Bryant - her telephone number is 01342 824772.

Privacy Policy

You can find the club’s privacy policy, setting out how we treat your personal data, on our website.

Coaching

Coaching is run by EG Tennis Coaching, a very professional and motivated team of coaches. They run junior coaching sessions on Wednesday and Friday afternoons/early evenings during the summer and winter (under floodlights) and hold junior coaching camps during the Easter and summer holidays.

Senior coaching is available in groups or individually. For those of you wishing to get back into the game, EG Tennis Coaching run occasional Rusty Racquets courses for improvers.

More details can be obtained from our notice boards, website or by calling EG Tennis Coaching on 01342 825858.

Website

Our website has information about the club, news, a membership page, plus information on coaching, all of which will be updated to help keep you informed. You can also book a court via this website.

Matches

For those members who play to a higher standard, we are always keen to enlist new team players to represent the club in Weald League matches. So, if you think you have got what it takes and are keen to play for the club, please contact one of our match captains listed below.

Court Sweeping and Cleaning the Tennis Clubroom

All adult members are expected to participate in the cleaning rota. A rota will be circulated to all members informing them which week they have been allocated. Leaf blowers, brooms, vacuum cleaner, dusters, bucket and cleaning equipment can be found in the cupboard. Ear defenders and protective glasses can be found on top of the safe for protection whilst using the blowers. A member of the committee will telephone you a week beforehand with a gentle reminder and suggestions of what needs to be done.

PLEASE NOTE, DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE CLUBROOM

Visitors

Members may bring visitors. Each visitor is allowed to play three times in a season on payment of £3 per session, or £1 for juniors. This is deducted from their subscription if the visitor subsequently joins.

Please complete a payment slip which can be found on top of the wall safe and deposit visitors’ fees and slips into the safe.

Tea & Coffee Facilities

Tea, coffee and powdered milk is available in the clubroom if you would like to make yourself a hot drink.

PLEASE WASH, DRY AND PUT AWAY ALL CROCKERY AFTER USE.

Dress Code

There are no strict rules about dress other than during club sessions when it is requested that players wear recognisable sports clothing. However, at all times the correct footwear (no ridged trainers) is essential to preserve the surface of the courts.

Tennis Balls

Tennis balls can be bought from our Chairman or Alan Ennis (see below).

Officers & Committee Members

President

Mike Humphries

1941mbh@gmail.com

01342 823031

Chairman

Chris Serjeant

chris-serjeant@talktalk.net

01342 826666

Secretary

Nicoline Minns

nicoline@hotmail.co.uk

07961117824

Treasurer

Marc ter Kuile

marcterkuile@gmail.com

07590673598

Membership Secretary

Sonja Russell

sonja_csaj@hotmail.com

07787311973

Match Secretary

Neil Coram

n.coram@btinternet.com

01342 313176

Ladies Captain

Kate Bryant

katembryant@btinternet.com

01342 824772

Men’s A Captain

Alan Ennis

impalaproperty@yahoo.co.uk

07919 338992

Men’s B Captain

Angus Jeffery

angusjeffery@yahoo.co.uk

07720 401396

Mixed A Captain

Julie Ennis

impalaproperty@yahoo.co.uk

 

Mixed B Captain

Judy Garnham

garnham.judy@gmail.com

01892 770316

Mixed C Captain

Sonja Russell

sonja_csaj@hotmail.com

07787311973

Forest Row Sports Ground

Association Representatives:

Mike Humphries (Trustee)

David Williams (Trustee)

Judy Garnham

1941mbh@gmail.com davidwilliams@freeuk.co.uk

garnham.judy@gmail.com

01342 823031

07711 450560

01892 770316

Wimbledon tickets ballot organiser:

Valerie Moss

valife@btinternet.com

07968424450 01342 824474

Coaching and Rusty Rackets

Alan Ennis

impalaproperty@yahoo.co.uk

07919 338992