December news – snow, parties, and holes in the ground

It’s cold, it’s dark, it snowed (just) on Thursday – but the new committee is in place.  Harold is joined by Rebecca, Nigel, Phil, Julian,  Jill,  Jo,  Ben, Kerstin,  Dan,  and Toby.  We’re finalising who does what (court maintenance, socials, marketing) and we’ll let you know.   We held our first meeting last week. Discussion (lively and long) centred on our ideas for the club’s future. There’s much to do, but here are a few of our ideas.

We want to keep our friendly, amateurish (in a good way) vibe, but realise that we could be more organised on the practical stuff.    

We want strong team tennis, but the more relaxed, social tennis side is equally important. That means every member counts, including those just starting out

The organised email sign-up sessions are now our most popular events, but we should give equal weight to the casual mix-in sessions.

The new courts. What to do with them? More singles play? More coaching for adult members? We’re still waiting on a planning decision from Southwark council, but should know where we are by Christmas.   

Junior players should be integrated more.  Ben Rayment, our brand new junior and family rep is helping organise the Saturday junior matchplay sessions, and will mastermind bringing the juniors into the rest of the club. 

And we need to keep out membership balanced and varied,  which means more women members as well as men.   

So some first steps,  we’re be relaunching the singles ladders in a unisex format for the new year.  We’re experimenting with the format of Patrice’s Saturday all-club mix-in, while regular Mike Robinson has kindly offered to do some light organisation of the Sunday afternoon team-level mix-in.  And we’ll be starting a volunteer marketing group to look at how to get new and existing members interested and engaged.   

We’ll keep you informed, but ideas and offers to help always welcomed.  Don’t hold back, the best way is to contact us is on info@dulwichtennis.com   

And finally, a bit of news.  Beware of the digging between the lower pavilion and back courts. It’s to bring electricity to the new courts as well as the cricket nets. If you’re going over to the back courts, watch out for the orange netting – it’s there to stop you falling down the ditch.

Dates for the diary:

  • Xmas party Friday 8 Dec 730 pm, tickets here
  • New Year American Tournament Mon 1 Jan 1100 start