New tennis term begins!

Tennis coaching The Winter 2017 tennis coaching programme begins on Monday 9th January, with classes and sessions for adults and juniors run by Max Tennis School.  Take a look at our Adult and Junior posters for more details. 20161015_095958                             Club Nights Monday and Wednesday evening club nights will be supervised by Aaron and Emma again from this week onwards.  The other club sessions (e.g. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons) are unsupervised though. 20161107_183355                             Tuesday 10th January – Men’s match practise Tuesday evening match practise is a special session open to any men who’d like to play for the club this summer, it’s your chance to have a hit and impress the team captains!  Play starts at 6pm and Blue Hill are putting on a meal for just £5 – please book with David Lloyd in advance by emailing david@lloydy.net. We’ll be looking to fill the following teams (captains listed):
Men’s 1 – Peter Dixon Men’s 2 – TBC Men’s 3 – Toby Evans O45 Vets 1 – Andy Lloyd O45 Vets 2 – Andy Tyson O60 Vets – David Lloyd Aegon county – Roger Garbutt Hampshire and IoW – TBC
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Karen Adams recognised at the recent Dorset LTA AGM

We would like to play tribute to Karen Adams, a tennis member at East Dorset for 36 years, who has recently stepped down from her role as Ladies County Captain after many years of captaincy. Karen has been a Dorset County Tennis player since 1979 representing Dorset at all age groups, including playing for over 20 years in the ladies county team. She has won many doubles titles during her time as a member at East Dorset, and has also been a member of West Hants Club for 11 years. Karen assumed the role as Ladies County Captain in 1997 serving on the council and since 2011 was part of the Dorset Executive Committee. Many members at East Dorset will remember Karen organising the Around the World static cycle challenge which was held at the club in 2011 with everyone wearing pink branded sweatshirts and cycling around the clock on exercise bikes in the function room. This event raised over £45,000 for the Dorset Cancer Centre at Poole Hospital, a cause which Karen decided to raise money for after receiving treatment. Karen lives in Poole and is currently a Station Manager for Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and the Fire Brigade union representative. In addition to her love of tennis, she is also a keen AFC Bournemouth supporter. Karen’s many years of service to Dorset tennis was recognised at the recent Dorset County LTA AGM at the West Hants Club.

Exhibition match and pavilion opening – Saturday 19th November

We are excited to announce a special day of events at the club next Saturday 19th November, to mark the official opening of the new tennis pavilion and to welcome our new cafe and bar caterers. We hope as many of you as possible will come along to show your support!
Here is a timeline for the day:
  • 12 noon: An exhibition match between Dorset County Men’s Singles Champion Louis Allen and British Tour Coach James Davidson
  • 12.30 – 2pm: ‘Have a go’ tennis activities, with donations going to our new fund for Louis Allen*
  • 2pm: Official opening of the pavilion by Richard Henshaw, Chairman of Dorset LTA
  • 2.30 – 3.30pm: Opportunity to play against Louis or James in club afternoon
  • 2.30 – 4pm: Pop along to the clubhouse to meet our new caterers and sample their tea/coffee and cake!
  *We’re marking this special occasion for the club by celebrating the success of our talented junior Louis Allen and to create a fund which will help him to achieve his goals. Louis needs to attend more tournaments to progress in the tennis world, each of which can cost hundreds of pounds. Although Louis has some sponsorship, he would be really grateful for further support. After the exhibition match between Louis and ATP certified coach James Davidson, you’ll be able to have a go at these activities for a small donation to Louis’ fund: • Test your serve speed • Pass the Pro • Score a point • Wrong hand tie break Good luck! Want to know more about our exhibition match players?  Take a look at their profiles below:
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American Doubles tournament – Wednesday 19th October

We hope you can join us for a friendly American Doubles tournament on Wednesday evening, to mark the end of this half-term.  This will run instead of the usual club evening.
Led by Emma, play will start at 6pm so please arrive a bit early if you can for a warm up and to be sorted into fours.  Otherwise please let Emma know in advance that you’ll be attending.  It would also help greatly if everyone can play through to 8pm, to ensure that numbers remain constant.
You’re all invited to the clubhouse after play for nibbles and, if you’re lucky, prize presentations!

Autumn term tennis begins – Monday 5th September

The mornings are a bit fresher and the evenings are starting to draw in… so it’s that time of year again, time for the Autumn term coaching programmes to begin!  We welcome a new coach to the team this Autumn, Aaron Bolitho, alongside Brian, Dan and Emma.  For details of the new coaching programmes, please visit these pages: Take a look at our weekly court schedule too for an overview of what’s happening when.

Summer Tennis Camps – July and August

It may be midway through the summer holidays but we still have two weeks of tennis camps coming up for Mini and Junior players:
  • Monday 15th – Friday 19th August
  • Monday 22nd – Friday 26th August
Mini Red (4-8 years old): 9am – 10.15am (£6 per day) Junior (8-16 years old): 10.30am – 12.30pm (£9 per day) Please contact Brian on 07930 454764 for more details or to book a place! Summer Camp 2016 final

A busy week of tennis at the Dorset Open

East Dorset welcomed the Frost & Co Dorset Open 2016 from Sunday 31st July to Saturday 6th August, supervised by Tournament Referee Kris Dymond. It was a busy week, with lots of competitive junior and adult matches, singles and doubles, and we welcomed juniors from across the country, including a group of youngsters from Scotland.  Play continued despite tricky conditions in the opening days, but fortunately the weather improved as the week went on and the schedule caught up with itself. For a full round up of results, please visit the LTA Tournaments website: https://lta.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/winners.aspx?id=F6995F0E-0DFC-4E63-A7C7-72E8A5AE9DB0 It was another successful week for East Dorset’s Louis Allen, who came third in the Men’s Singles, runner-up in the 18U Singles and Doubles, and won the Men’s Doubles with partner Liam Hignett – great play Louis! Thanks to Kris and all the club volunteers who helped make the event a success, including Catherine, Sue and Liz at the tournament desk and all the match supervisors. In total 336 matches were played… so it was certainly a busy week! Special congratulations go to Charlie Newman, winner of the Betty Booth Sportsmanship Award 2016, who showed great sportsmanship and enjoyment of the game throughout the week. Betty Booth award

Club Championship finals a great success!

The sun shone for our Finals Day on Saturday 16th July and spectators were treated to some good quality, prescription hard fought matches!  Thanks to our groundsman Daniel, thumb the grass courts played better than ever before and lots of members decided to come along to watch, and stay around for food afterwards!  The trophy presentations were popular too, with the awards handed out by our sponsor, Portmore Life. Portmore life Here is a selection of photos from the day:   The winners and runners-up were as follows: Winners and runners-up