Members' Handbook

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Balls

The Club provides tennis balls for use by members. Those for Open Club Play are kept in the kitchen and those for Junior Play are kept in the main clubroom. Please use 3 balls per court and ensure that all balls are returned to the correct place in the Clubhouse at the end of play. If balls are not available at the Club, please contact Malcolm Barnes (tel: 01275 463265).

Ball Machine

The Club has a ball machine, which is available for use, free of charge. Members are asked to please look after the machine and to ensure that it is returned safely to the Clubhouse after use.

Court Bookings

We have an online court booking system. Members may book courts for any of the times listed as Open Play, up to 14 days in advance (dates further ahead are locked). There is no booking fee for Club members. If a league match is rearranged because it has not started or not been completed on the due date, league matches shall take precedence over Club Play and friendly matches (Rule 27 of the Avon League to which the club is affiliated).

Court Hire

Court number 4 is available for hire, by the hour, for non-members. The hire fee is £5.00 per hour and must be paid in advance to the Court Booking Officer, Steve Stephens, 38 Karen Drive, Backwell (tel.790712).

Dress & Shoes

The Club hopes that reasonably appropriate tennis clothing will be worn (this may include coloured clothing). Non-marking tennis shoes must be worn to avoid damage to the courts.

E-mail Addresses

The Committee will only use the e-mail address provided by members for matters relating to the running of the Tennis Club. Members should not misuse the address list, which must not be given to other parties or used commercially, as this contravenes the Data Protection Act.

Floodlighting

Floodlight tokens are available from the Court Booking Officer, Steve Stephens, 38 Karen Drive, Backwell (Tel 01275 790712). Each token currently costs £1 per block of courts for 30 minutes, except court 5 which is for 60 mins. The Committee may decide to adjust the timing if costs fluctuate. Each token-box is clearly marked (i.e.1 & 2 or 3 & 4 or 5), and will indicate how much time remains on the lights.

The timer can be switched off by pressing the "Del" button. This will not result in you paying less if you decide to stop playing before the timer runs out, but will save on our electricity costs and the impact on our neighbours

A blue warning llght on one of the lightlng posts will flash to show when 10 minutes remains on the timer. If the lights go out, a safety device prevents them from coming on again for 15 minutes. Please note too that all the lights automatically cut out at 10 pm, to comply with local planning regulations, and the park gates will be closed at 11.00pm. One light on each pair of courts will remain lit for ten minutes to allow members to reach the car parks safely.

Heating

The heaters in the Clubhouse may be used free of charge. To put the heating on, members should please press the switch located behind the curtain by the main doors. Please turn off after use.

Juniors

The Club has a thriving junior section led by the Club’s Junior Representative, Paul Jackson and Tennis Manager/Head Coach, Ben Tilling. Please contact Ben or Paul for further details.

Ben Tilling
07737 725805

Paul Jackson
01275 464389

Juniors Camp

Club coach Ben Tilling runs holiday tennis camps & competitions during most of the school holidays. Please look at the notice board for more details.

Keys

Keys are available from the Membership Secretary at a cost of £10.00. This is refundable on return. Keys issued to all Full, Family, Weekday and Student members will open the entrance padlocks to the courts, the Club compound, the front door to the Clubhouse and the kitchen.
Keys issued to Junior members will open all locks except the kitchen. Keys cannot be retracted from the padlocks unless the lock is closed. Keys to the padlocks on both Park Gates are in the Clubhouse kitchen drawer in case members should find themselves locked in.

Ladies' Afternoon Tennis

On Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2pm - 3.30pm there is club play for the ladies. It is very sociable and is a long-standing tradition dating back over 30 years. All are welcome, both full and weekday members.

League Matches

Full details of this year's summer and winter fixtures will be listed on the Club noticeboard and communicated via the individual team captains. Members are encouraged to please sign up if they wish to be considered for any of the teams.

For more info, please see leagues section

Maintenance Work

Although the Club has all weather courts, Club members are often asked to please help repair fencing, cut grass, control weeds and generally to maintain the Clubhouse. 'Maintenance Days' are arranged each spring (see Events page). However, it is the responsibility of all members to please help maintain our facilities on an ongoing basis for the benefit of all.

Noticeboard

Please look at the board for information concerning events, functions, and tournaments. The Club noticeboard is updated frequently.

Score Keepers

The Club has invested in a pair of yellow and white Score-Keepers. They should be of use during matches, but also during Open Club Play to help others keep up to date with the score on these courts.

Security

At the end of play, please ensure that everywhere is locked up: Clubhouse windows and doors, gates to the courts, the Club compound gate and the kitchen. read more

Suggestions Box

The Committee welcomes any suggestions from members about how to improve the running of the Club. Please post any comments in the Clubhouse letterbox (by the telephone).

Summer Season

The official season generally starts on the first Saturday in April with Open Club Play on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Club afternoon is on Saturday afternoons.

Telephone

There is a payphone in the Clubhouse for members’ use. Please note the instructions on the LED display and remember not to insert coins until your call is answered.

Visitors

Visitors are welcome and we are always looking for new members. A visitor can use the courts for a small fee (details on the noticeboard). However, it is the responsibility of the member(s) introducing the visitor(s) to put this fee in an envelope through the letterbox in the Clubhouse, with the name of the accompanying member. Visitors are only entitled to play three times, after which we want to please encourage them to become members.

Wimbledon Tickets

Tickets are allocated to the Club by ballot through the Avon County LTA. Tickets will only be available to fully paid-up Club members who are also British Tennis members and who have registered their interest in being entered for the ballot on the British Tennis website. Please contact:

Elwyn Williams
01275 879897

Winter Season

Play continues throughout the winter season generally starting on the first Monday in October. Club afternoon is on Saturday afternoons, as in the summer. Organised Club Play will be on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, with 2 sessions:
6:30pm - 8:15pm
8:15pm - 10pm
Members will be asked to choose their preferred session by email. The co-ordinator for winter rota sessions is Pat O'Callaghan. Other courts, where available, may be booked online up to 14 days in advance. Please remember that floodlights will automatically switch off at 10.00 pm, to comply with local planning regulations. Floodlight tokens may be obtained from Steve Stephens (01275 790712).