JUNIOR - TENNIS ...More Purple and green courts coming soon...

Courts 10 and 11 will be getting the same treatment as 12 and 13 did last year. A new macadam base and complete repainting in the same purple and green colours will take place in March. The courts are sure to become popular with all juniors this Spring and Summer.

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The courts will have the new tarmac laid from 9th March and will be unavailable for two weeks. Lines will then be added to the black tarmac and the courts will then be available for a few weeks unpainted. Once the tarmac is in the right condition to be painted the purple and green will be applied. The new painted courts should then be available from mid April.

This resurfacing continues our ongoing upgrade of all the tennis facilities at the Club that has included

2010 4 indoor courts built

2011 floodlighting added to courts 4567

2012 artificial clay courts installed - courts 4&5

2013 complete resurface and painting of courts 12 & 13 in purple and green

Posted at 11:52:AM on Friday 27 February 2015
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JUNIOR - Tennis Coaching Programme Survey...more info

Thank you to all those parents who have already completed the survey online, your feeback will be very useful for us.

If you haven't yet completed the survey just click here, it only takes a few minutes...and you will have the chance of winning £50 to spend in the Club cafebar!

Note some parents have already asked about completing an additional survey as they have more than one child or one of their children has more than one coach.

If you do want to give separate feedback based on your other children or on another coach, please do. However note that the survey can only be completed once on any machine. You can complete additional surveys on another PC or tablet and if this is not possible you can complete a hard copy available at reception. Your comments and feedback would then be uploaded by us.

Posted at 11:44:AM on Friday 27 February 2015
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JUNIOR - Enter our Spring Open Tennis tournament...

Enter the Winchester Spring Open which runs from 5th to11th April...

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There are events for all age groups in the first of our summer grade 3 tournaments. Ask your coach if this tournament is suitable for your standard of play. Even if you dont enter come along and support the many Winchester juniors taking part and see how enjoyable competition tennis can be.

Entries can be made online on the LTA website

Posted at 11:30:AM on Friday 27 February 2015
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JUNIOR - Club Tennis Championships 2015... have you entered?

This years Junior Club Tennis Championships will start on 1st April leading to our finals day on Saturday 4th July.

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There will be A and B draws and we are keen to see all juniors competing in their relevant category.

•         Club and development squad  players should enter the B draw
•         Team and Elite squad players should enter the A draw

Players playing in the B draw are restricted to their specific age group.

Players in the A draws can play in 2 age groups (one of these can be the adult open events - relevant for older juniors)

If you have any questions or are unsure about which event you should enter, ask your coach they will be happy to help.

Entry forms are available at the Club so make sure to get your entry in NOW

Posted at 11:22:AM on Friday 27 February 2015
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Always check in before you play... try SELF CHECK IN...

There have been quite a few occasions where members have not checked in for courts and we have assumed they are not there... avoid having your lights switched off during play....


Posted at 11:03:AM on Friday 27 February 2015
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SQUASH PSL - Final Home match of the season - Tue 10 March...

We have our final home match on Tuesday 10th March v Bristol, so this will probably be your last opportunity to watch world class squash at the Club this season. Dont miss out....


Tickets are available from reception NOW.

Posted at 10:55:AM on Friday 27 February 2015
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RACKETBALL taster sessions next week - come and try it out...

We are running Racketball taster sessions each evening next week Monday 2nd to Thursday 5th March 6-7PM.

Members and non members welcome so please invite your friends along too.


Led by our fitness team, just come along and try out this great sport which is easy to pick up and easy to play. A great fun way to work on your cardiovascular fitness.

We ran the tasters in the first week in February and a number of fitness members loved the session and were amazed at how quick they got into the game

What is Racketball?
Racketball is played on any regular squash court and is similar to squash. In racketball a larger ball, which does not need warming up like in squash, and a shorter racket are used, as shown below.

The fact that the ball is bigger, more bouncy and does not need warming up means that the rallies last longer, as the ball moves slower giving the opponent more time to react and get to the ball. The shorter racket also helps with hand eye coordination making the ball easier to strike. Overall this makes the game much easier to pick up than many other sports like squash or tennis.

check out the video on how to play racketball here

So come and join Scott, Alex, Matt, and Billy any night next week and try out the game for yourself.

All equipment provided - you can just turn up and play (though if you can, please give your name in advance to reception if possible so we can anticipate numbers coming

Posted at 14:58:PM on Wednesday 25 February 2015
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SQUASH - Winchester 7th on course for promotion again...

Seventh Heaven...

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Winchester's Sigvaris-sponsored 7th team stayed on course for back-to-back promotions with a convincing 4-1 victory over local rivals Trojans V in Division 5 of the Hampshire League.
Youngster Sam Welch, making his league debut in place of his dad Nick, found the going tough against the more experienced Simon Parnham but put up a valiant fight before going down in straight games.  Skipper Jonathan Fox soon restored the balance however, recovering from a tentative start to overcome Tom Nicholls in four games.
The rapidly improving Pete Glyn-Jones then proved too fast and strong for David Vyvyan, justifying his recent move up the rankings with a comfortable 3-0 to put the home side ahead.  Meanwhile Simon Geary and Muhammad Nasir were in a see-saw battle on the adjoining court, Geary playing some excellent squash to go 2-1 up only for Nasir to peg him back to 2-2.  But Geary has been working hard on his fitness and was not to be denied, stepping up the pace again to take the deciding game 9-5 and put the Bereweeke Road side into an unassailable lead.
Olley Harrison at no.1 has also come on in leaps and bounds this season.  After a rush to get to the game having just come off a 13 hour shift and with the adrenalin still coursing round his veins, he took apart Trojans veteran Mike Quigley for a miserly three points, taking his personal tally for the season to 12 wins from 14 matches and bringing the prospect of that double promotion tantalisingly within reach.

Posted at 11:55:AM on Tuesday 24 February 2015
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PARKING - Important info for members

Over recent weeks we have experienced various issues with parking at the Club. Running out of space during the day was an unusual  recurring theme in the second week of January when we had a number of conferences booked in. Things have settled since then with more managable numbers attending any any meetings that have been held here. And this has thankfully been less of an issue in the past few weeks.

Evenings and Saturday mornings however do continue to be very busy so members need to be aware that on some evenings they may simply find it difficult to park in the club car park and may have to use alternate parking locally.

Peter Symond's students' use of car park

We have also been monitoring use of the car park by students attending Peter Symonds. There are two issues here, one is students who have no link to the club just using the car park. This is not allowed. The other is students who are members of the club parking at the club on the basis that they may be using the gym or playing tennis at some point in the day. This is also not allowed, so any student members reading this (or their parents if also members) should note that parking is generally only permitted at the Club while actually  using the club facilities.

We will continue to monitor this and ask any offenders to move their vehicle where relevant.

Members' use of car park when not actually using the Club

Similarly we are aware that members occasionally park at the Club for convenience when visiting town or using the train station. We have in the past been OK with this as it occurs very occasionally (unlike the student use) and as long as members inform reception that they are leaving the car all day at the Club. As we get busier and busier at the Club however, we may now also have to consider restricting this use of the car park as well. We will continue to monitor this but members please note that this is only acceptable for very occasional use and you should always inform reception.

Inconsiderate use of disabled parking bays

This is unfortunately a continual problem with either

  • members deciding to park in a disabled bay simply because they could not find another space to park. This is not acceptable and we would hope that members consider the implications of depriving a disabled user of the space.
  • members or guests using the disabled bay as a drop off / pick up spot . Again this is not acceptable and anyone found doing this will be asked to move.

Pedestrians on the driveway

We are aware of the safety issue with pedestrians sharing the driveway with vehicles particularly in the dark. We are looking at an option to have a walkway behind the hedge that will run alongside the indoor court building.

However in the meantime can drivers please be extra aware of pedestrians using the driveway and always drive slowly when on club property.

Thank you to members for their cooperation in this.

Once again can we also thank the vast majority of members who we know always drive and park carefully and with due consideration for others at the Club

Posted at 16:31:PM on Tuesday 17 February 2015
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TENNIS - Ladies tennis - pre season practices 8 March and 25 April

Similar to previous years, we are holding two “ladies’ tennis teams pre-season practices” in order that all lady members, new members and good standard Under 18 girls in the club are given a fair chance to play in one of our many teams and are made aware of the opportunities.

If you are interested in playing ladies team tennis, youi are very welcome to attend the pre season team practice sessions.

click here for full details

Posted at 13:03:PM on Tuesday 17 February 2015
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