Club News 2017

 

OPEN - BPLTC CENTENARY CHALLENGE

There's more than a rumour that BPLTC will play host to a Junior Open, again this year.  Open to Juniors from across the whole of Britain this continues to be a busy, popular annual event, with David Duncan our Open tournament organiser.  We will require volunteers largely in our kitchen and on the food stand.  We will also require baking as we sell A LOT to both players and their parent/carer supporters! More to follow soon but dust off those favourite recipes and look out for the 'Help required..' sheets which will go up in the clubhouse nearer the time... 

 

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS - FINALS DAY 2017

In an inspired change this year the 2017 Barnton Park Lawn Tennis Club Championships Finals AND Presentations will be held DURING THE DAY of Saturday 9th September (this Saturday) - timetable below.

Please do head along to support finalists in what should be an entertaining day of tennis - including the highlight of WORLD RANKED Scott Duncan playing in Men's Singles!

Head on down to the Club, bring family and friends to enjoy the tennis on show.  Bring a dish to share and BYOB - sunshine would be good too.

Trophy presentation will follow each final on the day, with the evening event postponed and revitalised for next year's Finals to ensure as many of the membership can attend as possible, as a celebration of another great Club year!

Here's the timetable... good luck everyone!

Over 60s final - played tonight already
Mixed Doubles Final 10.30 am - Court 1
Mixed Doubles Plate Final 10.30 am - Court 2
Mens and Ladies Singles Finals - 1 pm - Courts 1 and 2
Mens and Ladies Doubles Finals - 2.30 pm - Courts 1 and 2
Mens Doubles Plate Final - 4 pm - Court 1 and 2
Ladies Doubles Plate Final - tbc
Junior Finals - tbc

Already played on Monday 4th and Tuesday 4th September:

Ladies Doubles Plate Final

Elizabeth Reid & Sue Ledingham WON vs. Shelagh McGuire & Louise (6-3 6-3) - Congratulations Elizabeth & Sue!

Over 60s Mixed Doubles

Michael & Louise WON vs. Elizabeth Reid & Sue Ledingham - congratulations Michael & Louise!

 

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS - SILVERWARE RETURN

Please can the current holders of Club Championship 2016 silverware return it to the clubhouse on dates and times in membership email sent 06/09 so these can be presented to 2017 winners on Finals' Day.  N.B. If you won silverware for other tournaments run during 2017 please hold onto this for the year, as it has been engraved for this year.

 

SUMMER CAMPS - SUCCESS!

Coaches Chico and Nina and their summer helpers successfully completed four weeks of summer camps over the season. Two in July and two in August.

A big thank you to all for supporting access to tennis and above all fun over the summer months AND to all those children who signed up and came along!

 

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017

Pleased to announce draws for this are now open and sign-up sheets are on the noticeboard in the clubhouse (thanks Stuart B and Dave D) - so head along there and sign up.  

These are open to all of our memberships and there are Senior and Junior sign up sheets.

You need to ensure you would be available for Finals Day in September when you sign up. 

We'd love to see a high amount of our memberships playing in the Club Championships this year, competing for your name on the silverware!

Sign up today - don't delay!

 

PRIVATE SUMMER CAMP & COURT UNAVAILABILITY

Please note there is a private summer camp which Chico will be coaching morning of w/c August 28th (to 1st September inclusive).  The top three courts will be out of action on those mornings, from 9.30 to 12.30p.m.

 

COACHING IN SUMMER

Looking for a coach in summer?  Chico is away and Nino has offered us coaching assistance in his absence.

To contact Nina and arrange your coaching session, please see her number on our 'Information' page.

 

SUMMER CAMP 2

The second of the summer camps this year is August 7th to August 11th - currently a.m. (primary school) age only.

Form in clubhouse/or 'Coaching' has been updated to enable you to download.  Please fill out a new form if you require August Camp and give to Nina or place in the envelope in the clubhouse.

All those attending Summer Camps please remember: Waterproof lightweight jacket; Water bottle; and snacks. 

 

AMERICAN TOURNAMENT

This year these are being run by Elaine, Virginia and Shelagh. The American Tournament on the 27th was rained off. The next of these tournaments is, therefore, this Saturday 5th August at 12.30 for 12.45 pm draw.

Join in the fun and win one of the prizes up for grabs!

 

THISTLE CUP - REVAMP

The Thistle Cup now has a base with a band, as when I took this to get engraved they said the Cup would've originally had a base with a band. This now shows the 2017 winners.

 

CLARKE TROPHY SUCCESS!

Many thanks to Virginia Elliot who ran the Clarke Trophy on Sunday 25th June.  Here is her match report and photos of winners and runners-up:

"What a fun afternoon the Clarke Trophy tournament was!  The weather was blustery but dry and the courts were ringing with laughter and good spirit as the multi-generational couples battled it out.

Elizabeth and Robert Reid (granny and grandson) along with Shelagh McGuire and Michael Elliot were a perfect blend of wily skill and experience, and youthful exuberance and speed!  Thea and Ward were a powerful force to be reckoned with and Julia and Elaine played fantastically although were disadvantaged by being the only all female couple.

After some very close battles, Shelagh and Michael finally triumphed with Simon and Virginia, and the talented Reid combo close on their heels.

The afternoon was made even more enjoyable by the arrival of Catriona Moir and her husband to spectate and also Jean Clarke and her son, John, to present the prizes.  Thanks again to the Clarke family for donating the cup - we hope we did it justice this afternoon and we certainly enjoyed competing for it.

Finally a lovely tea!  Thanks to all those who participated, baked and generally helped to make the afternoon such a success.

See you at the next American tournament on 23rd July if not before!"

Lovely to have both Jean Clarke and Catriona Moir down at the Club for this one, both long-standing members of BPLTC!

 

 2017 Winners Clarke Trophy      2017 Runners up Clarke Trophy

 

CLARKE TROPHY TOURNAMENT

Virginia is running this tournament. It's on Sunday - a 12.30 start.  Please head along to the Club to support her in this fun afternoon for members.

If you win the Final your names will be engraved on the Clarke Trophy.

Please bring something along for a tennis tea afterwards.

 

BPLTC PRIMARY SCHOOLS' CHALLENGE 2017 - SUCCESS!

Top effort from all involved in this fabulous event at Barnton Park Lawn Tennis Club on Thursday there - my goodness what an undertaking!  This is the first time this has been held for a year or two and so it took a little more planning to get everything coordinated.

Big thanks from Stuart, Jonathan and me (Melissa) to everyone involved on the day.  Huge amount of effort involved before during and after to make run smoothly. 

Special shout out to coaches Chico and Nina, all on-court helpers, especially Stuart Brown (Tennis Scotland - made the dream work), Dave Duncan (who couldn't be there on the day), Linda Gordon (Tennis Scotland), Jonathan Wallace (Active Schools), Ross W-H, Claire D, Alison and all the Sports Leaders which Stuart managed to secure us from The Royal High School*. Also Syl and Joe who came down to offer help and support on the day. All of you were epic and it couldn't have happened without you.

Thanks especially to the schools - Blackhall, Clermiston, Cramond and Davidson's Mains - who supplied around 300 happy customers (including all the P4s, all teachers and helpers who came to take part in the event). A lot of fun was definitely had by all!

Cramond won in the morning session; and Davidson's Mains won in the afternoon session. Two impressive shields were given out, which the respective schools will be engraved on and they retain until next year's Challenge. 

*Sports Leaders from RHS: Ewen N, Matthew M, Mohammed M, Taylor M, Matthew T, Jonathan H, Daniel M, Ben M and Lucas F.

   BPLTC PSC 2017 Stuart organising in morningBPLTC PSC 2017 decorated and readyJonathan Active Schools Coordinator

 

      BPLTC PSC 2017 Morning groups     BPLTC PSC 2017 Morning groups  

       BPLTC PSC 2017 Afternoon groups demo     BPLTC PSC 2017 afternoon groups

    BPLTC PSC Linda - on-court help  Coach Chico with in-court helpers    BPLTC PSC 2017 Coaches Chico and Nina     BPLTC PSC 2017 two RHS Sports Leaders

 

ADDITIONAL SUMMER CAMP - NEW

Nina has just announced that she will be doing a further tennis camp.  This will run on August 7th to 11th - morning and afternoon sessions.  Form in clubhouse/on Coaching has been updated to reflect this one.  Please fill out a new form if you require August Camp as Nina will be given these by Chico.

All those attending Summer Camps please remember: Waterproof lightweight jacket; Water bottle; and snacks. 

 

GALA TENNIS TASTER - UPDATE

Another successful Tennis Taster session completed. Low numbers and no home-baking at all sadly, however, those who did venture along were treated to Chico and Nina's undivided attention for two hours of fun and games.

Thank you to our Community minded Tesco in Davidson's Mains, who donated milk and also strawberries to the top Gala team for the event - strawberries sold like hot brownies, in the couple of rain breaks everyone soldiered on through.

Juliet, Gala Committee, thanked the Coaches and also the Club for allowing them to use the facilities for the event and will send written thanks shortly which will go up on the board.

We had interest from a number of people - around 8 - who would like to join the club/enrol their children - and also some interest in the Summer Camps, which are open to non-members.

New members always welcome - we're looking forward to seeing you around the club!

 

Gala - welcome desk   Gala Tennis Taster - poster   Gala Tennis Taster session

  

AMERICAN TOURNAMENT SUCCESS!

Thanks to Elaine and Virginia for running this tournament - here's the match report:
 
"A good turnout for this American tournament - and a great afternoon of tennis enjoyed by all.

An exciting final was played between  Ward and Mel and Adrian and Linda which provided great entertainment for the spectators who had the added bonus of basking in the long overdue afternoon sunshine.

After a hard fought battle, Ward and Mel were victorious and a delicious afternoon tea was enjoyed by all."
 
AT - Winners and Runners-up            AT - Winners
 
  

BPLTC WORKING GROUP - MORE THANKS

A big thank you to all those in the Working Group who worked away to get the pump working to clear the floodwater from the grounds. This turned out to be a bigger job than first thought and it is much appreciated. Special thanks to Joe Duffin and Syl Pearson for solutionising on this issue.

 

GALA TENNIS TASTER - GOOD NEWS!

Chico and Nino will both be along to give the FREE tennis taster sessions from 11 am to 1 pm tomorrow.

All ages welcome.  Rackets (and balls) will be provided but take your own if you prefer.

Refreshments - tea/coffee, home-baking, etc. available to buy

Weather looks to be good between these times so take the sunshine!

 

NEXT UP... AMERICAN TOURNAMENT 10TH JUNE @ 12.30

Elaine Barclay and Virginia Elliot are running this one so please head along and support them.

No silverware for this one but prizes for the two winners and the two runners-up!

Draw for initial partner then a different partner each round.

Great opportunity to meet others from the Club, whatever your skill level. All ages welcome.

 

TENNIS TASTER 11TH JUNE 11 - 1 PM

Home-bakers - your contributions please to the clubhouse by 11.

Join in the sessions or watch with a cup of tea/coffee and a cake!

 

SUMMER CAMPS - UPDATE

Forms have been redesigned and are up on the Juniors' board. There's also an envelope there to deposit completed forms for Chico or please give them straight to him, as soon as possible. Thanks.

 

LOST PROPERTY

All these items have been found in the clubhouse recently. Do you recognise any you forgot to take home. They're waiting for you on the sideboard by the table football. Also, a scooter has been in the clubhouse for a while and has been claimed. If you want to pick it up please phone 'Yvonne' on the number on Juniors' noticeboard.

 

Lost property items

 

SUMMER CAMPS

Chico has confirmed that there will be two camps of five days each. You can book for just some of the days if you can't make whole weeks. Please pay for all days required on first date you attend.

Form will be up on the Coaching page - and in the clubhouse - soon...

Please complete form and return to Chico, well ahead, so he can plan his lessons in advance, based on numbers attending each day.

 

GALA TENNIS TASTER - Sunday 11th June...

Tell your friends & family.  All welcome to come along to BPLTC for 2 hours fun with our coach. Come along and try tennis - all ages welcome.  

Rackets and balls to use on the day or bring your own racket if you prefer.

*BPLTC members home-baking please. Please bring along on the day just before 11 to the The Gala Committee's table in the clubhouse.*

 

AMERICAN TOURNAMENT NEXT...10th June

Elaine & Virgina will be running this on Sat 10th June. Please go along and support them.

 

AILEEN NOTMAN BOWL - SUCCESS

This was run by Shelagh (McGuire) on what was a lovely warm, sunny day for the tournament. 

This was played as a Round Robin Tournament, where partners were drawn from a hat and kept for the whole tournament.

The final was played between: Virginia Elliot & Simon Reeve vs. Julia Campbell & Jamie McGregor.  Virginia & Simon were the winners and got a bottle of Cava each and get their names engraved on the bowl which they then keep for a whole year!  Runners up prize, of choccies, to Julia & Jamie.

Many thanks to Shelagh for this one - much appreciated.

 

Aileen Notman Bowl winners - Virginia Elliot and Simon Reeve

 

Does anyone know the whereabouts of the coaster that belongs with the Aileen Notman Bowl?

 

GALA SWISH NIGHT - SUCCESS

A 2nd successful Swish night with around £300 raised on the night.  

The weather was almost too glorious, threatening to scupper the event but ,thankfully, people turned out in numbers to buy and to sit in the sunshine!

Well done Juliet!

<pics to follow>

 

AILEEN NOTMAN BOWL TOURNAMENT - NEXT SUNDAY - 28th MAY

This tournament will be run by Shelagh McGuire - ENTER WITH YOUR CHOSEN PARTNER - starts at 12.30.

This will be played as a Round Robin with a Final - entry £2. Please go along and give Shelagh your support and bring something to share with a cup of tea afterwards.

Aileen Notman Bowl is a fine rose-bowl style trophy and would look even lovelier, I'm sure, with your names engraved on it!

 

Aileen Notman Bowl (front)  Aileen Notman Bowl (back)

 

SPRING FLING & THISTLE CUP UPDATE

Great time was had by all - four rounds with a fabulous finish of a final between Ross Clarke (top man) and Shelagh McGuire (2nd lady) VS. Jenny Logue (top lady) and Ward Mulvern (2nd man).  

Congratulations to Ross and Shelagh (left) who won the Thistle Cup, engraved with their names forever more, and a bottle of Cava each! Our runners up Jenny and Ward (right) each won a presentation box of Celebrations.

 

2017 Thistle Cup winners      2017 Thistle Cup 2nd place

 

BPLTC GALA TENNIS TASTER SESSION

Courts 1 & 2 will be unavailable on Sunday 11th June, 11 'til 1.

Chico will run 2 x 1 hour FREE sessions for anyone who wants to give tennis a go.  All ages.

Rackets provided on the day but take along your own if you prefer.

Any BPLTC home-bakers - donations please for their refreshments stall (all proceeds to GALA funds).

 

GALA SWISH NIGHT - Friday 26th May - for the Ladies

BPLTC's clubhouse once again plays host to the Gala Swish Night run by Juliet Pound, of the Gala Committee.

Next Friday @7pm - tickets £5 on the door - includes a glass of Prosecco or wine! All items are £3 to buy.

BPLTC ladies more than welcome to go along.

"We are looking for donations of items as well as people coming along. Gorgeous items that for whatever reason just sit at the back of your wardrobe unworn.  Clothes, shoes, boots, jewellery, handbags and accessories - it's all about quality not quantity and in good condition. 

There will be other treats in store too and you may try before you buy.  

Items can be dropped off beforehand with Juliet [contact jmpound@blueyonder.co.uk] or at the tennis club on the night."

 

SPRING FLING & THISTLE CUP - Sunday 21st May, draw 12 noon

Good news - the Thistle Cup is back and has been polished up ready to be won by some lucky pair - for a whole year!

Style is American tournament - draw for first pairing only.

Dig deep for your best game and please bring something for a post-match tennis tea!

 

 Thistle Cup     

Don't forget to donate your (minimum) £2, at Thistle Foundation - Donate  

 

TROPHY ENGRAVING UP-TO-DATE

All engraving on trophies has been brought up to date. Four nickel plates which have been lost for a couple of years now were also replaced and Thistle Cup found. 

Club championship silverware - stickers on to remind lucky winners to return these by the beginning of September, year following your win. These will be presented to winner at Club Champs day/night (tbc).  

Tournament silverware - mentions will be given at Club Champs awards, to winners of silverware throughout the year so no need to return it, until just before the tournament you won it.

I started a folder of information about club things.  For the silverware, I've noted all the years and names and will add photos. This would help if lost.  

 

BPLTC WORKING GROUP

A big thank you to all those who have worked tirelessly on many jobs around the clubhouse and grounds to fix various things and really spruce it all up.  You know who you are and it is much appreciated.

 

2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

This was recently emailed out to all membership. Please hang on to this, and come along to some of the events planned. 

All the silverware engraving is up to date and all missing cups/plates are now back in play.  You could be one of our 2017 winners!

 

2017 COACHING PROGRAMME

Chico's full 2017 Coaching Programme has been added to Coaching as a printable document.

Please take a look and see if there's a group session you'd like to join in with.  Waiting for Nina to confirm back when her Cardio sessions begin again.

Non-members can join most, if not all, of the coaching classes listed, for just £2 extra per session, in most cases.

 

MEMBERS RENEWAL TIME and REFRESHED FORM FOR 'NEW MEMBERS' 

This year we've decided to make the MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FORM available on our website.  This will also be sent out to you shortly.

This is due for return with appropriate fee - NO LATER THAN 21st APRIL - OR YOU WILL BE DEEMED TO HAVE RESIGNED FROM THE CLUB.

Please print, complete and return the form to the Treasurer - return name and address detailed on the form. 

New membership form has also been refreshed.

Both 'Renewal' and 'New' forms are available on our Membership page.

 

EASTER CAMPS - FORM AVAILABLE - SIGN UP NOW!

Sessions by Chico 3rd - 7th April (Mon to Fri) and 10th - 14th April (Mon to Fri) - see 'Coaching' for full details and PRINTABLE FORM.

Please print, complete form and hand in to Chico - ASAP.  

Posters and flyers up tomorrow - please take a flyer for yourself or friends.

Members and Non-members welcome to these sessions.  To qualify for Member prices your child must have been member since January.

 

COACHING NEWS and WEDDING 'BELLE'!

Chico told me at the weekend that his sister Nina, our other coach, is getting married, to Peter, on Monday 27th March.  All congratulations from the club go to you Nina and Peter. Hope the sun shines on you both and you are blessed with a long and happy life together!

Please note there will be no coaching JUST on Monday 27th as Chicco and Nina both have lots of other jobs keeping them busy that day.

 

BPLTC WORKING GROUP and TRAILER NOT REQUIRED

Some of our Senior members have been busy at the club on various maintenance work and improvements ("Thank you").

Trailer no longer required. The group have decided to make a virtue out of a problem by chipping this to make mulch for 'Barnton in Bloom'project.

Special mention has been requested amongst the many things they've been busy on for the wooden toilet seat, installed by Syl Pearson, in the Ladies.  Sadly this can only be enjoyed by the ladies but it's proving a real hit already! 

<Photos coming soon...>

 

KITCHEN and CLUBHOUSE SPRING CLEAN (Sunday 19th March)

In readiness for the busy use of our club throughout the tennis season, Alison Macartney organised a group of willing volunteers to blitz the clubhouse and kitchen. Our thanks to this top team for their contribution towards the success of this - making our clubhouse a nicer place to be for us all, for upcoming events. 

 

THE ROGY TOUR - SUCCESS (Saturday 18th March)

Massive thanks to Neil Harden, Vincent Hivert ('The Rogy Tour' coaches running the tournament), David Duncan (arranging this), Stuart Brown (tournament outside and kitchen stint inside) and Andy Macartney (our Junior Co-ordinator). There were 35+ entrants for these U8, U9 and U10 events on the day. A very busy day of tennis!

Thanks go to all my willing volunteers on clubhouse and refreshments, our Senior supporters and those parents of competitors supporting entrants.

Special thanks to Shelagh McGuire who was a stalwart helper on the stall from the start and throughout the day. Also to Kara (Heiton) and Vaila (Leask), two willing girl helpers serving on bake stall and taking orders for us, from 3 pm to the absolute end of the event which ran on until 7 pm. This voluntary work counts towards their JASS* - very well deserved.

Lovely to have David (Abbott) back with us helping at this too with Lesley (Abbott), early support of Gordon Hay Smith (Treasurer & Membership) and all others who did a stint with me on refreshments, including Pat Syme, Sally Ross, Cat Heiton and Claire Dunlop.  

The last minute response to my home-baking request was epic. Despite over abundance of bacon, the lovely baking, 'fire sale' of baking bags in last hour and my buy-back of half a pig and some of the dairy, ensured we made a £45 profit from the event - where intention from these is merely break-even.

These events are all about getting the children tennis tournaments to bring them on and help them succeed (especially in their quest to be the next Andy Murray or Johanna Konta!) - in that alone this was a resounding success.

<Photos and winners coming soon...>

*Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) is a progressive learning programme for young people which has been designed to recognise wider achievement. Learn more about JASS.

 

WIMBLEDON BALLOT UPDATE

An email has now been sent out to the membership with date and time of Club's ballot. If you have LTA membership and also opted in on the LTA site you will be eligible for our draw. Full rules will go on display in clubhouse this week.

Good luck everybody!  Exiting times.

 

ROGY TOUR @BPLTC - Saturday 18th March

ROGY Tour (U8, U9 and U10) is on tomorrow at BPLTC - 35 signed up so should be a busy one! Starts 1 pm.


Top 3 courts unavailable until after 6 pm.  
Chicco will swith to coach on Courts 1 & 2 from 12.30.


Assistance: for kitchen/stall, to provide your best home-baking OR come as top BPLTC supporters please!  Big thank you to those who confirmed already.


Why not come down, catch-up with other tennis folks, watch some great up and coming players and enjoy some tasty treats!

 

WIMBLEDON  BALLOT - CLUB

Please bear with us while we are working on the process and a date for the Club draw.

 

ROGY IN THE PARK DOUBLES with SHELTER SCOTLAND

This is on at the Meadows Tennis Park on Sunday 26th February.

Events are:

8U, 9U, 10U [Mixed] Doubles 10 to 12noon

12U, 14U, 18U Boys Doubles 12.30 pm onwards

12U, 14U, 18U Girls Doubles 12.30 pm onwards

A portion of the entries and all cafe proceeds will be donated to Shelter Scotland.

Individual and team entries are open until 22nd February on the LTA website (tournament code ESC16W6782).

Further information from: rogybeasttour@gmail.com or 'Like' The ROGY TOUR on Facebook.

 

TROPHY ENGRAVING

This has suffered a delay returning these to you while we got to the bottom of the historical wins, to bring all of these trophies bang up to date, got a couple of minor additions/repairs done and photographed these. With the exception of one or two blank lines still tbc, this will soon be complete and these will then be returned to the 2016 winners! Apologies for the delay on these but it will make it worth the wait. Rumours these may even be gleaming when returned will be quashed at source! 

 

WIMBLEDON BALLOT - OPT IN NOW CLOSED

This has now closed for this year but I'm sad to report that the Opt-ins for the number of members we have who are eligible was low again this year.  This sadly means the the pro-rata allocation for Barnton Park LTC will be lower than it potentially could be.

Please could you pin a note to the noticeboard by the hatch next time you're in the clubhouse to let us know if there's anything we can do to help you with this next year, even if you don't wish to go yourself.  You do it on the LTA website and it takes only a minute to opt yourself in.

We'd really like to aim to get closer to 100% of our eligible members opted in which would mean loads more chances to win, for those people who really would love to go to Wimbledon.

 

BPLTC - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 

Held at the end of January this sadly saw the resignation or Jacqui Duncan (President), Lesley Abbott (Vice President) and Jenny Logue (House Convenor), and Lesley Grant (General Committee) - sorry if I've missed anyone else.  The Club owes each resigning member a huge debt of gratitude for their years of service. We very much look forward to still seeing you all around the Club, and involved in teams, socials and tournaments as eager volunteers.

President and Vice President roles currently remain unfilled and we are running with a revised model this year.  Should any member feel they wish to take up either of these roles, please speak to Jacqui or Lesley about what's involved in the roles.  

Catriona Moir was appointed Club Secretary at the AGM.

David Duncan, Melissa W-H, Gordon Hay-Smith, Andrew Macartney, Alison Macartney, Rosemary Davidson and Melanie Gillies remain in Committee positions.

A proposal was tabled at the AGM to put in place a number of sub-committees to help with the workload at the Club to ensure this is light touch for everyone and no one has too much to do.  At the time of writing I can't confirm this in detail however, a number of people came forward to offer assistance with social events and facilities repairs and upkeep.  Many hands can only make for less work for all. The Club belongs to all it's many and varied members and by coming forward and pitching in, it keeps it fun for everyone.  So thanks to all you willing volunteers.

A copy of AGM Minutes will be made available on the main Notice board (in door to left) in due course.

 

Club News 2016

 

CHRISTMAS DRINKS - RESULTS ARE IN...

Christmas drinks were a great success attended by around 40 members from our youngest talent to our older.  A very jolly way to end the calendar with the Cava, canapés and especially the Schlöer (great suggestion from Syl) going down well with everyone. There was also a Free Prize Draw, donated, won by Pat Syme.  Sadly no photo as she'd left by the announcement but Virginia Elliot offered to present it to her on the Club's behalf, so she would have it before the holidays. Thanks to everyone - team success!

 

ARE YOUR DETAILS UP TO DATE?

Calling all membership. If your contact details have changed e.g. new email, mobile no., etc., please can you make sure Gordon, our Treasurer and Membership Convenor is updated by the start of next season, so you don't miss out on what's happening at the Club. That would be fab. Thanks.

A percentage of members sadly never open emails sent and we're working hard to reduce this number so we increase our engagement with all our membership.

 

*~*~*MEMBERS' CHRISTMAS DRINKS*~*~*

Start your season of celebrations off by joining us at BPLTC for 'Cava and canapés'. Please check your email for details and hold that date for us! It would be great if you could RSVP to give an idea of numbers but don't worry if you can't - all members warmly welcome! Please remember to look at your email, a reminder email will be issued nearer the date...

 

SOCIAL TENNIS SESSIONS

Social Tennis sessions on days throughout the week - including weekends - continue through as weather permits. On Wednesday sessions, there is also a well-established table tennis group amongst our 'Super Seniors' which still goes ahead if weather is poor. Members are welcome to join in.

 

NEW FLOODLIGHTS

These were installed to two of the top courts this year and finally connected in September.

We, at the Club, are all hugely grateful to both David and Jacqui Duncan for making this happen. It is this year's big Club facilities improvement and has taken a substancial effort, working with the various organisations, establishments and community individuals to make this happen for us. These have been well used already.

Kindly, please note there is a curfew of 10 p.m. on the use of all floodlights at the Club.

 

JUNIORS

Congratulations to all Juniors who took part in the many tournaments throughout 2016 - winners, runners-up and not-winners-this-time!  In particular we'd like to praise the increased numbers of successes by the girls.

Sadly the Girls Singles (U18s) silver cup (and glass trophies to keep) wasn't awarded this year as nobody put their names up to enter the Club Championships for this.

Please do put your name up next year. This - as with all our Junior tournaments - is for member entrants of all tennis ability and if you do win, your name is engraved on the Club's 'Girls Singles Cup', etching your win into the history of the Club. 

 

QUIZ NIGHT, THISTLE CUP,  AILEEN NOTMAN BOWL AND 2016/2017 CALENDARS

We've run out of road to hold these three events this year.

We're working on Social and Tournament calendar for 2017 with a view to reducing number of other tournaments in a month again so silverware tournaments are the main focus of us coming together.  These trophies are for everyone at the Club to enter, of whatever tennis ability, and the taking part is meant to be as much part of the tournament as the winning. Please do enter next year - we love any excuse to catch-up down at the Club!

In line with a 'customer panel' idea submitted we'll look to run a new tournament for our 'Super Seniors' only. 

The end of the season is marked by the Club Championships presentation end of September, followed by the Barnton Park LTC Centenary Open (attracting Juniors from all over the UK) wrapping up the season on a high.

Christmas Drinks at the club in December is the last organised social of the year.

 

PADEL TENNIS - MEN'S SOCIAL TRIP

Stuart Brown, Men's Captain, organised this. 

Padel (or Paddle) is typically played in doubles on an enclosed court a third the size of a tennis court. Scoring is the same and balls used are similar but with a little less pressure. The main differences are that the court has walls and the balls can be played off them in a similar way as in the game of squash and that solid, stringless racquets are used. The height of the ball being served must be at or below the waist level.

The sport was invented in Acapulco, Mexico by Enrique Corcuera in 1969. It is currently most popular in Hispanic American countries such as Argentina and Mexico as well as in Spain and Andorra, although it is now beginning to spread rapidly across Europe and other continents.

A merry band of nine went along to Edinburgh Sports Club and had a great session. He's hoping to have another social to this again soon.

 

AEGON TEAM TENNIS - RESULTS ARE IN!

Congratulations to the following Barnton Park LTC Junior Girls and Boys teams, who were the winners of their Divisions in the Aegon Team Tennis, East of Scotland leagues this year:

 

  • 18&U Girls Division 1
  • 18&U Boys Division 2 
  • 16&U Girls Division 1
  • 12&U Girls Division 1

 

These wonderful pennants have been pinned onto the Juniors board in the Clubhouse, to the right of the door.

Well done to all teams that entered and thanks to Andy Macartney, Junior Coordinator,  for his efforts in organising sign up and for support of all Parent Team Captains!

This is an amazing result for the Junior teams and BPLTC. You've all done us proud!

Don't forget to sign up again next year!

 

Winners pennants

 

BARNTON PARK CENTENARY CHALLENGE JUNIOR OPEN SUCCESS!

A tennis fest weekend starting with U8s and U9s on Friday leading a frantic Saturday and a busy Sunday for Open Tournament organisers Jacqui Duncan (President) and Dave Duncan (our qualified tournament Referee). They did a fabulous job of organising venue, entrants and volunteers and tournament draw - both main draw and consolation matches!

Open to anyone from far North to far South and west to east, we had players from all over competing for our coveted  Silver cup(s) (which they keep for a year) and top glass trophies (which they keep forever)!

Special thanks to Jacqui and Dave without whom this wonderful tournament simply would not run, Lesley Abbott (Vice President) helping most of the weekend too, Andy Macartney for all his support of the Juniors, to all ladies who volunteered to do a stint in the kitchen or on the stall, to all the home-bakers who came up trumps and to all the supporters and eaters of bacon baps and top tuck.

A wonderful three days of top tennis, nice chats and helping others succeed in glorious sunshine!

 

CAPTAINS' BBQ SUCCESS!

Andy Macartney passed on his thanks for those who made it along. A great time was had by all!

 

HAVE YOU LOST ANYTHING?

  1. There are two boxes of abandoned clothes in the clubhouse. Soon one box will go to charity and the other to landfill. The boxes are in the corner by the door. If you're in and you think you've left something at the club take please take a look.

 

CAPTAINS' BBQ

Andrew Macartney sent an email about this to all those Captains who expressed an interest.  Please confirm back as soon as possible if going along, for an idea of numbers. BBQ - pizza if it rains!

 

BARNTON PARK CENTENARY CHALLENGE JUNIOR OPEN

This event is Sept 30th, Oct 1st and Oct 2nd.  Please roll up your sleeves and Bake, Bake, Bake!  We need your fabulous Barnton Park LTC Baking favourites to sell with teas & coffees on the day.

HELPERS WANTED. Sign up on sheets in the clubhouse - even just for an hour or so.

We especially need supporters, to come down and buy from our hot kitchen or baking stall and watch some fabulous tennis with your refreshments! 

Bring the sunshine! 

 

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS SUCCESS!

Another successful Club Championships has successfully come and gone.

Thank you so much to all those who entered the Club Champs.  A huge amount of work went into this by President Jacqui Duncan and husband and Facilities Manager, David Duncan - from rules, to organisation and Finals day itself! Andy Macartney, Club Junior Co-ordinator, also did a sterling job with the Junior section of the Championships and their Finals events.

Great to see a whole cross-section of our membership either playing in matches, finals matches or supporting other members who were playing. Numbers were lower than previous years for both players and supporters but those who came along thoroughly enjoyed the day and most were back again for the evening Presentation Event and dinner.

'Star guest' Scott Duncan was in the finals who many of you will know has come up through the Club boy to man, and now has World Ranking Points. In fact the whole Duncan family - Jacqui, Dave, Scott and Claire - made various finals which is surely some sort of BPLTC record! In our Over 60s Plate, David Scott, a past President of many years served, signed up and made it to the Club Finals this year.  

New member Yvonne Boughton with doubles partner Syl Pearson vs. Elizabeth Reid with doubles partner David Scott, played the Over 60s Plate on the day with tennis admired by all.

Finals included: Over 60s Mixed; Men's/Ladies' Singles; Men's/Ladies' Doubles; Mixed Doubles; U18s; U16s; and U14s finals, with other Junior finals i.e. U12s and U9s, etc having played out on Friday evening.

Supporters were treated to a tennis-fest (and pretty windy conditions at times) across all three of our refurbished top courts, as various finals played throughout the day - many at the same time on separate courts.  It was hard to know which match to keep watching when!  A superb standard of tennis from everyone. 

Lesley Abbott, Vice President, presented all the prizes at the evening Club Champs Presentation Event and Dinner, assisted by fellow Committee Member, Jenny Logue, and with a summary of the Junior entries and Finals from Andy Macartney.

Two of our younger Juniors came along to collect their prizes on the night which everyone was delighted to see. Thanks to all those who brought for the dinner especially Elizabeth Reid for her fabulous Chocolate Trifle and new members the Graves who brought the most amazing Chocolate & Raspberry Gateau!

We had new members along both during the day and at the Presentation Party which was great and everyone had nice chats to bring the main Club season to a close. That said, we still have the Barnton Park Centenary Challenge Open which is a huge event for the Club, open to players all over UK, the Captains BBQ, two tournaments not yet played due to rearranged dates, Floodlights switch-on event (with fizz), Quiz Night, Christmas Drinks and all the usual coaching, training and Social Tennis sessions various days - so don't put your rackets in for re-stringing just yet!

Come and join us!

[Link to list of winners to be added here shortly...] - check back soon.

 

WIMBLEDON BALLOTS - PUBLIC and CLUB - double your chances!

It's that time of year again... Opt-in request for BTM Wimbledon (Club allocation) Ballot 2017 is underway. In addition, the UK [Wimbledon Public] Ballot for The Championships 2017 is also open!

  • BTM Wimbledon Ballot 2017 (Club Ballot)

Sign up to the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and name our Club as your venue - this is free and is a requirement for entry.  In addition once registered you have to Opt-in to the BTM Wimbledon Ballot for 2017 now and EACH YEAR around this time.  An email has just been sent out for 2017 or you can log in and go directly to the LTA website, log in and Opt-in.

Only each club member who does this a) increases number of pairs of tickets the Club is allocated for our April/May Wimbledon Member Ballot Draw at the Club; and b) becomes eligible to take part in our Club Draw!

Why delay? Sign up and Opt-in today!

  • UK Ballot for The Championships 2017 (Wimbledon Public Ballot)

To enter this, use the Wimbledon UK Ballot for The Championships 2017 and follow the six steps on the page.

In summary, send a self addressed envelope (S.A.E), of a specified size,  for a form which they aim to send back within two weeks.  There are additional details for wheelchair/Overseas applicants too. Remember to fill out your form and return it by 31st December 2016 latest.  

When posting, you're advised to post early to allow time for queries, the event that your application goes missing or to avoid postal delays in December. 

Ticket dispatch begins in second week of May 2017, continuing into June 2017.  

 Thanks to Catrina Moir for the Public Ballot link and details.

 

Under 12 - BOYS and GIRLS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS SIGN UP

Email went out about this and sign up sheets were in the clubhouse, with deadline Thursday 8th Sep for sign up. 

 

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS DRAW ANNOUNCED!

For those not already aware, the draw has been announced and is up in the Clubhouse.  Thanks to Jacqui and Dave Duncan for organising this.  Please check the board and aim to play your matches by the cut-off date.  

Finals Day is Saturday 24th September.  Please come along and support on the day, even if not playing - even if you can just drop by for a while.

 

CUSTOMER PANEL - SUGGESTION BOX

Thanks you to those who continue to put your suggestions on how to improve your club - very much appreciated.

Feedback's up in the clubhouse in form of a brightly coloured poster with response tickets next to each.  Some suggestions need Committee discussion but some have already been put in place:

  • Current member list with phone/email contact available and will keep updated
  • New payment system for Junior/Senior guests displayed on 'Juniors' board with rules and how to pay. No money is left in the clubhouse.
  • Some work around the bottom courts took place; with challenge of balls rolling out under the fence at the end of Courts 1&2 now resolved.

 

Three other suggestions  were posted since I put the mindmap up here on club news:

  • An evening session under the start for older children and adults only - sadly not do-able as a) can't see the ball and b) floodlights off around 10 pm
  • Change the interior design of the clubhouse a bit - this is one for Committee but there are changes to the clubhouse tabled for discussion
  • Cover one of the courts so can play even in bad weather - Committee to discuss - did come up at the last meeting and so will consider this again

 

AILEEN NOTMAN BOWL - POSTPONED 3rd SEPTEMBER

This has been postponed as Coaching/Club Championship match will need Courts 1 & 2 and Courts 3 to 5 are needed for a Judy Murray Roadshow event.  Looking to rearrange this in Oct/Nov. Unfortunately this does mean that this silverware won't be presented at Finals Presentation event but winners will instead pick up the cup on the day it's played later in the year.  

 

THISTLE CUP - POSTPONED from start of year

This was postponed at start of season due to other events.  Looking to rearrange this before the end of the year but like the Aileen Notman Bowl this means the silverware won't be presented at Finals Presentation event but instead on the day it's played later in the year.  This tournament is where members are encouraged to invite someone, as their doubles partner, that they know from another tennis club, entering together.

Entrance fee and any further donations made on the day, are traditionally donated to 'The Thistle Foundation' - I'm reliably informed, so please note, the silverware is the only prize for this one.

Please bring your donations on the day or you can give your donation directly to our treasurer, Gordon Hay Smith - just let him know it's for 'The Thistle Foundation'.  There is a rumour that there'll also be a couple of nice raffle prizes drawn at the tournament...

  

SCOTT QUAICH - rearranged and played 27th August

A very enjoyable tournament was had by all!  A merry band turned up already paired off with doubles partners and David Scott joined us making a guest appearance to talk to everyone in the clubhouse.

David is a previous 'many years' President of Barnton Park Lawn Tennis Club and originally presented the club with the Scott Quaich around 20 years ago. It was lovely to have him with us for the tournament and next year I'll be inviting him to come along to formerly present the prizes!

We also had our reigning Vice President with us on the day, playing in the tournament - so thanks to Lesley Abbott.

The winners were Shelagh McGuire & Ross Witney-Hunter, with 2nd place going to Virginia Elliot & Michael Elliot.  Shelagh and Ross receive the Scott Quaich trophy for a year which will be engraved and presented to them at the Finals Presentation event.  

Rounded off with a top tennis tea.  Well done all!

 

Scott Quaich engraving     Scott Quaich - complete trophy    Scott Quaich winners  

 

 

SCOTT QUAICH tournament

Sadly this was RAINED OFF.  This has been rearranged for Saturday 27th August!  This mounted Quaich is a lovely piece of our silverware which the winner(s) get to parade out for a whole year - names will also be engraved on this.

Come along and have a go!  Look forwarded to seeing you on the day - only £2 entry (1st and 2nd get additional fun prizes).

 

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS - ENTRY SHEETS UP IN CLUBHOUSE!

That all-season awaited event has arrived and the entry sheets for the Club Championships are now up in the clubhouse, until Saturday 27th August, when they'll be taken down so that the draw can be made.

There are some changes this year so full details about this and rules around the Championships have been posted above the entry sheets on the board.  One change is that everyone enters the main draw i.e. Men's, Ladies, Mixed Doubles, Doubles and if they lose their initial match in the main draw they're then entered for the relevant plate draw.  You can't directly enter the plate.  This gives everyone a minimum of two games in the Championships.  The number of events you can enter has also been reduced to 4,  to allow all the games to be played before the end date.  

Please read through the rules on the board (or emailed to you) and catch Jacqui or Dave for any further questions.  

Good luck and remember to put the Finals Prize Presentation Party in your diary!

 

DAVIS CUP - SEMI FINAL TICKETS - BTM members dedicated sale window

Tickets go on sale, to British Tennis Members and to 2015 and 2016 previous Davis Cup bookers in a dedicated window from 10 am on 25th August to 5pm on 29th August ahead of general sale which starts 30th August.  Please find more details and a seating plan (download to enlarge) on the LTA website Davis Cup page.  

Semi-finals confirmed venue is in Glasgow, weekend Friday 16th September to Sunday 18th September at the Emirates Arena, London Road.  There is a nearby station and parking is offered in nearby Celtic football ground's car park (booking advisable approx £10). 

 

CUSTOMER PANEL - SUGGESTION BOX - RESULT!

This has had its first empty and thank you to everyone - you know who you are - for your constructive suggestions.  I'm glad to see everyone read my basic rules (see below) and gave the kind of suggestions I was hoping for!  I will put these comments up in the Clubhouse (minus names) and this 'Mind map' of your suggestions, which has been passed out to the Committee for us to discuss.  I divide this up into 'quick hits' and 'longer term' for some initial progress.

We even got a membership form posted into the box which I posted in to Gordon Hay Smith, Treasurer/Membership, so the Suggestion Box turned a profit!

Keep posting please! This is your club and this is yet another chance for you to be part of its success!  I aim to empty this once a month.

 

MEN'S TEAM SOCIAL EVENT...

Sadly this was RAINED OFF  so Stuart B will try to rearrange this!

 

WIMBLEDON - PUBLIC BALLOT - The Secrets (almost) out...

Hands up who knows about the Public Ballot for Wimbledon?  No me neither...

Catrina Moir has been trying to impart this information to members but each year they tend to ask her about it when they see her at our Club Ballot and it's all over for that year, as applications for this start much earlier than the Club Ballot (ours is around end of April each year).  

I'm going to send an email which will be with members soon with some more details, passed on from Catrina, on how to apply to this; double your chances!

Following that email, feel free to thank Catrina in person when you see her!

*Details by email soon*... get your stamped self-address envelope ready...

 

AMERICAN TOURNAMENT SUCCESS - 6th August!

What do points make? Prizes!

A top tournament with a tenacious turnout. We had fun. We had chats. We had winners. We had a top tennis tea!

Played over three rounds, ending in an exciting final of 1st man (Michael Elliot) and 2nd lady (Elizabeth Reid) vs. 2nd Man (Ross Witney-Hunter) 1st lady Elaine Barclay, the winners of a final with a nail-biting finish, collecting 1st Prize this month were: Elizabeth Reid and Michael Elliot, with Runners-up, picking up 2nd Prize: Elaine Barclay and Ross Witney-Hunter.  

Well done to all those who came along and took part. Special thanks to Ross W-H who postponed his match until later, at another club, to join in so everyone had a partner for the draw. Phew!

We finished tennis and tea just ahead of the rain. Always a plus! If you're new to the Club and come along to one of these events as a supporter please feel free to join in the post-match tea - that way you can meet other members.

 

American Tournament winners - August

 

SCOTT QUAICH 20th AUGUST - Silverware trophy

The Scott Quaich is 20th August.  This tournament is entered with a doubles partner, where the pairings must be a Senior member paired with a Junior member.

In a change this year to encourage 'joint' entries I'll put up a sheet (with a Senior and Junior column) in the clubhouse this Saturday (13th Aug).  Seniors, please put your name alongside any Junior who has put their name up where there's a blank in column next to them and Juniors, please print your name in a space next to any Senior's name.  If no partially filled entries, please add your name, under your column, in next available blank row. If you have already made a Senior/Junior pairing just write both your names in matched together.  Easy!

It's better if you do enter your name on the sheet but if you haven't managed please come along anyway on the day and we will aim to pair you - worst case you'll have to support the entries (and help make the teas!). 

Please remember to bring something for a post-match tennis tea - always nice to have a balance of sweet and savoury.

  

BP MEMBER'S QUIZ NIGHT

Postponed Quiz Night now planned for November; date to follow shortly...  Start dusting off that tennis and general knowledge and dare to dazzle with your depth of knowledge, defying Dave Duncan a victory with his quick-fire quiz questions and quality photo rounds!

 

CAPTAIN's BBQ - save the date!

Andy Macartney has proposed a BBQ, on 1st October at BP, to reward all the Parent Captains/Captains of Junior teams and Captains of Senior teams (pizza/takeaway if weather is poor)!  Come along and celebrate your success! If you could email Andy so he gets an idea of numbers that would be great - an email will come out nearer the time. 

 

MEN'S TEAMS SUMMER SOCIAL EVENT - FRIDAY 19th AUGUST

Stu Brown, Men's Captain, has arranged a BBQ & Touch Tennis Competition at BP on Friday 19th August to reward all those who played in the Barnton Park Men's teams this season.

Come down and make this the success you all deserve!  An inaugural Barnton Park Touch Tennis Competition (good fun and a real leveller).

Arrive around 6 pm with Touch Tennis Tournie starting 6.45 pm.

Please email Stu (stuart.f.brown@hotmail.co.uk) with what you're planning to bring along i.e. Burgers x 4, burger buns x 8 or brownies, etc. and whether or not you're entering the Touch Tennis, so he can make sure there's a mixture of bbq/savoury/sweet stuff and confirmation of numbers.  Please BYOB/soft drinks too!

Bring the sunshine!

 

SUGGESTION BOX

Currently trialling a 'Customer Panel - Suggestion Box' which has been placed in the clubhouse (just to right as you go in) and will be intermittently emptied.  Please feel free to pop your suggestions in there (paper supplied, beside the box).  There are a few ground rules:

  • All BPLTC Club related suggestions, only, considered
  • No named individuals in comments please
  • Can be anonymous from you
  • Constructive suggestions only please

Let's improve your 'customer experience' as members i.e. amendments to anything existing in club; new things/tournaments/sessions you'd like, Seniors, Juniors, Intermediate, Student, Lesser-abled, sessions, coaching, facilities changes, etc.

As an example, some members other day a suggested dishwasher (12 place settings to accommodate matches) which couldn't be left unattended but most agreed they'd be prepared to come to switch on next day/wait for/empty, etc.

Everything will be discussed by the Committee and those agreed will form an agreed backlog of things to be worked on, as budget permits.

  

SUMMER CAMPS 3 & 4

Start next week. Summer Camp 3 is 1st to 5th August and Summer Camp 4 is 8th to 12th August. Both camps will be run by our coaching team member Nina Szownadze, with coaching helper Ross Witney-Hunter.

Application forms are on the Coaching page (towards the bottom). There's a word doc if you'd like to complete it and email it to Nina OR there's a .pdf version for printing and handing it in. Forms should be with Nina, latest, on first day of session. Payment for your week is due on first day of your camp (make cheques payable to: Nina Szownadze).

If you're wondering about coming along do - why not do both camps and tell your friends!  Members £75/week Non-Members £100/week.

 

AMERICAN TOURNAMENT - AUGUST

The next American tournament is on 6th August. Please come along for some top tennis, top company, top prizes and top team-effort tennis tea. Member supporters always welcome too. Draw at 1 pm.

 

SAD NEWS

President of BPLTC, Jacqui Duncan, emailed out to members to inform them (28/07/16) that Mary Maxwell, one of our long-time members, passed away last Wednesday.  Mary was an active member of the Club for many years, playing in the Ladies' teams and participating in the many social tennis activities of the Club.

A service is to be held on Monday 8th August at 10 am - full details for members can be found in Jacqui's email.

Our condolences go out to her many friends at this sad time.

 

AMERICAN TOURNAMENT JULY SUCCESS!

A wonderful day of tennis, played across three courts in perfect tennis conditions, was enjoyed by all.

With plenty of laughter and lovely chats throughout with a lovely post-match tennis tea.

Thanks to everyone who came along including Linda Birrell and our still relatively new members Jamie and Ward. I'd especially like to thank Ward for running off to get milk for the teas and for Bill McGuire for coming along to support and provide me with top chats while everyone was busy playing. Stars!

The final was a set of hotly contested 7 games, played between: Ross Witney-Hunter (top man) & Catrina Moir (2nd lady) vs. Wendy Ni (top lady) & Ward Mulvey (2nd man).

Winners were Catrina (left) & Ross (2nd left) with Runners-up Wendy (2nd right) & Ward (right)!

Well done to everyone. A great afternoon!

 

American Tournament July winners!

 

 

AMERICAN TOURNAMENT - JULY 2016

Come along and join in the American Tournament on Sat. 23rd July 2016.  All members welcome (children 9+ but come along if younger and feel your tennis is up to a tournament with adults of mixed abilities).

Entry is £2 (to cover prizes) and draw will be made at 1 pm.

Remember to bring something to share for the all important post-match tennis tea please.  Some sunshine would be brill too!

 

SUMMER CAMP 2 (of 4) SUCCESS!

All the children had a second fantastic week of top tennis training from Chico and Nino at BPLTC with coaching assistants Ross Witney-Hunter, Douglas Macartney and Ross Macartney.

The weather held, except for one day, which looked very wet but dried up in time for the first session of the day.

Around 25 children attended the second camp and Chico, Nina and coaching assistants have now headed off for a well-deserved break.

The next two tennis camps are in August - please book now by emailing ninoszo@live.co.uk  to avoid disappointment.  Forms can be printed from link on COACHING page and some forms are available in Clubhouse (bottom of Events board).

3rd Summer Camp - 1st to 5th August

4th Summer Camp  - 8th to 12th August

 

SUMMER CAMP 1 (of 4) SUCCESS!

This week (4th to 8th July) has seen the completion of the FIRST OF OUR FOUR summer camps, by Coaches Chico and Nina and coaching assistants Ross Witney-Hunter, David Abbott and Ross Macartney.

Forty children attended and enjoyed their full-on, fun coaching sessions. This is an amazing number of budding tennis players!

There are 3 further camps this summer, this Monday 11th July to 15th July and in August, 1st to 5th and also 8th to 12th.

Anyone school age can come along to these.  Each week is £75 for members and £100 for non-members - great value for money I'm sure you'll agree!

To book, forms are available in the Clubhouse or on this site, near the bottom of the Coaching page.  Book now or bring form and payment for the week, along to first day of your camp.  Cheques payable to: 'Nodar Shovnadze'.

Some places currently still available for next week - morning and afternoon - as number of teens are booked in for afternoon sessions already next week.

 

 

CLARKE TROPHY TOURNAMENT SUCCESS!

The rain held off, even for the final!  A merry band of individuals including new Senior member, Jamie and a new Junior member, Ethan, took part in this, one of our longest running tournaments.  Some good tennis fun was had by all over three rounds played and in the final.

Top scoring doubles partners, Michael Elliot (end left) and Elizabeth Reid (end right) competed against second highest scoring doubles partners, Elaine Barclay (second left) and Ethan Mccathie (second right), in a hotly contested final.  Michael and Elizabeth were our winners and get to share our prestigious Clarke Trophy silverware over the next year - returning this to next year's tournament, played in June.

Well done to both our winners and runners-up!

Please return your tophy ahead of formal Club Presentation night, so President (Jacqui Duncan) can present these to our lucky winners. Email will be sent out by Jacqui Duncan with returns request nearer this September date. 

 Clarke Trophy Tournament

 

CLARKE TROPHY TOURNAMENT - THIS SUNDAY 26th JUNE. DRAW @12.30

This Sunday is the Clarke Trophy Tournament.  This trophy and tournament were introduced into BPLTC by long term BPLTC members Graham and Jean Clarke & family and it is held every year around this time, with a silver trophy awarded to the winners - retained for one whole year! 

Doubles partnerships should have a combined age of over 75.  Please feel free to arrange your own pairings ahead of Sunday, however a draw will take place at 12.30 on the day to ensure everyone who turns up and wants to enter, has a partner to enable them to compete.

Please come along and support this long-standing tournament whether long-time members or newer members to the Club.

There will be 4 rounds of 7 games with sudden-death deuce; retaining the same partner throughout. A Final will be played, with the top two couples, at the end of the 4 rounds.

Bring the sunshine!

 

GALA TENNIS TASTER SESSION - UPDATE

A great day was had by all! It looked like the rain might force cancellation but, as the start time approached the clouds parted, the rain dried and although no sun appeared, the people did!

Thanks to all those of all ages who made it along to the event and gave tennis a go (around 27 came and went in sessions overall) - you know who you are!

Special thanks, too, to Chico and Nina our BPLTC coaching team, who did a fabulous job of putting everyone through their paces and keeping them entertained for a full two hours.

Thanks to the Gala Committee for organising this with BPLTC President, Jacqui Duncan, and for those Gala Committee members running their Gala tickets/raffle and refreshments/snacks stall.

Very grateful to BPLTC Vice President, Lesley Abbott, Committee members, Senior and Junior members of the Club for being great ambassadors and supporters of the Club on the day. All super at giving those interested in joining the Club, all the information they requested. 

BPLTC would like to wish the Gala King, Queen, Our Gracious Lady, Maids of Honour, Ladies-In-Waiting and Courtiers a memorable, successful and sunny Gala Day.

Same again next year!

 

Free Tennis Taster session poster   GALA refreshments and raffle tickets stall

 Tennis Taster session on BPLTC courts 

* FREE * GALA TENNIS TASTER SESSION FOR ALL!

On Sunday 12th June 2-4pm, we're warmly inviting all ages to come to BPLTC to take a look around the facilities, enjoy some coaching and perhaps pick up some info about joining us.

Bring your family, tell your friends to bring themselves or their families and enjoy some fun drills with Chico and Nina, our highly experienced coaches here at BPLTC.

ALL AGES and ABILITIES welcome; rackets and balls will be provided - or bring your own racket if you have one!

Who knows, you could be the next Heather Watson or Andy Murray!

BPLTC committee and club members will be there to answer any question about joining, etc.

GALA committee will be serving teas, coffees, juice and snacks, all proceeds in aid of Gala funds. So please, whether you're a member, or you just want to try your hand at tennis come along and support them and this local festival!

 

AMERICAN TOURNAMENT SUCCESS!

We took over three courts at BPLTC for our first American Tournament of the year.  This is a very sociable tournament where every match you have a different doubles partner so they're always great fun.  We had a member join us who has recently become a member of the Club, Ward Mulvey. Who played some great tennis - amazing given he hasn't played since he was around 18!

We were blessed with a gorgeous sunny afternoon which even stayed for the final and the post-match tennis tea.  Everyone had brought tasty treats for this and a good time was had by all.

In American Tournament the top scoring man (Ross Witney-Hunter) partners the 2nd top scoring lady (Virginia Elliot) and the top scoring lady (Shelagh McGuire) partners the 2nd top scoring man (Ward Mulvey) to play for the prizes in the tournament final.

This was a well played match but the winners (pictured BELOW) were: Ross Witney-Hunter and Virginia Elliot, with great Runners up, Shelagh McGuire and Ward Mulvey.

 

June American Tournament winners

 

AMERICAN TOURNAMENT

On Sunday 5th June we're having an American Tournament at BPLTC, where you're matched with a partner for the first match (best of 7 games - sudden death deuce). Winning pair stay on court and split across the net and losing pair move on a court and split. We play across 4 of the 5 courts.

This is a sociable tournament with the opportunity to play each match of the total of five rounds with a new partner.  Although you play with a partner, your partner changes each round and so you score the number of winning games against your own name in the score sheet.  In this way there are opportunities to sit out a round and make this back up. At the end there's a Final consisting of 1st gent (highest scoring) and 2nd lady vs. 1st lady and 2nd gent with prizes for 1st and 2nd place!

Come along for some fun tennis in the sun and we'll keep you right!  Please bring along something to share for the post-match tennis tea.

 

CARDIO TENNIS - UPDATE

Excellent 1st session with Coach Nina getting everyone fit for summer season! Continues every Sunday 11 a.m. - 12 noon.

Nina has expanded class capacity to 12 places; 7 currently taken so only 5 places remaining!

Everyone at the first session reported back that they thoroughly enjoyed it.  There's a sign up sheet in the clubhouse - more men welcome!

Come along and try something different but fun... 

 

FRIDAY EVENING LADIES SOCIAL TENNIS and FRIDAY SOCIAL TENNIS & CURRY NIGHTS

Due to reduced numbers these sessions will no longer be running.  For other Social Tennis sessions you can attend throughout the week please see 'Seniors' page.

 

CARDIO TENNIS - for LADIES and MEN

MEMBERS £5 / NON-MEMBERS £7. Starts 29th May 2016 11am - 12 noon.

Cardio Tennis is a great way to play more tennis but also benefit from a high energy workout in a fun and welcoming environment.

The session is run by coach Nina who played professionally on the WTA tour and has five years experience coaching players of all abilities.

In Cardio Tennis music is used to motivate players through the warm up, workout and cool down phases of the session. On average a player can expect to burn between 600 and 800 calories in an hour whilst improving their tennis and overall fitness.

Class size limited to 10 initially, so come early to avoid disappointment. Not advised currently for our more senior Seniors but please come to watch and discuss with coach Nina.

Nina looks forward to seeing you on the court!  Email Nina

 

2016 BEN NEVIS CHALLENGE

Member of BPLTC, Claire Dunlop, is undertaking this challenge this year on June 18th and is hoping for sponsorship from members, for charity Hopscotch. All to be completed in 12 gruelling hours, the challenge consists of: walk Ben Nevis (12 miles); cycle 15 miles to Loch Lochy; canoe 15 miles; and cycle 10 miles back to Fort William!

You can sponsor Claire by writing name and email/tel no. on sponsorship form (Events noticeboard in clubhouse) OR by donating directly and securely to Claire's Just Giving page.

Good luck Claire!

 

FRIDAY EVENING LADIES SOCIAL TENNIS

Ladies Social Tennis has begun this season, for team AND non-team ladies.

Just come on down to the Club on Fridays at 7 p.m. and enjoy some social tennis with fellow members; weather permitting.

No charge. All abilities welcome! Contact: Lorna Hay Smith (see Information).

 

AILEEN NOTMAN BOWL TOURNAMENT

This is our first silverware tournament of the season and will be on Saturday 21st May. 

Aileen Notman was a member for many years and this is played in her memory.

Partners will be drawn on the day and you remain with same partner throughout. This is played as a doubles elimination (seeded) tournament (3 sets; 1st to 6 - match tiebreak). However, depending on numbers we may play this in a round robin style; 5 rounds, 7 games each round, pair with most games the winners!

Bring some sunshine and something to share for a post-match tennis tea!

 

ROAD TO WIMBLEDON

This year's 'Road to Wimbledon' for all 14U players, will be held on Sat. 28th May (Girls) and Sun. 29th May (Boys). Supporters most welcome.

For details about this fabulous opportunity which ultimately can result in a trip to play on court at Wimbledon, see LTA Road to Wimbledon.

Contact Junior Co-ordinator Andy Macartney for more details on our own Club's tournament for this (see Information).

 

BRUNTSFIELD SPORTS CLUB DEMO DAY / BPLTC FESTIVAL OF TENNIS

Great fun had by all!  Blessed with a fabulously sunny day, expert advice in the tennis raquet drop-in' clinic and the excellent idea of allowing us to try any of the raquets on court, Bruntsfield Sports brought a whole shop and set it up out in the sunshine. They had quite a few sales of raquets, grips and tennis shoes.

The session ran over regular Saturday tennis and Coaching, so there were a good number out on the courts, Seniors and Juniors.

An impromptu lunch followed, for those still remaining, with a chance to catch up, over a relaxed cuppa in the sunshine!

 

DAVIDSON'S MAINS GALA 2016

BPLTC is involved in two community Gala events this year.

First event is this Friday 13th May at 7 p.m. in the clubhouse - Gala Swish Night. This is being run by Juliet Pound (jmpound@blueyonder.co.uk), Gala Committee member. BPLTC members are also welcome along. £5 entry (in aid of Gala funds) which includes glass of Prosecco and food on arrival. The idea is you take along quality clothing item(s) to swap at the event for £3 per item.

Second event is on Sunday June 12th - Gala Tennis Taster Session. This is an opportunity for non-members (and members too) to come along to the Club and try out tennis for free. Teas/Coffees/BPLTC home baking will be available for sale on the day. Information and forms for those interested in joining the club will also be available.

 

BRUNTSFIELD SPORTS CLUB DEMO DAY / BPLTC FESTIVAL OF TENNIS

This year's Festival of Tennis is a combined Barnton Park and Bruntsfield Sports Shop offering of a Club Demo Day, on Saturday 14 May 2016 from 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.  The day will be an opportunity for members (new, old and prospective!) to get together to enjoy some tennis, along with the opportunity of trying out some new equipment.  Come and demo the latest Babolat, Head and Wilson tennis rackets - plus have a look at a selection of shoes, clothing and other equipment.

All items on sale at a TREMENDOUS 15% Demo Day Discount!  Bring your racket and get specialist advice on whether it's time to upgrade! Competitions, games and prizes to be won for all standards of adults and juniors!

Bruntsfield Sports are doing this 'free of charge' for the Club so please come along and join in the fun!  Look forward to seeing you on Saturday - bring the sunshine, some home baking donations and any supporters too, would be much appreciated!

 

THE DAVIS CUP TROPHY TOUR

An email was sent out last week to let you know this is touring and is coming to Craiglockhart on Wednesday 4th May - that's THIS Wednesday. You can book your place using this form

"Please join us for an exciting evening of celebrating the success of the Aegon GB Davis Cup Team at Craiglockhart Leisure Centre on Wednesday 4th May.

Club members are invited along to Craiglockhart Tennis Centre, 177 Colinton Road, from 7pm-9pm. They will have the opportunity to take a photo of the fantastic Davis Cup Trophy and watch some of the activities on the surrounding courts.

Please note that there will be no parking available at Craiglockhart Sports Centre. Street parking is available on Colinton Road as well as the car park at Meggetland Sports Complex. If you a specific parking need, please contact the Tennis Scotland office on 0131 444 1984."

Your chance for a first hand momento with this very impressive trophy. A fabulous opportunity - particularly exciting for our Junior members!

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

We now have an FAQs page packed full of information, grouped under various headings.  It would be great if you could take a few minutes to read through it some time and let us have any feedback.  You can also pin a post-it to the Events board with any other BPLTC questions you'd like to see added to this page.

 

SOCIAL TENNIS & CURRY NIGHT

This didn't go ahead due to lack of numbers. A combination of Bank Holiday weekend, 'off to Uni' and terribly wet weather during the day, where even the last minute sunshine didn't save it, sadly.  Special shout out to the Hay Smiths and also to Junior, Robert Reid, who came along after I'd called it off and gone home (via the supermarket for dinner).  See you at the next one - hope for sunshine!

Next event is the 'Gala Swish Event' 13th May 2016 and BPLTC Festival of Tennis (incorporating The Great British Tennis Weekend event & Bruntsfield Sports demo day) on 14th May 2016.

 

SPRING FLING TOURNAMENT SUCCESS

Thanks to playing and supporting members who came along on the day and brought many and varied lovely things for a smashing tennis tea with lots of member chat.

We played 5 rounds of 7 games and the winners were Wendy Ni & Ross W-H with 30 games. Runners Up prizes were also presented to Pat Syme & Douglas Macartney with an excellent 23 games.

Ross presented his prize to Shelagh McGuire (not pictured) who's been a member of the club for many years, supports all events and played all her rounds in one go, without any sit-out round!

A very happy afternoon, enjoyed by all.

 

 Winners - Spring Fling 2016

 

SOCIAL TENNIS & CURRY NIGHT will be on 29th April

First one of this year is next Friday, 29th April.  You order what you'd like to eat, play some doubles tennis and then enjoy a shared 'tennis tea'.  Poster up in Clubhouse on 'Events' board and watch out for the email!

 

LEAGUE MATCHES and JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS

League matches and Juniors Team Tennis got underway this week.

Members, please contact Mens' and Ladies' Captains or Junior Coordinator for more details.

See Information for contacts.

 

SPRING FLING TOURNAMENT - ALL MEMBERS - Saturday 23rd April (see 'Events' noticeboard & email)

Come along to meet your fellow members and join in some start of season tennis fun.  Partners will be drawn.

If you're a member and can't play on the day why not come along anyway for the chat and the buffet and make sure you bring some sunshine!

Spring buffet - 'Bring & Share' your signature dish for a healthy start of season post-match buffet - savoury or sweet? 

Team training with Chico still on 1pm to 4 pm Court 1.

Court 2 to 5 for Spring Fling Tournament.

 

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL DEADLINE 

Remember membership renewal has passed. If you've already paid A BIG THANK YOU is yours from the committee.

If you've managed to miss the17th April, please pay to Gordon Hay Smith before 30th April, as we'd be sad to lose you.

Please complete both sides of form and return to Gordon; payment can be made by bank transfer or cheque.

Any member whose subscription remains unpaid by 30th April 2016 will be deemed to have resigned from the Club, forfeiting all membership rights and may incur a joining fee on your return.

Don't delay, please pay today :)

 

EASTER CAMP - JUNIORS/INTERMEDIATES 4th to 8th April 2016.  Forms online in Coaching or in the Clubhouse.

Easter camp this year ran w/c 4th April, with morning and afternoon sessions, covering primary and secondary school age groups, run by Chico (Nodar Shovnadze).  

A mixed week weather-wise but Chico had 22 children and sent the following update:

"All kids enjoyed the tennis camp with coach Chico.  They had lots of kind tennis drills, games, matches and condition & fitness exercises."

Thank you, Chico and those who went along to support these invaluable sessions!

Weekly tennis coaching programme starts w/c 11th April until 2nd July. Summer camps Week 1: 4th July to 8th July and Week 2: 11th July to 15th July.

 

WIMBLEDON BALLOT 2016 BALLOT - UPDATE

Wimbledon logo

Wimbledon this year runs from 27th June through to 10th July.

Our Barnton Park LTC Wimbledon Ballot took place on 24th March 2016 at 7.30 pm in a packed Clubhouse.  

Everything was explained by the experienced 'masters of the ballot' with this running, as usual, like a well-oiled machine. Thanks to the Moirs for taking the time to do this for the Club. No mean feat!

They said only 81 members 'opted-in' to the Ballot when asked, which fortunately increased to 182 members following chaser emails.  This made all the difference and increased the allocation of Wimbledon tickets for the Club to 22 pairs - an increase by 100% for our allocation!

Lots of lucky winners.  If you're looking for top tips on somewhere to stay ask your fellow members - there's plenty of experience of travel and accommodation for all budgets for the fabulous Wimbledon tournament.

A few further members names were drawn, in case anyone needs to return their tickets for any reason.  If you need to return these, please contact Catriona in the first instance.  Any such tickets will be allocated out to those on this Reserve list working through the list from first to last Reserve.

For those lucky ones - enjoy! For those not so lucky - remember to 'opt-in' again for next year...!

 

TOURNAMENTS EXPLAINED

On 'Events' page, there's now a link to a page explaining the format of each of the tournaments and the all important 'tennis tea' afterwards. Work in progress...

 

NEWS ARCHIVE

Now you can view the news about the club from previous years in the News Archive (right).

 

MATCH SEASON START APPROACHES

Club very busy this warm, sunny Sunday (20/03/2016) with everyone getting in some practice ahead of the East of Scotland Leagues commencing 20th April.

Inside the clubhouse camaraderie, catch-ups after a long wet winter and envelope stuffing for Membership Subscription Renewal.

Top team efforts all round! Especially thanks to all the helpers for the envelopes.

Renewal forms will be with you all in a couple of days.  Please fill in BOTH sides of form and remember to pay by 17th April deadline.  

 

WIMBLEDON BALLOT 2016

Wimbledon this year runs from 27th June through to 10th July

Our Barnton Park LTC Wimbledon Ballot will be held on 24th March 2016 at 7.30 pm in The Clubhouse.  

Everything will be explained at the event so aim to get there sharp.  Come along, support the Club and see it as it happens.  Good luck everyone!

 

CHICO (Nodar Shovnadze)

Has joined us at Barnton Park LTC and continues a comprehensive array of coaching sessions this year.

List of sessions (sent to members by email) will be added to 'Coaching' shortly. Please go along and discuss your coaching requirements.

Looking for EASTER CAMP forms? See Coaching...

 

HELPERS REQUIRED

In addition to the Committee, we're always looking for members to pitch in and help us at the many and varied events throughout the year.

Even if you can only spare an hour to help at one of the bigger events, that would be amazing. 

Please sign up when you see the lists go up for these ones, on the 'SOCIAL EVENTS' board.   

 

AGM MINUTES for 2015/2016 MEMBERSHIP YEAR

These will shortly be available to view on the noticeboard in the Clubhouse.