In Abernethy and surrounding area there may be a number of people still not aware of the existence of the Abernethy Tennis Club. Situated in Powrie Park, there are 2 courts and the club is ideal for beginners and intermediates. Although the courts are in poor condition just now, we are actively seeking grants to resurface them, and hopefully by the time you read this we will have 2 new gleaming courts! We are always keen to welcome new members, as every year we see old friends leave. Families or individuals are all welcome and more information can be found on our new website at http://abernethytennisclub.webs.com .
Currently, club nights are Wednesday from around 6.30 pm, and we hope to be playing through September and into October if you can join us.
As I write this article, around the end of March, I was encouraged by comments made by “the ED”, in the last Crier. Here, we were encouraged to support our local community facilities, including the Tennis Club. So, at time of writing, I would like to keep our community up to date with recent developments. We are very close to securing top-up funding to allow us to resurface the courts. This will allow for safer (and more “predictable”!) playing conditions. We are also planning to mark out the courts, and hire them out for netball and basketball, so this should bring another useful local sporting facility for use by our community…. and save us using expensive fuel driving elsewhere?
Membership is open to everyone, and courts are also available to hire by the hour. We need to encourage better use of our tennis courts, and would invite everyone to consider popping down on a club night to see what we are about…. informal and most definitely not a threat to Andy Murray !!
We are considering junior nights, and junior coaching, so please keep an eye open.
All details can be found on the notice board at the courts, or on the website at http://abernethytennisclub.webs.com
At last, we now have our new courts they are looking great, and being well used. With the help of various grants and funding, and lots of hard work from some dedicated committee members, we managed to achieve the amount needed to get the courts finished, and by May we had 2 spanking new courts.
Many thanks to everyone who helped with the successful open day we held on 25th June. We had a qualified coach present on the day, and she helped by offering hints and tips to all budding players, especially the many children who attended. Teas, and refreshments were served and lots of games helped fill the couple of hours on a pleasant Saturday afternoon. In addition we raised a very small amount of money for the club. As a result of this open day, we have now managed to increase membership, and we are pleased to say we now have a lot more juniors who are making good use of the courts. Adult and family membership was also boosted. Having said that, we are still very happy to see new faces on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm. Please come along, regardless of ability. If you want to try it out, you can have a free first visit on any Wednesday evening, weather permitting.
However, I am also sad to report that, in a small village like Abernethy, we have had a couple of potentially dangerous incidents recently. We have already seen some people climbing the fence to get in, and I can’t understand why anyone would be so desperate to play tennis, as they only have to access the website to get details on how to play. Falling from the fence would have been painful ! There are telephone numbers at the court for someone to come and open the courts, and both facebook /website have all necessary contact information. The courts are available to non-members, at only £2.50 per person per hour, so not a lot of money.
Also, there has been another incident, which has been reported to the police, where some juniors on the court decided to vandalise a storage box we use to keep balls etc. Also, a number of tennis balls were taken, or possibly whacked into Powrie Park.
Club members will be making random visits to the courts, at various points in the day, but can I ask that everyone help to keep the courts safe by looking out for any suspicious activity. Local police will also make random visits. The courts and facilities are there for us all, and it will be a real shame if a minority of people abuse them. The land is owned by the Council, but it falls to the tennis club to insure and maintain the courts. Club members are responsible for the future of the courts, and we will take the necessary action to make sure the club stays safe and available for all to use. I would also stress at this point that there is a £2.50 per person charge for non-members, and the courts will be visited regularly to ensure this is managed. New courts cost money !!
On a positive note, over the summer we will have various adult, family, and junior events, with a race night being planned for November. Coaching is being arranged for juniors in the October holidays
Thanks again to all new members, to everyone who helped at the open day, and to everyone involved in taking the club forward. As always, please visit our website on www.abernethytennisclub.webs.com
Last season, after a lot of effort from our committee and quite a few others (you know who you are!!) we managed to get our new courts completed. I am delighted to say that we saw a big increase in membership. We welcomed a lot more juniors, and quite a few families also took up the offer of a cheap membership.
Over the summer, the courts were well used, and we even had to introduce a “booking system” for the busy summer holidays.
Still, the range of abilities was such that everyone managed to work off a lot of calories, and was happy to go to the courts of an evening and not be too embarrassed at his/her tennis skills or lack thereof! (Again, you know who you are!) Can I please take this opportunity to thank the local businesses who supported our quiz night and disco last November. We received raffle prizes from The Crees, the Cornkist, Jamesfield Organic Centre, Jamesfield Garden Centre, The Culdees and Senses Health and Beauty in Aberargie. Also, a big thank you to all the others who donated prizes, to everyone involved in organising the hall, food, quiz, etc , and to all those who joined us. We managed to raise around £400. We had a great night, and hope we can repeat it again later in the year.
Now that Spring has sprung, I would encourage everyone to have a look at our website (www.abernethytennisclub.webs.com)or Facebook page to see what’s going on. Last year, we held an open competition for ladies, men and mixed doubles. There was also some junior coaching, and with a new season about to start, we are planning more activities to help keep tennis active in our community. We are also keen to continue with social and fundraising activities so all ideas are welcome. As always, we are keen to continue attracting new members, so please contact us via the wonders of the internet, or via contact details which are posted at the courts. Thanks to all past and future members, and hope to see you on the courts at some point!
In the year following the refurbishment of the double courts at Powrie Park after a successful fund raising effort, there has been considerable success in building the membership. As well as adults, focus has been on encouraging young members of the Abernethy community to take up the game, and it is very rewarding to see youngsters developing their skills and enjoying healthy outdoor exercise.
A new committee is continuing the good work, including improving local conditions by tree surgery on the overhanging beech trees (with the kind cooperation of a neighbour), and most recently, a well supported open day. Families and individuals had the chance to “have a go” at tennis, with the help of some gentle coaching, and as well as other games, a hearty barbe- cue, manned by volunteers, proved very popular.
The courts are of course available to members and non members alike, the latter paying an hourly charge, but booking is advisable in order to avoid sessions restricted to the primary school, members nights and coaching sessions. To book, phone 01738 851199 for the Membership Secretary, pay a £5 returnable deposit for a key, and £2.50 per player.
Annual membership is £30 for a single adult, £15 for a junior (under 18) and £65 for a family of two adults and up to four children.
A programme of coaching began in mid April on Thursdays between 4.45pm and 7.00pm, over 10 weeks, for three age groups, for £33, and all that was necessary was to turn up at the courts and fill in a form from the coach and away they went. Unfortunately the Parent and Child coaching sessions have had to be cancelled, as Douglas, the coach in question, damaged his hip and is temporarily out of action. You can keep up to date by looking at our web site on abernethytennisclub.webs.com.
Come and play tennis. Get fitter, socialise, and enjoy the fresh air.
During what some have jokingly referred to as “the summer”, tennis coaching for children has been very well attended, and it has been very rewarding to see so many youngsters enjoying themselves and developing their hand and eye skills. It looks as if Andy’s success has been a source of inspiration.
We are now exploring the possibility of teenage and adult coaching if the demand is there.
Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm to dusk are club nights open to all standards, and they are a great opportunity to improve your tennis and have fun while socialising in the fresh air.
On Friday 2nd November at 7.30 pm, we are arranging our Race Night in the Williamson Hall, so make a note in the diary and come along for a good evening.
Summer 2012 we had a men`s single competition won by Alisdair Stoddart and a mixed doubles competition won by Gary Millar and Liz Yull.
Junior coaching continued throughout the season. Teenage and Parent and Child coaching is planned after the Easter holidays.
Thanks to Branston who donated money for the purchase of netball stands. The netball club played on Monday evenings.
Our money raising Race Night was a huge success - thank you to all those who gave very generously. It was a good night supported by a good crowd. The proceeds will be saved for the future resurfacing of the courts, probably in 10 – 15 years.
Looking ahead, hopefully the club membership will increase again this year. Do come along and enjoy physical activity in the fresh air, no previous experience necessary.
The new season begins on 1st April 2013.
The 2013/14 season is now underway and hopefully the summer weather will be kind to us! New members are always welcome and the fees are as undernoted. The Membership Secretary can be contacted on 851199 – Susan MacDougall. Adult Club night is on a Wednesday 6.30 till dusk – just turn up!
Please note that the website for the Club has changed to http://abernethytennis.webs.com
Membership forms can be downloaded from this site. We look forward to seeing you in the near future!
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The Tennis Club has had another good season with play possible on most Club nights through the year. We have had a good turnout for the coaching sessions held in the holidays – after all the youngsters are the life blood of the club! We are hoping to run Junior and Senior Competitions this year.
The Club had a very successful fund raising night in the form of a Race Night. The Committee would like to thank all Sponsors and the people who came along on the night for making it so good. A date for your diaries – Race Night Friday 7 th November 2014 in Williamson Hall -see you there!
The AGM is being held on Wednesday 12 th March 2014 in the Crees Inn at 7.30pm.Everyone is welcome to come along. The Committee will require some new members this year as some of our number are standing down. If you are interested in helping out please get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org before the 12 th March.
We look forward to welcoming new members and seeing all our current members in the coming season, which begins on 1 st April 2014.
On the front page of the last Village Crier the Tennis Club was mentioned.
In 1968 local people tackled the derelict tennis courts and the pavilion which was absolutely great.
UPDATE - In 2011 the tennis club committee, after two years of hard work, raised £24,000 for the resurfacing of the courts. The courts are in good order at the moment but it would be marvellous if a group of Abernethy people could get together again to refurbish the Powrie Park Pavilion, a great asset to the village.
Our junior coaching sessions from May to July proved very popular and it was encouraging to see a lot of youngsters taking part. We hope that they will carry on playing and enjoying their tennis. Junior club nights are on Thursdays and it would be great to see as many players down at the courts as possible. Adult club nights reverted back to their usual Wednesday slot following the completion of the junior coaching at the start of July. Despite a number of regular players turning up for a hit about, we were hoping to see more players on the courts. It is a great opportunity to practise your tennis and to socialise with other members of the club. With more players becoming involved at club nights we will be able to run tournaments on a regular basis and have a more active calendar of events. We are planning to organise an end of season BBQ at the courts sometime in September. Keep an eye out on the Abernethy Facebook page for more details closer to the time. Members will also be sent an email about the event.
Remember that members can access the courts at any time - they are there to use so please do go and make use of them. We are fortunate to have two well-maintained courts in the village and it would be great to see people taking advantage of that on a regular basis.
A date for your diary: RACE NIGHT - Friday 13th November, 7.30pm, Williamson Hall, Abernethy Not to be missed - Our annual Race Night is taking place again soon with proceeds going to the development of the tennis club. Tickets are £5 including a Murrays Pie at half time. BYOB. Please contact Susan MacDougall on 851199 or Bri an Stewart on 850103 to reserve tickets. It's sure to be another fun-filled evening so book your tickets early to avoid disappointment and remember to bring your friends too. We look forward to seeing you there.
Andrew Fynn Club Secretary
Abernethy Tennis Club is delighted to announce the launch of a brand new website. Please visit www.abernethytennisclub.co.uk where you will find information on the club, announcements of events such as open days, coaching sessions, a members' section and more. We have also launched a Facebook page: search for 'Abernethy Tennis Club'. The club plans to organise several events over the summer months and as always we would welcome new members. The courts are available at most times and it would be great to see them being used on a regular basis. Current members and anyone who is interested in tennis are very welcome to attend. Contact details of the committee are available on the website. We are a friendly bunch so come along, give it a go and make the most of the long summer days!