THANKS to all those who have booked on the Helensburgh Tennis Club junior coaching classes.
There are still places on Monday and Wednesday. Bobby Kerr had a couple of replies for Wednesday afternoons pre-5 classes but would need a few more to make it viable.
Don't forget the adult beginner and improver classes starting Wednesday May 1. Beginners start 7pm, improvers start 8pm. Email Bobby to book your place — it is free to members.
Bobby said: "We hope to see everyone at our new season welcome evening next Wednesday (April 24) at 7pm. Come along for some friendly tennis and refreshments — see you there."
A FULL list of the coaching classes available at Helensbuirgh Tennis Club from April to June can be downloaded from the Downloads area of this website.
Monday and Wednesday application forms for the next two blocks of junior coaching can also be downloaded.
Red, orange, green and yellow ball classes start week commencing Monday April 29 with Katie Hope on Mondays and Shaun MacDonald on Wednesdays — full details on the forms.
GET READY for the new season at Helensburgh Tennis Club with adult beginner and improver classes.
There will be two blocks with block 1 starting on Wednesday May 1 for 4 weeks. Block 2 starts on Wednesday May 29 for 4 weeks. Beginners are 7-8pm and improvers 8-9pm.
One block is free to members and £5 per class for non-members and those who take a second class. A sign up sheet will be on the noticeboard in the next day or so — if you wish to register please add your name.
If the classes are oversubscribed an additional 4 week block combining both beginners and improvers will be held on Saturday mornings starting on Saturday May 11 from 10-11am, same conditions as above.
The next blocks of junior coaching starts week begin on Monday April 29, and again there will be two 4 weekly blocks.
Members will receive a 20% discount off the standard charge, taking it from £20 to £16. If you book both blocks you can receive an additional discount, meaning members only pay £28 instead of £32 and non-members £35 instead of £40. Booking forms will be issued shortly.
From Saturday May 11 Bobby Kerr will be holding a yellow ball match play session for juniors from 11am-1pm — ideal for juniors to get some practice in playing matches along with some drills.
These sessions are free to members, but please note they are not suitable for beginners.
Tell your friends about the discounts and the many other benefits membership brings by joining the club. An application form can be downloaded from the Downloads section of this website.
By joining as a family both mum, dad and the children receive a block of coaching free.
JUNIOR coaching at Helensburgh Tennis Club will start week commencing Monday April 29, with two four-week blocks on Mondays and Wednesdays with Katie Hope and Shaun MacDonald.
Paid-up members will receive a 20% discount on junior coaching fees. A discount will also be offered to those members who book both four-week blocks.
The club will also be offering adult beginner and adult improver coaching on Wednesday evenings from May 1 in two four-week blocks.
Remember all adult members are entitled to one free block of coaching within the 2019-2020 season.
if you know of any friends who are interested in joining, let them know as members they will also receive a free block of coaching as well as any children who join.
If the club is over-subscribed for the May adult classes, an additional class will be held on Saturday mornings.
- 2019 Match Fixtures now online — see Teams.
HELENSBURGH Tennis Club ladies came together to toast the new season of matches on Thursday evening.
While the mens teams were busy on court trying to improve their game, the ladies felt a good dinner and chinwag was the best preparation.
By all accounts, champagne flowed, the dinner was superb, and a great time was had by all.
- Photo by Bobby Kerr. Click on it to enlarge.
HELENSBURGH Tennis Club's season opening day tournament was well supported in bright but chilly weather on Saturday afternoon.
The event was won by Graham Court and Jackie Hunter, who narrowly beat Gay Black and Ralph Ward 4-3 in the final.
THE new season officially starts at Helensburgh Tennis Club on Saturday.
The committee hope thatt members will join them for the opening day tournament from 1-3pm. The forecast is a bit chilly — but dry.
Please bring contributions for tea.
Bobby Kerr's last adults drills evening is tomorrow (Thursday) at 7pm.
A MEMBER who has given great service to Helensburgh Tennis Club over many years was honoured at the club's AGM on Thursday evening.
President Keith Love presented the Winifred McKenzie Memorial Salver to mens teams member and former committee member Ralph Ward.
Presented by the late Mrs McKenzie in the club's centenary year, 1984, it is awarded annually to someone who has given exceptional service, on or off court.
Keith said: "Ralph has been a sterling servant of the club for many years, playing in mens 2 and mens 3 teams, plus the mens over 60 side this year.
"His enthusiasm and will to win are to be admired, and I can only hope I am still able to play at the standard Ralph plays at in my later years.
"He is a true inspiration to all of us."
Ralph has also given many hours of service helping house and grounds convener Ian Parlane tackle all manner of tasks.
A VERY successful soup lunch was held at Helensburgh Tennis Club today . . . and raised £460 for Christian Aid.
Organised by Phyllis Fullarton, Anne McKelvie and Fiona MacLaren, the popular annual event attracted many members and friends to the clubhouse.
GET ready for the new season with a special offer from Bobby Kerr to Helensburgh Tennis Club members on all re-strings — only £10 for the month of March.
Please note that Bobby is on holiday March 18-25, so get in early. He will be at the club this Wednesday 6-8pm and Thursday 7-8.30pm, or email/text him.
FORMER Helensburgh Tennis Club finance convener Mike Paterson is the second 2019 winner of the club's Lotto.
Organiser Gay Black announced today that Mike was the winner of the February prize of £20. His cheque is on the way.
Last year Mike won the April and August draws.
HELENSBURGH Tennis Club members once again dug deep and raised £250 to donate to the local branch of Alzheimer Scotland.
Committee members Fiona MacLaren and Bobby Kerr joined Anne-Marie King, Dementia Advisor, and Lisa Lees, Community Activity Organiser, at the West Princes Street branch to hand over the cheque.
Club members recently took part in a bespoke first aid course specifically looking at tennis injuries including bleedings, sprains, fractures, cuts, grazes, bruises, burns, cramps and head injuries.
The course was in addition to the recent training session on the club’s defibrillator.
Junior coaching starts this week. A new cardio tennis class begins on Wednesday February 27, with the popular drills sessions starting the following evening at 7pm.
THE NEW season starts soon, and it is a great time for Helensburgh Tennis Club members to think about getting themselves fit.
The club can offer two great sessions starting at the end of February.
Katie Hope is keen to start a CARDIO tennis session on Wednesdays 6-7pm from February 27.
The session is a mixture of fitness and tennis and is great to blow away those winter cobwebs. To get members started, the first session is free.
The following evening club drill sessions start again 7-8.30pm.
The session is a mixture of tennis drills focusing each week on a specific area followed by some match play. Again the first session is free.
THE NEXT block of junior coaching at Helensburgh Tennis Club will start week commencing Monday February 18 with Katie Hope taking Monday classes and Shaun MacDonald taking Wednesday classes.
Mondays — Red (5-8 yrs) 4pm to 5pm, Orange (9-10 yrs) 5pm to 6pm
Wednesdays — Orange (9-10 yrs) 5pm to 6pm, Green (11-12 yrs) 6pm to 7pm, Yellow (13+ yrs) 7pm to 8pm
Please complete the coaching application form below. You can pay online by BACS, details on form, or by cheque or cash, to be handed to Janette along with the application form on the first night.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Bobby Kerr.
AFTER a break in 2018, Helensburgh Tennis Club member Jill Fulton, who has won the club's Lotto every year since 2014, won again in January.
Organiser Gay Black announced today that Jill was the winner of the monthly prize, which this year is £20. Her cheque is on the way.
HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid gave 2018 mens singles finalist Stephane Houdet plenty to think about on the first day of the wheelchair tennis event at the Australian Open, but his hopes of a second singles title in four years at Melbourne Park ultimately came to an end.
Gordon saved three break points in the third game of the match to keep the contest on serve and then saved two set points at 5-4 down to maintain parity.
The Rio Paralympic champion saved a further two set points in the tiebreak before world no.4 Houdet snatched the advantage.
Gordon, the 2016 Australian Open champion, battled back to claim the only break of the second set, but his challenge began to falter in the decider and Houdet went to seal a 7-6(8), 5-7, 6-2 win.
The burgh man will have his opportunity to gain some consolation tomorrow when he partners Alfie Hewett in the mens doubles semi-finals, with Houdet on the other side of the net.
Three-time Wimbledon and two-time US Open champions Hewett and Reid will begin their bid for a third successive Grand Slam doubles crown against Houdet and Australian Ben Weekes.
HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid is in the four-strong British wheelchair tennis team whose challenge begins on Wednesday at the Australian Open.
Gordon, the 2016 champion, will play Stephane Houdet of France, the 2018 runner-up at Melbourne Park.
The world no.7 won the first Grand Slam singles title of his career in Australia three years ago and is relishing his return to Melbourne, which will see him play world no.3 Houdet in his opening singles and doubles matches.
He said: “I love coming back to Melbourne Park. They have improved the facilities once again and it’s fantastic for all the players.
"Seeing the singles trophy up close again during the draw ceremony brought back great memories from 2016.”
Gordon has already played two tournaments this season, the first of which brought his latest Super Series doubles title when he partnered Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez to win the Bendigo Open.
He now turns his attention to attempting to win back-to-back Grand Slam doubles titles with Alfie Hewett as the two-time US Open and three-time Wimbledon champions reunite.
Gordon said: “Over the last few months I’ve played with a few different partners while Alfie had his break.
"So I’m looking forward to being back on the doubles court with him and aiming to win our first Aussie Open doubles title as a team,”
They will play Houdet and Australian Ben Weekes in their semi-final.