Tennis season begins

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Longside Tennis Club is hoping that the weather improves and spring will start soon as they are preparing the courts for the new season and sweeping away the cobwebs from the club pavilion.

The club, led by president Morag Urquhart is looking forward to another full and busy season.

Treasurer, Alfie Thomson, has membership forms ready while secretary, Helen Bryce, has sent out the first newsletters of the season to previous members along with application forms for both membership and for coaching.

Due to the seemingly almost constant rain at the end of the tennis year, the club was unable to complete the 2012 club tournaments and thus one of the first targets for the new season is to complete these matches.

Once the winners have been determined, an Awards Evening will be organised.

Following planning meetings with Active School Co-ordinators, the Club prepared to offer four taster sessions after school on Mondays at Mintlaw Academy for secondary pupils which would lead up to the spring coaching programme at the Club in Longside.

Member and coach, Brenda Sutherland along with other member volunteers, will be coaching two 45-minute sessions for junior players on Friday afternoons for an eight week programme at Longside Tennis Club starting on Friday, April 19.

Between 4.30 and 5.15pm there will be a beginners’ session while more experienced players will be coached from 5.15 – 6 pm.

These lessons are structured to develop coordination skills, technical and physical abilities of children enabling them to play and enjoy tennis. It is hoped to have some fun activities for the youngsters after the programme.

Application forms are available from schools in the area, the club house or secretary, Helen Bryce or treasurer, Alfie Thomson. The eight-week block costs £25 for non-Club members and £20 for members.

Having both a men’s team and a ladies’ team in the Aberdeen and District league, the club is always looking out for potential members. League games are on Tuesday evenings.

Alfie Thomson captains the Men’s team which has been relegated to Division 3 after a season beset with injury and bad weather. May Bain managed the Ladies’ Team which ended last season midway in Division 3 where they remain for this season.

The clubs in this league are from all over Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire – from Stonehaven in the south to Alford in the west and, of course, Longside in the north!

Longside boasts a third team, a mixed team, which plays in the Buchan Tennis League. Organised this year by Brenda Sutherland, the team of two ladies and two men challenge local clubs on Sunday afternoons.

Longside had a very successful 2012 season being the League Champions and also winning the Challenge Trophy.

2013 membership subscriptions have been set at £15 for juniors, £33 for seniors and £70 for families. Juniors can play any day after school and at weekends. It is hoped that the club can organise fun matches and competitions for younger members throughout the season.

Anyone interested in playing should come down to the courts on a Friday or Sunday evening to meet some members or better yet join in and play some tennis!