Serving up a new season at Longside tennis Club

The cobwebs have been brushed away from the clubhouse, the courts have been rolled and swept, the nets are set up and ready for the 2011 tennis season at Longside Tennis Club to begin.

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.

The club is delighted to announce that LTA licensed coach Zara Coutts will be back coaching youngsters on Friday afternoons starting on May 4.

Between 3.30pm and 6.30 pm there will be Red, then Orange and finally Green mini-tennis session fro children from aged four years and upwards.

These lessons follow the colour-coded LTA programme, which is structured to develop coordination skills, technical and physical abilities of children enabling them to play and enjoy tennis.

Older youngsters can join Tennis 1 which is for those who can rally and play a game. It is ideal for junior players who want to improve their skills, techniques and game and, of course, enjoy a game of tennis.

Application forms are available from Thomson Butchers, Main Street, Longside or from schools in the area. The six-week block of 45 minute lessons costs £20 for non-Club members and £15 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 in Division 2 while May Bain manages the Ladies’ Team in Division 3. Longside boasts a third team, a mixed team, which plays in the Buchan League.

Organised this year by Julie Anderson, the team of two ladies and two men challenge local clubs on Sunday afternoons. It is hoped that the club can organise fun matches for younger members with similar age groups from other clubs.

2011 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 although Fridays 3.30 – 6.00 pm have been set aside for the after school coaching session.

As part of the Longside Gala celebrations, the club is planning an open tournament on Wednesday, May 11.

At a recent Awards Dinner, postponed from November due to the snow, the winners of the club tournaments were celebrated.

The Men’s Singles was won by James Noble and runner up Lewis Sutherland. Morag Selman was the Ladies’ singles winner, runner up was Brenda Sutherland.

The Men’s Doubles was won by Alfie Thomson and John Low, runners up were Lewis Sutherland and Michael Thomson. Morag Urquhart and Morag Selman won the Ladies’ Doubles beating Helen Bryce and Marian Shildrick in the final.

The Mixed Doubles Shield was won by Morag Urquhart and Alfie Thomson while the runners up pair were Brenda Sutherland and John Low.

The club is extremely pleased that finally the court floodlights have been renewed and so evening matches and club nights on Friday and Sunday evenings can be played well after sunset.

Grateful thanks go to Martin May and his team of MSM Electrical, Longside who supplied and fitted the lights aided by club members, Dave Wink and Richard Selman.

Thanks must also go to Jimmy Gardener for his handiwork in producing the brackets from materials donated by Total E & P St Fergus and to Ronnie Cowie of the Classic Metal Art Company.

Floodlit tournaments can now return as a feature on the Longside Tennis Club calendar.