Maintenance Day 2013

That’s right. The snow and ice have come and gone, and it’s now time to get the club back in shape for the new season!

The date is set for the 23rd of March.

Check out how well the 2012 event went down. Highlights include Jim Warnes with a large bag, Michael Keown with a wheelbarrow and Paul Phillips doing his best impression of Jack Nicholson from The Shining. Click here for all the pics

Everyone’s favourite Grounds & Maintenance man, Paul Anderson, has badhed together a list of jobs!…

  1. Clean down outside of clubhouse including the gutters that need emptying.
  2. Clean inside windows and repair the curtain hooks at the same time.
  3. Clear up leaves around the tennis courts to which not very much left this winter.
  4. Tighten up the fencing wire supports which needs two people.
  5. Clean BBQ area plus stain the wood and paint the walls with tile paint.
  6. Move CCTV hard drive and install additional cameras and repoint where need be. (Alan C plus 1)
  7. Quick sand down of the last two wooden benches and re stain. (Plus one small repair)
  8. Moss killer applied to courts where needed.
  9. Coat hangers for courts to be installed. Think we have 3 of them left.
  10. Someone to keep us fed and watered cooking bacon sandwiches etc.
  11. Anyone brave enough to use my petrol chainsaw for some tree work at the bottom right hand courts.

No doubt there’ll be tasty bacon sarnies and cuppas to go around!

Turbo Tennis – 10th February 2013 – 1:30pm


On the 10th of February, at 1:30pm, Turbo Tennis returns to ELTC!

What makes Turbo Tennis turbo? (The rules!)

10 minute halves: After exactly ten minutes, a whistle will sound. You then swap ends and play another ten minute half. If you’re mid-point when the whistle blows, you finish the point, but not the game. At the end of the second half, you only count complete games e.g. 4-3 (0-40) is a 4-3 win.

Sudden death deuce: At 40-40, it’s next point wins. The receiving team choose who wants to return and whoever wins the point, wins the game.

Lets count on serve: Those serves that clip the net and roll into the service box, usually resulting in a first serve again, they now count as aces!

No time wasting: This is exactly what it says on the tin! Get the points in quick. It could come back to bite you later on!

No whites: An optional rule, but the more vulgar, bright and outrageous the colours you wear on court, the better. And also the more likely you are to put off your opponents!

There will be food and cakes for after the tournament too! It’s £5 to enter.

“How do I sign up?” I hear you scream. Just drop your name under this post here, send an email to or drop your name on the sign up sheet in the clubhouse.

Look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible, Turbo Tennis is always a great day!

A new year rolls in

The 2013 calendar of events is now up and live. Just click on ‘What’s on’ above this post, or just click this link.

Check out what we’ve got coming up at ELTC in 2013. But don’t forget to keep an eye on your emails, as well as here, for updates on events and more information about what’s going on. Dates can change because of the weather!

Look forward to another great year at ELTC and your continued support at events is always greatly appreciated!

Burn off the brussels… Boxing Day tennis!

On Boxing Day morning, there’ll be a chance to get those New Year’s Resolutions in early with some tennis from 10am.

Why not brave the elements and join in with some tennis on Boxing Day morning.

There’ll be mince pies and mulled win to keep the energy levels topped up.

Christmas attire is also strongly recommended!

Look forward to seeing you there

Finals day order of play

It’s almost here, and the order of play is in:

Saturday 22nd

1:00pm – Ladies singles (Trish/Caroline)
1.30pm – Men’s singles (Jon W v Michael A)
4:00pm – Men’s doubles (Oliver/Jon W v Tascons)

Sunday 23rd

1:00pm – Ladies doubles (Caroline/Sophie v Lianne/Fi)
2:00pm – Men’s plate final
3.30pm – Mixed doubles final (Michael A/Sophie v Lianne/Oliver)

PLUS: 3 boys matches will also be played over the weekend – times to be decided when players are known.

The BBQ starts whenever our BBQ masters decree towards the end of the afternoon!

Look forward to seeing you all there.

Clubs finals weekend

With the summer leagues all but over, attention now turns to the ELTC clubs finals weekend which will be taking place on the 22nd 23rd of September.

We’ll be kicking off at 1:00pm on both days, so join us for a drink (even if you’re competing !) and enjoy the sun (hopefully).

The weekend will host the finals of the men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and the mixed doubles. There will also be the junior titles to be decided.

It promises to be a great weekend – weather permitting – and as always, the Pimms, beers or whatever you fancy will be on offer including a finals day barbecue!

Look forward to seeing you all there.

Derek Sledge tournament this Sunday!

Our annual Derek Sledge Memorial Tournament is being held on Sunday 22nd July from 2:00pm.

Whether you’ve been a member since a Brit last won Wimbledon Men’s Singles or have only just joined us why not come and join in?

The day is one of the great social events of the year and will give you the chance to meet lots of other members, play with a wooden racquet if you’re up for it, and enjoy a barbecue and drinks afterwards!

Just £6 a head for all that.

Look forward to see as many of you thissuable possible!