Horsham Lawn Tennis Club
Donna Copeland Marlou Schellevis
Horsham U8s win Aegon County Tournament
Well done to our U8 team who recently won their age group county tournament - a great achievement, well done Henry, Charlie, Josh and Ezra!
Summer Junior Tennis Camps
Wimbledon 2016 - Club Ballot
Eligible club members (ie those who 'opted in' with the LTA using their British Tennis membership by the deadline) can attend the club ballot on Wed 20th April at 8pm in the clubroom. We have been allocated 11 prs of tickets for this year's championships and more details will be sent out next week
Ladies presented with the league trophy at the Tennis Sussex awards evening
Horsham Tennis Club Ladies collect their League Winning Trophy
The Tennis Sussex Awards, held at the Amex Stadium on 14th November, are the annual awards event, celebrating Tennis in Sussex.
Horsham’s players, Mars Schellevis and Lorraine Burlinson, went along to collect the trophy for winning the Women’s Tennis Sussex Summer Doubles League 4 title.
The Ladies team at Horsham are on the way up. After having finished runners-up in the Summer League division 6 in 2014, they were promoted 2 leagues and played in division 4 this Summer, and took the title of League winners.
Horsham Ladies Captain, Tessa Walder, explained “from a small core of 7 match players we have built a brilliant team spirit, and winning the league title this year has been well deserved”. “My job would be so much hard without their enthusiasm, thanks to all the team, Gail Burlinson, Linda Lewis, Donna Copeland, Veronika Lang, Mars Schellevis and Lorraine Burlinson”
Playing in a league of 7, against other clubs from across the County, Horsham finished the season with 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, enough to win the league by 2 clear points.
Tessa Walder, commented “we are really enjoying our tennis at the moment and that is reflected in our results, currently we’re playing our winter league matches and so far 2 wins from 2”
“Next summer we shall be competing in the Sussex Leagues and in the Aegon Team Tennis Sussex competition. I’m also really excited as we have some junior players coming up, that I’m sure will be vying for a place in the team very soon.”
“We would love to be able to enter a second team into the leagues, so are always on the look out for ladies who want to play some competitive tennis. Maybe they played as juniors, or have dropped out of playing due to work or family commitments, but the league are now allowing for more flexible match formats”
At Horsham Tennis Club there is a full programme of coaching from 5 years onwards, along with social and match play for men and ladies.
More details about coaching can be found HERE
Start Dates for Coaching
PLease visit the tennis coaching page for details of the Autumn term start dates for coaching
Ladies promoted to Division 3!
Horsham Ladies 1st team are celebrating a promotion to Division 3, finishing top of division 4 at the end of the summer league. The last match of the season saw a win over Virgin Active, Brighton confirming our final position at the top of the league.
HLTC Finals Day - Sat 29th August 2015
Saturday 29th August was the day for Horsham Lawn Tennis Clubs annual club finals day. It was a closely fought final with Mark Williams and Steve Atkinsonnarrowly losing the first set on a tie break. The second set saw Dom and Glyn close out the match winning the set 6-2. It is the first time Glyn Jukes (Head Coach) and Dom Robeson have won the men's doubles trophy. The mixed doubles final was played out in the rain with Glyn Jukes and Mars Schellevis the eventual winners overcoming Tessa Walder and Adrain Hawthorn. The singles finals are to played at the end of the month.
A History of HLTC - The first 20 years
Following several months of painstaking research in Horsham's Library and Museum our club secretary, Debbie Malins, discovered that the club appears to have been established 125 years ago. She has written a short article covering the first 20 years of the club's existence which was published in the July 2015 edition of the Horsham Society newletter. To read the article click HERE
If you would like to find out more about The Horsham Society please visit their website www.horshamsociety.org
Horsham Ladies at Eastbourne....Wish you were here?
Our Ladies 1st team were recently spotted down at Eastbourne - looks like a lovely day for tennis....and the beach!
Tennismark and Accreditation awarded to HLTC
The club has just achieved tennismark and accreditation - excellent news for the club!
By achieving this Sport England accreditation it has been recognised that we are providing a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment combined with a high quality, all year round programme of activity.
• A mark of high quality sports venues for juniors and adults.
• A stamp of approval to which all sports venues aspire.
• It represents high quality, safety, fair and focussed support for all.
• A single, national standard, Clubmark gives structure and direction to every type of sports venue
• It is endorsed by all the main sporting, youth and education agencies involved in the delivery of sporting opportunity for young people
Junior Easter Camps
Glyn will be running a junior camp in the Easter holidays from Mon 30th March to Thurs 2nd April - more details HERE
Wimbledon Ballot 2015
HLTC members need to opt in to the Wimbledon Ballot! The LTA have changed the way they will be running this year's ballot and to be included all members must be -
- An affiliated adult/junior British Tennis Member
- Linked to this venue (Horsham Lawn Tennis Club)
- Opted IN to the Wimbledon ballot - log in to the members area at www.lta.org.uk to opt in now!
Annual Tournament 2014
Well done to everyone who took part and special congratulations to our winners this year -
Men's singles -
Ladies singles - Mars Schivellis
Men's doubles -
Ladies doubles - Gail Burlinson and Mars Schivellis
Mixed doubles - Veronika Lang and Michael
Junior boys -
Junior girls -
Ladies singles winner Mars Schivellis with club coach Glyn Jukes
Ladies doubles winners Gail Burlinson and Mars Schivellis
Double Promotion for Horsham Lawn Tennis Club 1st Teams
Horsham Men's doubles 1st team finished top in the Sussex M8 summer league and will be promoted next year. Head Coach and team captain Glyn Jukes said 'well done to all the team who have played and achieved this for the club. We're now preparing for the winter league where we hope to emulate the level of play and success'.
To complete the successful season, the mixed doubles 1st team also finished top of Division 2 in the Dorking and Leatherhead league. The team tied on 12 points with Leatherhead, but was placed top on the percentage of games won to games played. Adrian Hawthorn, mixed team captain, said 'this is a great result for the club and testament to the quality and team spirit we have grown for the mixed teams'.
The Ladies 1st doubles team were pipped to the L6 title. With equal points to Southdown ladies 3rd team, losing out for the 1st place by one match. Ladies captain Tessa Walder is confident the team can achieve promotion next season.
American Tournament 27th September
The American tournament held on 27 September to mark the closing of the grass courts was enjoyed by a select group of team and social players. Mars won for the ladies and David G for the men. In place of the planned BBQ an al fresco pizza supper was held on a balmy early autumn evening.
Mixed Social Tennis Open Sessions.
From October 2014 the Mixed Social session on the first Wednesday evening of each month will be open to visitors, free of charge, on a 'come and try it' basis. The sessions run from 18.30 to 20.00. All are very welcome.
Courts 4 and 5 - September 2014
The long-awaited rebonding and colouring of Courts 4 and 5 has been completed.
The Committee are very grateful to the many Club members whose contributions and fund-raising efforts have made the work possible.
We will be continuing to raise funds for other improvements to the courts for the foreseeable future.
American Tournament, Sat 3rd May
Saturday, 3rd May, saw the official opening of the grass courts with an American tournament. Although the weather on the day was perfect rain earlier in the week meant the grass was too wet to play on so the tournament took place on the hard courts. Seventeen members took part, with Michal and Debbie M proving the eventual winners. Afterwards Garry B provided an excellent barbeque for the players and their families. In all the event raised £109 towards the re-bonding of courts 4 and 5, which brings the total in the fund up to £1502. We're aiming for £2,200 so it's still a case of "all donations gratefully received". Thanks go to all involved in organising and running the event.
Wimbledon Ballot 2nd April
The Wimbledon Ballot took place on Wednesday evening, 2nd April, with a record number of members, 47, taking part for 12 pairs of tickets.
As seems to be the case every year, the LTA had changed the process; this year much more of it is done online and they are getting stricter on British Tennis Membership. One of the changes is that you don't pay on the night, rather you part with your money online or by phone within 14 days of the ballot, which considerably speeded up the ballot process.
Needless to say, the first tickets to go were those for the Men's Final Day, on 6th July, for an eye-watering £296 the pair. Let's hope Andy Murray is playing on the day.
Tennis team triumph in the 'Quiz with a difference' on Sat 8th Feb
Last Saturday evening saw two teams from the Tennis section join fourteen others for the Hockey section quiz night.
Led by Sarah Peay, the imaginatively named "The Tennis Club" team comprised a mix of tennis youth and maturity supplemented by some Cricket section brains. Meanwhile "The Eagles", led by Claire Moorhouse, was more of a family affair but also with a good mix of young and not so young.
At the halfway point things were not looking too good for the tennis teams but in the second half we stormed ahead due, in part, to the timely playing of our Jokers to give us double points in our chosen rounds.
The final round was a nail-biting affair involving the construction of a tower from marshmallows and (uncooked) spaghetti; the taller the tower the more points you got. The Eagles excelled themselves with a tower of 70cm while The Tennis Club could only manage 63cm; it would have been taller if our team captain hadn't eaten one of the marshmallows.
At the end of it all, to our amazement and delight, The Tennis Club was the winning team with The Eagles just behind in second place.
The event made more than £300 for the Hockey section and has sown the seeds for a similar quiz in aid of Tennis in the summer.