New courts and club night

Great first outing on the spanking newly washed and painted courts and a very successful Tuesday club night. Remember to book through Pam from a Thursday for the following Tuesday (5.00 til 6.30 or 6.45 til 8.15 or whenever we drag ourselves off). We even played under lights last night. Thanks to all who put in the time and effort to get the courts looking and feeling great.

We were joined by two visitors from Adel Tennis Club in Leeds who are looking to get some lights and they were thoroughly impressed with the club and the feel for the place. Just need a bit of warmth now.

Your chairman showing his best dance moves.
There’s Dom going for ace number 1.
Alvin in full concentration mode.

Great photos from Oliver! All genuine I can assure you.

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Court booking update

The re-scheduled court cleaning/painting operation is due to commence next week. Therefore the courts will be closed and no bookings will be available for 4 days starting on Wednesday 22 July. The next available booking is Sunday 26 July. Let’s hope the weather holds up this time!

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Booking update

Following the court cleaning postponement, the booking system has been updated. Courts can now be booked for this week.

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Coaching relaunch

Our coaching sessions with Kinetic Tennis are restarting as of 12th July. Sessions will adhere to recent government guidelines and social distancing measures. Junior coaching will have a limit of 6 players per session including the coach, and adults a limit of 8.  If there is more interest, we will be able to add more sessions onto the programme.

Furthermore, to assist with the government’s track and trace regime we are only using the clubspark booking system which can be found at All sessions are individually set, meaning you don’t have to book for a term. 


Group coaching – £6 a session for members

Individual coaching 1-4 players:  £25 contact Jamie directly for more information

Finally, it would be appreciated if you could help us with advertising the programme to family and friends. Kinetic Tennis have created a promo video which is advertised on Facebook. If you would be able to share this, please help us generate more interest for the club and coaching programme. 

For any queries regards to the sessions please do not hesitate to contact Jamie on 07938850558 OR

Many thanks


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July Newsletter

July, she will fly. So she will and so she does. Can you believe we should be on the mid-season break today and enjoying a bit of Wimbledon. Even Gardener’s World is at its half way mark!

News is now in to say all three league seasons for 2020 have been abandoned. But tennis at Cross Hills hasn’t and we keep looking at ways to make it more accessible to all.

Booking will open for the trial Tuesday club nights (on what will hopefully be newly painted courts) at 9am on Thursday. Instructions were e mailed to all club members and are also posted on the news page. The main emphasis for these evenings is social tennis and open to all abilities. Running alongside the booking system for the rest of the week, this means people will get the chance to play with different members, good for everyone’s game. On the night, a co-ordinator will take the lead, allocating people to courts and organising change rounds. As stated, it is open for 12 people at each session (but please don’t book for both). Details are given in the e mail and on the post but on the night, the co-ordinator will tell you what to do and where to go. These conditions are in place so we adhere to the rules regarding social gatherings which can only be 6. The officers of the club will review this provision so please give feedback to the co-ordinator or to Pam Emsley our secretary.

In fact for any issues or suggestions you wish to raise, please contact Pam our secretary and she will share with the relevant parties. If there is an enquiry with regard new membership then Chris Glen is the one to contact. This can also be done through the website.

For club night and at all other times, the three courts are now up and running. Thanks to Bob for magically filing the new net clasp so it fits. (Does anybody know the real name for the thingumy that holds the net tape down?)

Kinetic tennis are also relaunching from next week too and again details have been e mailed and will be posted alongside this newsletter. There is an opportunity for adult coaching and the time slot for this has been extended to give more people the chance to access this. It’s great to see a number of new members joining us and to have this facility can only be good for the development of the club as well as individuals.

So just Wimbledon repeats to watch but to get interactive and more engagement on this page, here’s a challenge.

1 Which male and female Wimbledon champion has had the greatest positive influence on you?

2 Which aspect of your game are you currently most pleased with and which part would you like to improve? (You can’t say apologising to your partner is a strength.)

I’ll go first. Stefan Edberg for a game based on precision and an elegant serve volley which is what happens in my head when I try it. Steffi Graf for excellent footwork and a powerful forehand. (Note my non-gender specific comments). 1988 must have been a significant year.

In terms of my own game, obviously my cross court winning Steffi like forehand is feared by all and wouldn’t it be good to be able to glide elegantly into the net and put away a forehand volley first time. Well erm, wouldn’t it be good to play a volley.

Come on, let’s see some posted comments to this to show what you think.

Plenty happening over the next month or so behind the scenes but will save that for sunny August. Big thank you to all those members who see a job and get on and do it. The club survives on this committed attitude.

Enjoy your tennis.

Jon the Rabbit Remover (my new skill)

PS, still not received any photos.

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Court Cleaning and Painting.

Courts are due to be cleaned and repainted and so will be closed from Monday 6 July and reopen Saturday 11 July.  Apologies for the inconvenience. Any court bookings already made for these times have been cancelled. Fingers crossed that the weather will behave for this to happen… (and the baby rabbits).

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Ball Machine

The Ball Machine can now be used by any member who has been trained and paid for a key.  Glenn Frost and Brian Shears have kindly offered to do the training.

Details have been sent via e mail to all members. Please contact Pam our secretary if you think you have not received this communication or send a message through this website.

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Tuesday Club Nights

The club officers have decided to trial a return to social tennis every Tuesday evening starting 14 July for three weeks, subject to the following constraints:

  • There will be 2 separate sessions 6pm – 7.30 and 7.45 – 9.15. 
  • Players can book for either session not both.
  • Booking is open from 9am Thursday to 4pm Saturday for the following Tuesday. Pam, our secretary will send out an email if any spaces are available after booking has closed.
  • To book please contact Pam leaving your name and preferred contact method. 12 spaces each session. 
  • Please let her know as soon as possible if you have booked and then need to cancel.
  • Mixed doubles whenever possible.
  • The designated co-ordinator for each session will have a list of players and will allocate everyone to a court
  • Players can rotate partners on their assigned court.  After 45 minutes the co-ordinator will ask each couple to rotate clockwise on all courts to make up another foursome.  This is to keep within the current allowed groups of no more than 6 people. 
  • Players from the first group are asked to leave quickly at the end of the session and players from the second group are asked not to arrive early to reduce the number of people around the clubhouse.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation .  Hopefully, we can extend this if successful or there is a further relaxation to current arrangements.

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Court Maintenance to be rescheduled

The cleaning and repainting of the courts has been deferred until w/c 4 July at the earliest.  Courts can now be booked for next week.

Definite closure dates will be posted here and e mailed to members once these have been agreed with the contractor.

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Chairman’s June Newsletter

June, she’ll change her tune and so she has – including the weather.

Oh look, is that really people playing doubles tennis? Spot the ball. Good to see it back in some form though I think each member may have differing thoughts on how to interpret the government guidelines. I’m sure Jan won’t want me anywhere near just yet. Some are very happy to play doubles with people from the same household as demonstrated by Glenn and Diane and Tess and Joel in the photo; some may feel comfortable playing a double with people from different households, just with the added challenge of keeping 2 metres apart whenever possible; others may wish to wait a bit longer. Use the WhatsApp to arrange with others then continue to book through the website. If for any reason you experience a problem, send a message. If the time you wish to play is not displayed, it means it has already been booked.

It is good to see that people are back and enjoying their tennis. Quite a challenge to maintain all the needed equipment and thank you for keeping up with the rules of hygiene. As a club we are going through new balls fairly quickly. Please make sure you continue to use the balls you have taken and not just pick a new set each time you play. Our spies and moles tell me that other local clubs are charging members for balls.

A new feature – chairman’s moan. Thank you for taking away the ring pull tops as well!!!! Inference needed.

And look at those courts, don’t they need a bit of t.l.c. Fingers crossed that the cleaning and painting can go ahead starting Wednesday 17th June.

Talking of keeping the place looking in good shape.

Thanks to all who are putting time into doing their bit to keep on top of the place, however big or small. Here’s Oliver attacking those brambles that readily come through at the back of the courts. Feel free to take the initiative when you see something that needs doing. It is good to be a part of an ethos where members see they have a shared responsibility rather than an attitude that somebody else will do it. Remember, everyone volunteers the time that they can. If you wish to become more involved with the running of the club but are not sure how, please contact Pam our secretary.

No news to report on any other changes or developments including league situations.

Got any photos of people playing? Do WhatsApp them through to me as it would be good to get more up to date ones on the website.

Enjoy your tennis


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