Santa Claus came to the club and played some good tennis in spite of distracting moves by some of the reindeer! No seriously, we had an excellent time enjoying festive food and drink, intermingled with the odd game whilst being accompanied with Christmas carols from a ‘boogie’ box. Thanks go to all those who contributed food and drink and participated in a very pleasant pre-Christmas party.
The 4 courts have now been professionally cleaned and are moss-free. They look great! Enjoy.
Although we employ a cleaner for routine activity throughout the year, members of the committee were recently out in force doing a deep-clean of the club premises.
Other members trimmed bushes inside and outside the club grounds. The committee is always on the look out for members wanting to take a more active role in the running of the club. If this is you, please let one of the committee members know!
It was a great evening for Thrapston Tennis Club at the Northampton Tennis League Awards Dinner held on Saturday 2 November 2019. If you remember last year, the Men’s A and B team picked up 4 Divisional titles between them and have now added a further 2 this year! The A team captained by Henry Spencer won the Winter Division Three title. The B team with Simon Hossack won the Summer Division Four title. Well done to all those who contributed to those successes!
However, the most rewarding award was Thrapston winning The Prentice Salver. This award is given to the club that is most conscientious in meeting league rules or in other words, to the ‘nicest’ club. This covers everything from registration to prompt inputting of results, accommodating other teams and not incurring the various penalties that the league can impose. Moreover, it recognises those teams that make its visitors most welcome. Thrapston teams have developed a reputation for providing unexpected and good hospitality – from homemade cakes, snacks, cheese and biscuits and, of course, the killer ingredient: Prosecco!
This award not only comes with a Silver Salver that is now on display, but also a cheque for £100 for the Club.
This is a tremendous reflection on the team players and in particular the team captains: Hilary Baseley of the Mixed Team and prone to providing cheese and biscuits in part because these are not allowed at home; Henry Spencer of the Men’s A team and never slow to reach for the bottle opener; and Simon Hossack of the Men’s B team who must be considering building his own snack and biscuit factory by now. It also reflects well on the Club’s administrators especially Keith Stockley and Jane Welman.
Although the Award was presented by the Northampton Tennis League, Thrapston’s reputation for hospitality extends to the captains of the East Northants League: Ladies’ A Team Vanessa Taylor; Ladies’ B Team Judith Wildman, Mixed Team Chris Hutchinson; Men’s A Team Martin Welsh and Men’s B Team Jim Arkell.
Inter-club competition is a great conduit for social interaction with tennis lovers beyond our own club and a great window on our own club and we are very proud of this award.
If you’re looking for a coaching course for your children this Autumn, look no further: it’s here on the link: https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/TennisForKids/At/ThrapstonDistrictTennisClub Good luck!