Here is the full text of the most recent report we submitted to the Parish Council:

Report for the Annual Parish Meeting on 20th April 2016

It has been another busy and successful year for Stapleford Tennis Club!

Around 50 families from in and around the village are members of our famously friendly tennis club. The club is an LTA Registered Place to Play and we share the LTA’s mission and purpose to “Get more people playing tennis more often” in order to enrich lives through tennis. We do this in part by trying to make tennis accessible to more people: promoting it as a fun, enjoyable and healthy activity. We believe this also fits in with one of the Parish Council’s specific goals arising from the Parish Plan: to improve residents’ access to sports facilities.

Following on from the success of our Open sessions in 2014 – where non-members were able to come and play – we hosted more of these in 2015 including a drop-in session of free professional coaching on the Saturday of the June Village Weekend. Open sessions were also held to co-incide with the Thursday afternoon Young People’s Activity Group sessions during school holidays, and the courts were made available for the After School Club for their annual visits to the park in the last school week of July. We hope to do similar sessions in 2016, and would be pleased to build the progamme given enough volunteer time and availability to supervise as needed.

We know from our Members’ Survey that most of our 200+ members prefer playing tennis as a sociable activity. For the budding stars of the future, we are continuing to build our programme of Junior Coaching in conjunction with Over & In. Meanwhile, an exciting new development for this year is the provision of Adult coaching sessions on Saturday afternoons (for “Beginners/Improvers”), starting on Saturday 16th April. Perhaps this chance to improve their game will then encourage more of our Members to take part when we host a “Stapleford Open” competition – one of our main ambitions for 2016.

Major Investment of the order of £30,000+ is now required for re-surfacing and fence works that are both quite badly needed; there are other additions that we would love to add if we can find the funds, e.g. a practice wall, even a replacement clubhouse? The LTA have grants available for facility improvements, and the deadline for the last round of these for 2016 is in June. Given that the whole site belongs to the Parish Council, we feel we cannot pursue any plans without the certain support and help of the Parish Council regarding what their vision for sports facilities on the Recreation Ground is, and how it can best be achieved. We are also keen to work alongside the football and cricket clubs in order to ensure the best outcome for all users.

April 2016