Information sheet for parents/guardians of junior members
Welcome to the Club! We are a small but progressive tennis club, with membership open to everyone with an interest in playing tennis.
Junior member can play on the courts at any time (subject to availability) without paying the normal court fees charged by the Council, which owns the courts and pavilion. We do not issue membership cards but we provide a list of members to the Council and the Caretaker at Pavilion. You may be asked your name and to provide photo ID by the caretaker at the pavilion.
Junior age groups
Annual fees for junior membership vary depending on age.
Under 10 yrs* - £10 Ages 10 -13yrs* - £30 Ages 14-17yrs* - £50
The differential in fees recognises that the U10s will not usually play outside organised coaching sessions. Also that experienced players in the 14-18 age group can play in senior club-play sessions.
* on 01 April in membership year.
Summer Visitors tickets
We provide a Summer Visitor scheme and users can enjoy limited membership rights from mid-June to mid-September. Membership can then be extended to full member status for those who wish to play on over the winter.
The Club is affiliated to Ulster Branch Tennis Ireland and is also Clubmark Accredited through Sport NI. We have strict rules for protection of our junior members. If you or your child have any issues or concerns including bullying or inappropriate behaviour by coaches, volunteers, or other junior or senior members you should report this to one of the following people:
Club Designated Person – Elaine Bunting 07510-626009
Girls Children’s Officer - Kate Jenkinson 07947-147159
Boys Children’s Officer - Lee Jenkinson 07951-919035
Courts can be pre-booked from April – Sept through the Pavilion Caretaker (028 4277 2581) during normal hours (Mon-Fri 10am to sunset, Sat 10am to 6pm). Over the winter months the courts are closed to the public but the Club plays all year round. Juniors aged 16+ can have a key for access to courts (£3 deposit). Outside club sessions it is usually possible to play without pre-booking as there will usually be at least 1 court free.
Access to courts outside normal hours
The complex is normally closed on Sundays and all public holidays. However, Adult members and Juniors aged 16 yrs+ can ‘purchase’ a key to access the courts (but not the pavilion) outside normal hours. A charge of £3 is made for the key which must be returned at the end of the membership period. This key opens the padlock on the outside gate. Please keep this gate shut and lock up when you leave.
Charges for non-members
Non-members (eg. parents of junior members) playing with junior members are liable to pay the normal court hourly rates – call in with caretaker at pavilion before play
Communications with members
The normal method of communication with members by the Club Committee is by email, so please email us with any changes in your email address. You can also use our Facebook page to keep up with news on club activities. Information is also posted on our website at www.clougheytennis.org.uk and the password to access member’s pages is “baseline”. If you do not use email or the internet, important notices about club matters are also posted on our notice-board in Cloughey Pavilion and on the courtside notice-board.
Playing opportunities for junior members
Regular coaching courses. The Club currently organizes junior coaching courses all year round. These are in blocks of 8-10 weeks using a qualified tennis coach with appropriate volunteer back-up. Each coaching group will have a 1-hour session each week with structured physical training (balance, coordination and agility) technical tennis instruction and fun games/drills.
Red Ball Group: Mainly Under 8s + beginners playing with mini-nets
Orange Ball Group: 8-9 yrs on midi courts
Green ball group: 9- 12 yrs full court
Yellow Ball group: 11yrs + full court
There is flexibility in group allocation to reflect the playing level of more experienced players.
Course fees are payable in advance for 8 week blocks and cancelled sessions will be added on at the end of course. Club members will receive discount on course fees (currently £4 per session) and non-members will pay full rate (currently £5 per session).
We are currently seeking a new regular coach and hope to have someone in place by September 2017. In the meantime Alistair Dunn will continue with help from visiting coaches.
Holiday tennis courses – Club organizes a Parks Tennis Week (5 day course in July) to get kids started at tennis but also accommodating our junior members. Also occasional 3 Summer or Easter holiday courses with 90 minute sessions with a tennis coach.
Parents – play with your children! Regular practice and playing outside coaching is essential to improve your tennis. We are planning some ‘Bring your parent to tennis’ days to encourage parents to play with their kids – but you don’t have to wait for one of these sessions – just come on down and play. There are rackets and balls available on loan at the pavilion.
Competitive tennis for juniors.
League tennis Subject to availability of enough players the club enters teams in the Belfast & District Tennis League (Boys & Girls U14, Boys and Girls U18). We have enjoyed success in the last 2 years with our U14 Boys winning their Division in 2016 and narrowly missing in a close finale in Division 1 in 2017. Our U14 Girls won their division this year.
The squads for these teams receive additional training sessions supervised by club members/parents.
All regular junior players from age 10 will be invited to come to these squads and compete for places on the teams.
Tournaments The club organizes occasional junior tournaments including the annual Junior Club Championships in August/September. In addition our more experienced players can enter open tournaments at other clubs which mainly cater for the 11 -18 yrs age groups. However there are now plenty of Mini-tennis and Red/Orange/Green ball tournaments at our neighbouring clubs in Ards North Down area.
Club Chairman Alistair Dunn is a qualified PTR and Tennis Ireland Level One coach and you can book individual lessons with him if you want to improve your child’s tennis quickly. Fee is £15 per lesson (£20 for non-members). He can also advise you on buying a racket.
Think about joining as a family
If you join as a family and then you can play anytime with your own children – lots of practice with an adult is the best way for them to improve. Download the membership from from the website to see rates.
Help us make a better club
Now that we have 3 excellent new courts, our aim is to develop a fully-fledged tennis club providing all-year-round tennis at affordable rates for all sections of the local community. Please help us recruit new members by bringing along your friends, neighbours and relatives.
information on the Club and our rules and guidelines can be found on the club noticeboard in the Pavilion.
Any questions?? – Contact us… please feel free to ask us to explain anything you want to know about the Club.
Club chairman: Alistair Dunn Mobile: 07801-374444
Hon Secretary: Kate jenkinson Mobile: 07809 385116 firstname.lastname@example.org
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