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JP Indoor Tennis League 2020/21

Do you fancy playing in the Mixed and/or the Ladies Indoor Tennis League?

Click here to download the entry form and information.

Closing date is Friday 14th August.

H&W County League - 19th July Update

Dear Clubs,

We've previously contacted you regarding the impact of Coronavirus on the Herefordshire and Worcestershire County LTA leagues.

At the start of this week we received further information from the LTA regarding tennis across the country, which allowed for county and district leagues to restart outdoors but in a way that is in line with Government advice and helps to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

As a County, we have given careful thought and consideration as to how league tennis within Herefordshire and Worcestershire can get back to normal as soon as possible, yet be in line with Government advice and mindful of the on-going national situation.

2019/20 Winter Leagues

Given the unprecedented situation, and in order to allow a 2020/21 winter season to start on time, the County Committee have agreed to finalise the 2019/20 Winter Ladies, Men's and Mixed Leagues using an average points system.

Once the average points system has been applied to any remaining matches, should two teams be tied on points within any division then the head to head result between those two teams will determine the final standing. If the two teams that are tied on points have not played each other then it may be necessary to organise a play-off where promotion or relegation is to be decided, or where the winning of the division and trophy is to be determined.

Each of the winter leagues will be updated online over the next few days to show the updated situation and League Organisers will contact any individual teams who are required to arrange play-off matches. Such matches must be completed and results submitted by the end of Sunday 23rd August.

2020/21 Winter Leagues

As previously stated, we wish to start the 2020/21 winter season on time. Should you wish to take part then we would ask that you complete and return the attached entry form by no later than Monday 24th August in order to allow enough time before they are published on Monday 14th September. As per the details on the entry form, we will be crediting the entry fees paid for the cancelled 2020 Summer League against the 2020/21 Winter League.

Given the current Government advice, we do not intend to hold the traditional winter fixtures meetings this September and we will be in touch over the course of the coming weeks with further information on the process for arranging fixtures.

As we will not be holding the traditional winter fixtures meetings, we would ask that any league trophies that were collected at the presentation evening in October or at the AGM in November 2019, as well as any that were collected personally, be returned by no later than 31st August. League trophies can be returned to the Manor Park Club Office between the hours of 10am and 1pm Monday to Friday, or to Jan Thomas at Bellington House, Worcester Road, Harvington, DY10 4NE. Please return the trophies in a bag or box with your club and your personal contact details clearly labelled.

We are pleased that we are able to enable league tennis to return across Herefordshire and Worcestershire and as a County we would like to thank you for your patience and understanding since March. We hope that you will enjoy playing competitively once again, but in a way that is in line with Government advice and helps to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

Current guidelines for tennis players and for tennis venues can be found at https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19---latest-advice/ 

The Winter 2020/21 Entry Form can be downloaded here.

Kind regards,

Ed Bradford
Chair, Senior Development Team

Play Your Way Campaign

You may of heard of the new LTA #PlayYourWay campaign that has been significantly promoted across social media recently.

For those venues and coaches who attended a #BackToTennis webinar, we have created a new page on the County website that contains a recording of the Zoom webinar plus the resources!

Please do take the time to check out the information as it can help you increase your membership and grow coaching programmes.

Play Your Way

 

Volunteers' Week 2020

 

Membership/Pay & Play Ideas

Our friends at Midlands LTA have put together a list of membership and pay & play idea that are currently being used by tennis clubs in the Midlands and North.

Download the PDF here and take a look.

The BIG H&W Lockdown Quiz

Well done to the 20 teams who took part in last nights BIG H&W Lockdown Quiz!

After some fierce off court competition the final results were:

1st, Malvern Quarantine Quizlets
2nd, Bromsgrove Mopheads
3rd, Redditch Raiders

A BIG high five to Audrey, Bertie, Susanna and Greg from the Malvern Quarantine Quizlets who were crowned lockdown quiz CHAMPS! 

A special thanks to Sally Franks from Bromsgrove Tennis Club who kindly setup and hosted the quiz.

We hope that you all enjoyed taking part and it wasn't too taxing on the brain cells!

Stay safe everyone!

The H&W Longest Rally Challenge

In late April the H&W Tennis Community really came together in support of the inter-county Longest Rally Challenge against Tennis Oxfordshire.

We have been touched by the amount of support received from tennis families around H&W in picking up a racket, spade, inflatable banana, bottle, stick, ironing board, light sabre, frying pan, umbrella and anything else they could find to help us in this challenge.

There may not be any tennis happening at the moment but this didn’t stop YOU from taking part and hopefully having lots of fun.

It was a tough challenge and Tennis Oxfordshire really pushed hard on the final day, but it was H&W who narrowly took the victory 131 to Oxfordshire’s 127 and are crowned the 2020 Longest Rally Challenge Champions!

 

VI Coaches Workshop

On Saturday 1st March we hosted a special event at Manor Park Sports Club, for coaches who run visually impaired tennis sessions at their venues.

Louise Assioun, the GB Head Coach for Visually Imparied Tennis, kindly spent the day with us and delivered specialist sessions with the coaches, aimed at how to effectively deliver VI tennis.

We were also joined by a number of H&W VI players for part of the day, where they benefited from hints and tips from the UK’s leading VI Coach.

An amazing and very enjoyable day was had by everyone!

Many thanks to Manor Park for their continued support and to our first class team of volunteers.

 

 

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