The Easter Camps had a nail biting finish with all teams still in contention coming into the final couple of events. Some sterling displays from the Red team edged them past the Gold team to take victory. I love the camps, lots of children coming together having fun and making new friends in the process. The picture of our top players taking a breather from their games really epitomises this! A big thank you to all of you that came in!
What a great day we had yesterday at the Sundridge Park Easter Camps. The Team competition is hotting up - Last day of the camps today, which team is going to come out on top!
Some great tennis was there to be seen at the Yellow Ball Easter Camp tournament. There were some fantastic matches throughout the tournament, but the final between Leon Goffin and Oliver Gower eclipsed them all. The match was decided on a tiebreak which Leon eventually won. Both boys should be commended on the level of play and they way they carried themselves - Well done to everyone that took part.
We had a great turn out for the Orange Ball tournament, with many of the children playing in their first tournament. It was great to see the little ones out there learning this great game and enjoying themselves. The final was contested between Oliver Graham and Chloe Graham, with big sister coming out victorious! Well done to everyone that took part - I was very proud of you all!
Our customary game of "Big Ball" went down a treat at the end of the little ones Easter camp session at Sundridge Park. 2 teams stand opposite each other and launch tennis balls at the Big Ball to try to send it over their opponents line! It got very competitive, especially with the parents! :-)
Sundridge Park staged a Mini Red Matchplay this afternoon for some of our aspiring Mini Red players. For most of the children it was their first match experience. The matches were all played in a great spirit and some of the tennis was breathtaking! Well done to all of you that played. I am sure your parents were all so proud of you....I certainly was! Well done to you all!
The Boys were in fine form after they challenged the girls to a Davis Cup match. The girls put up a brave fight before eventually going down! Matches were played as always in a great spirit....next time girls!
Thank you to everyone who came along to our Sports Relief Easter Challenge last night. A great time was had by all. The Adults and Juniors battled it out in challenges over 4 courts, while Steve and Sue cooked up a storm in the kitchen. The evening concluded with chocolate eggs and a spot of dancing!
Big thanks to Steve and Sue, all the assistants and Lou Anand for her amazing face painting!
What a great session we had this morning in the lovely sunshine with the Friday Improvers class! They all worked hard and we finished with a titanic game of rotation! Awesome!
Sundridge Park was blessed with glorious sunshine for todays Sport Relief Doubles tournament. 20 competitors stood toe to toe for 5 rounds of doubles matches. There was some fantastic tennis played, all in great spirit and lots of laughs and fun was had by all! Rupert Dalton pipped Vince Grima to the Men's title and Ivonne Goffin won her 2nd tournament running at the Club, with Aliza finishing a close second. We all had a wonderful lunch afterwards and raised £126 in the process for Sports Relief! Watch this space for our next tournament!
Huge congratulations to Emily Beckwith for winning the Crystal Palace 2 Kilometre run. There were over 300 competitors, so winning it is just amazing! Emily is quite the star on the tennis court too, coupled with her athleticism I think we will be seeing a lot more of her in the future! Everyone at Sundridge Park is so proud of you! Well done!!
Big congrats in order for our home grown junior Louis Grieves who recently passed his LTA Level 1 coaching badge. Louis has been assisting me for a couple of years now and has developed into a great coach. He is planning to take his Level 2 this coming summer - Great stuff Louis!!
Despite the chilly weather it was great to see so many juniors out at the Junior Xmas Special. Huge thanks to Carolyn Everitt for once again transforming the Clubhouse with her amazing decorations - lots of wonderful touches! There were only 5 adults for the Davis Cup challenge, but an abundance of juniors, so we lent the adults some of the juniors. Perhaps we gave them to many of our top ones as the adults gained revenge from our last encounter, winning by 2 points! Huge thanks to all that played - it was a great spectacle and the kids loved it!
GET YOUR BAUBLES READY - SUNDRIDGE NEEDS DRESSING FOR CHRISTMAS!
Only a week to go before our Junior Christmas Special on Friday 8th December. Don't forget to get your Christmas inspired outfits at the ready, your decoration of choice for the tree and an item of non-perishable goods for our Foodbank Collection. (If you forget your bauble don't panic there will be decorations on stand by.)
Pizzas will be available but please ensure that you pre-order so we can ensure that we have enough to go round. We will have the usual selection of Margarita £6, Pepperoni £7 plus a Christmas Special, Camembert and Cranberry £7. So get booking!
Festivities will commence as follows:
5 - 6pm Tennis Family Night Special
6 - 7pm Squash Fun Night
7 - 7.30pm Dressing of the Tree
7.15 - 8.30pm Davis Cup Challenge Juniors Vs Adults
If you would like to play for the adults in the Davis Cup Challenge, do please sign up in the Club House - similarly if you are a "Full Tennis" Yellow Ball Junior and would like to play, do let Richard know.
Do bring your friends and family, they are more than welcome. There will be mulled wine behind the bar plus the usual assortment of beverages, so let's pack the Club House out and start the season's festivities in style!
I am still buzzing from a brilliant evening last Friday at the Clubs Halloween night! It was fantastic to see how many children and adults came in fancy dress....I even grew some horns and replaced my tennis racket with a trident! Our 2 winners (seen pictured below) of the best costumes go to Serena and Emily....don't they look awesome! The clubhouse was more like a haunted house....This was all down to Carolyn Everitt who spent most of Friday (and the days before) getting all the decorations in place, she certainly isn't short of creativity!....huge thanks to Carolyn!! Talking of other talents a big thank you must go to our amazing face painter Louise...we are so lucky to have her at our events!
And lastly a big well done to our Clubs juniors (pictured below) who narrowly got past our seniors in the Davis Cup challenge. Some of the tennis was breath taking and played in such good spirits...well apart from a few of Nick Lambrou's line calls! Thanks to all the adults that played and made it so much fun for our juniors....all of the children said they want to do it every week....winning is fun after all!! :-)
Well done to Matilda for winning the most improved player of the month. Her forehand and backhand swing shapes have gone to another stratosphere!! Pictured here last Friday at our Halloween event! Awesome ready position....onwards and upwards Waltz!!
Sundridge will get a ghoulish makeover this Friday evening, as we celebrate a special Halloween Family Night!
The evening will start with junior coaching as normal but juniors are invited to spook their coaches with their terrifying costumes. Prizes are in the offering for the best dressed!
Free junior coaching will follow at 5pm with Squash and then 6pm with Tennis. When the clock strikes 7pm adults are invited to join the festivities with a Davis Cup Halloween Special - Adults vs Juniors (starting at 7.15pm). Adults please register here if you would like to play - costumes are positively encouraged!
Who will terrorise the court?
Away from the court, the bar will be open and the tunes rocking. Pizza will be available from 5pm - pre-order yours now to beat the rush. And if you didn't have time to sort out your Halloween costume, do not fear, Lou will be in the house from 5-7pm to create makeovers of a life time.
We hope to see you there...
Ben Stringer and Jack Lockett both put in sterling displays in the LTA Kent Winter Junior 12's Inter Club competition beating Old Wilsonians this afternoon 3-0. Jack won his singles 6-0, 6-0 and Ben won his 6-1, 7-5 and they won the doubles 6-2, 6-2. Happy faces here!!
Sundridge Park hosted an LTA Team Challenge event this afternoon on our new hard courts and were blessed with lovely weather. We had teams from Bromley Cricket Club and Blackheath Tennis Club as well as 2 of our own. For some of the children it was their first tournament experience and I have to say everyone did incredibly well and I was very proud. All matches were played in great spirits and some of the tennis was outstanding! We had many parents basking in the sunshine with glasses on wine in hand - a great time had by all. Big thanks to Carolyn Everitt for helping me host the tournament. Pictured here are all the competitors and our own victorious team of Kush Ruparellia, James Kelly, Zahra De Souza and Anna Kamstrup....Well done you superstars!!
Who said anything about lazy Sunday afternoons...not for this lot! A great session was had by all on our lovely new hard courts. Blood, Sweat and Tears....you are all winners!!