Woodthorpe Tennis Club

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News Round-Up 10/03/15

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 3:35 PM

Summer League Match Format

Following consultation with Club members and captains last autumn, Woodthorpe TC looked to bring about a change in the Notts LTA Summer League format from 3 rubbers of 2 sets each, to 3 rubbers of 16 games ie as per the Winter League but with 12 more games in total per pair.

Despite a 36-19 vote in favour of the proposal at the EGM on 03/03/15, sadly the two thirds majority required to secure change wasn't achieved. As a result the format will remain as it is now with one significant change - a tiebreak will be played at 5-5 meaning sets cannot now be 'halved'.

The Short Format league will continue to run, so let the Club and team captains know if you're interested in representing the Club and in which league.

Notts LTA Awards Night

The annual awards evening was held on 06/02/15, and saw our Ladies 1st team pick up their Summer League Division Two trophy; Carol, Sue, Wendy and Rachel represented the Club and team at the event. Congratulations to all the team on an outstanding season: P6 W6 D0 L0!

For further details of the event please visit the Notts LTA website.

Winter League 2014/15

The season draws to a close, and the current positions are:

Men's 1 - Division 2 - P4 W2 D0 L2 (3rd)

Men's 2 - Division 3 - P5 W3 D0 L2 (3rd)

Men's 3 - Division 4A - P3 W2 D0 L1 (4th)

Men's 4 - Division 4B - P5 W1 D0 L5 (7th)

Ladies 1 - Division 2 - P3 W3 D0 L0 (2nd)

Ladies 2 - Dvision 2 - P5 W2 D0 L3 (5th)

Ladies 3 - Division 6A - P6 W2 D0 L4 (5th)

Mixed 1 - Division 2 - P3 W1 D0 L2 (5th)

Mixed 2 - Division 2 - P3 W0 D0 L3 (7th)

Mixed 3 - Division 4 - P3 W2 D0 L1 (3rd)

Good luck to all involved in those final key fixtures!

The Nottingham Open 2015

Top flight tennis returns to Nottingham this summer, with both ATP and WTA events. Tickets are now on sale so visit the offical website for more details.

The Ken Poole Charity Tournament: 25/04/15

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Ken Poole: an amazing gentleman and an inspiration to us all.

Many of you will know about the terrible accident Ken had last summer. It resulted in the loss of both legs, but Ken feels he survived due to the quick response of the Air Ambulance (Nottingham Post 15/12/14).

In gratitude to them Ken has become involved in fund raising for the Nottingham Hospitals Charity Saving Lives Helipad Appeal; this is aiming to raise £3m to build an on-site helipad at the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre, which is based at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

As a Club we would like to support Ken in this cause. Ken has been a member at Woodthorpe for many years, with his cheerful demeanour and competitive nature always ensuring you get a great game of tennis. His positive attitude and determination have been admired by many, and he's carried this on into his latest and toughest challenge; he's already standing and we know it won't be long before he's walking again. 

To help Ken in his fundrasing efforts we are holding a charity tournament on Saturday 25 April:

10am - 2pm: Junior Tournament

2pm onwards: Adult Mixed Tournament

Please see the noticeboards in the clubhouse for further details and to sign up. For the adult event the entry fee will be £10 per person, with entries restricted to the first 36 people. We're hoping many of you will want to play and help Ken in this worthy cause.

If you can’t make the tournaments and would like to donate something towards the appeal, then please contact Jonathon, Ann or Carol or use the ‘Just Giving Page’ which has been set up on behalf of Woodthorpe Tennis Club. It can be found on:


Thank you!

Club AGM 2015: 25/03 7.30pm

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 6:10 PM


The AGM for the Club will be held on Wednesday 25th March 2015 at 7.30pm in the clubhouse. Please see the papers below:

Notice of AGM

Nomination Form

Proxy Form

This is your opportunity to find out what is planned for the future of the Club and for you to raise any issues, so please make every effort to attend.


Please note that a number of Committee members are standing down at the AGM this year, so we are looking for volunteers to take up these positions.

Please take some time to read through descriptions of the relevant roles and see if you could offer to take up one of these jobs. If you have any queries regarding these positions, please ask one of the current Committee members for further details.

If you would be willing to stand on the Committee your intention needs to be submitted on a Nomination Form, available from the Clubhouse, the Secretary, or the link above, and it must be received by the Secretary by 18th March 2015, for consideration at the AGM the following week.

Holiday Camps: February 2015

Posted on February 5, 2015 at 5:40 PM

Our On The Ball Coaching team are running holiday camps on 16-19th February...

Elbow Pain Research Study: Jan/Feb 2015

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Response Physiotherapy has approached the Club to participate in a research study into tennis elbow and elbow pain. They’re looking for up to 12 volunteers to help provide information for this research which will probably involve a 20-30 minute assessment session in the clubhouse on the evening of Tuesday 27 January (date and time to be confirmed).

If you’re a Club member currently suffering with elbow pain and would like to help please sign up in the clubhouse or drop an email to [email protected] - we'll be in touch to firm up arrangements nearer the time.

WTC Awards Night: 05/12/14 6.30pm

Posted on November 22, 2014 at 5:15 AM

Woodthorpe Tennis Club Awards Night 2014

Friday 5th December 6.30-7.30pm

Everyone is welcome to join us in the clubhouse for our 2014 Awards Night. Adult and Junior players will be receiving trophies in recognition of their efforts in the following categories:

Emerging Male Team Player

Emerging Female Team Player

Players' Player

Captain's Pick

Social Player of the Year

Senior Player of the Year

Special Club Award

Junior Star players (Red/Orange/Green and Yellow levels)

Light refreshments available on the night.

Warm Up For Cold Weather Tennis

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Suzanne Clark, chartered physiotherapist and author of 'Play Tennis Forever' (http://playtennisforever.co.uk/) has a few tips on preparing for tennis over the autumn and winter months...

Many of us continue to play tennis outside despite the cold weather. However, the older we get the more susceptible our bodies are to the cold and its effects. It is important to always warm-up before playing but even more so when playing in cold weather.

The main aim of warming up is to increase the heart rate gradually which then increases the amount of blood circulating through our muscles to warm them. It also makes the ligaments and tendons more flexible and so helps to avoid injury.

When the weather is cold it is harder to keep these structures warm and flexible. It is a bit like driving a car in cold weather; you usually let it warm up a little before driving off, and your body needs the same care.

So what should you do?


  • Firstly wear the right gear for the conditions. If you run around your body will get hotter and you will sweat. If your first layer is a non-wicking textile eg cotton, then it will become damp and lose its insulating effects causing you to lose heat. Wear a synthetic, breathable layer to draw the sweat away. Your second layer should be an insulating layer eg fleece, and if you need a third layer then a loose, waterproof and windproof material top or jacket would be good. Another effect of age is that the circulation in your extremities is less efficient and in cold weather your body compounds this by trying to keep your core warm at the expense of your extremities. By layering up correctly, your core stays warm enabling your body to keep your extremities warmer.
  • Gradually increase you heart rate (ideally for about 5-10 minutes) by gentle jogging or gentle running on the spot or perhaps up and down stairs if you feel particularly energetic!
  • Then try some dynamic stretches to stretch your muscles, tendons and ligaments such as lunges, trunk twists, reaching up and circling your arms.


You can warm up at home so long as you start playing within about 30 minutes. Cooling down after play will also help prevent injuries. With good preparation, god fitness levels and good aftercare you’ll be able to make the most of your winter playing.

Have fun!

October Holiday Camps 2014

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM
Our On The Ball Coaching team are running holiday camps on 28, 29 and 30 October:

Match Fixtures: Winter League 2014-15

Posted on October 4, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Despite the lovely September, autumn and winter are fast approaching; check out when and where your teams will be playing in the Winter League 2014-15.

Christmas Social: 12/12/2014

Posted on September 13, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Now taking bookings for the 2014 Christmas Social; for further details and to sign-up please see the Clubhouse Social noticeboard.