In order to take Long Eaton Tennis to the next level, we have a couple of projects.
Firstly. the introduction of intra and inter-club tournaments. We had a trial tournament last week and it was a great success. Thanks to the players for their enthusiasm, sportspersonship and friendly competitiveness, and thank you to helpers and scorers who were on a learning curve of their own. Congratulations to the winners. The next tournament is scheduled for the send or third weekend in Dec. It would be great if all the players had a British Tennis number and rating so that they and their opponents can begin to develop their regional and national standing. The registration process is simple and cheap/free and can be done online at https://www.lta.org.uk/Members/Join/
Secondly, two of the team are currently training for referee status (causing some unfortunate disruption to the Sunday scheduling). If one of us is successful, we will be able to host higher level competitions for the more competetive players. Please test us by asking questions about the rules of tennis.
Ongoing projects include attempting to secure and improve the facility to ensure the player development can continue in the long term and the aquisition of basic equipment to support the competitions. we need mini nets, lines and balls and hope to attract funding through events, donations and philanthropy. We are keen to keep the tennis affordable or free where possible.