December 2020 news

End of year message from the committee
CSP Tennis club has faced many challenges this year, not only with the onset of Coronavirus but also with major clubhouse damage from Storm Ciara earlier this year. However with a determined and dedicated committee a new Chairman, Mike Bird at the helm, works were finished on our clubhouse in early September and its looking even more fabulous than before! (even though we can’t use it properly at the moment!)
There is no doubt the whole country has had a tough time with the coronavirus pandemic and when our club was shut down completely during the 2nd quarter of the year, it was a depressing time for all members as the club sat empty and all of us unable to get out and play tennis.
However we survived! And when the first lockdown was eventually lifted, the committee took measures to ensure we came back with vigour and enthusiasm. Tennis was played at the club more than ever before. We introduced a new booking system and ‘organised play’ sessions booked on virtually every day of the week, ensuring members got to play as much tennis as possible. Thank you to all the volunteers who made these sessions possible.
Our club is renowned for hosting some super social events and it has been sad not to be able to put any on this year, including our VE public day that we were organising, our annual charity event in aid of the CSP community centre and our usual social suppers. However we don’t let these things set us back and we managed to offer zoom pilates for ladies (courtesy of Ana) and a fun 2.6 charity challenge raising for Buckinghamshire Mind where we raised £230. Watch the film for a laugh… You can still donate for those who didn’t get to:
We were sad to lose our dear friends, Jim Lofty in March and Geoff Bywaters in September this year and they have both been members of the club for many many years and are, and will be sorely missed.
Touch wood, we have all kept safe from the virus this year with only a few reported cases and undoubtedly it has hit us hard with our fitness levels and well being. This latest Tier 4 lockdown, and with members now only to play singles with 1 other household or doubles from those within the same household we must remain vigilant, sanitise, and socially distance during these winter months. Please stay away if you think you may have been in contact with anyone with the virus or have any of the symptoms yourself. You should know the symptoms by now. But please click here for the latest guidelines
Our Annual General Meeting has been set for Sunday 17th January 2021- 11am and will be held via ZOOM. We hope as many people of you will join the meeting on this day. Please click this link to register your interest in attending the ZOOM.
Therese Cooklin who has been on the committee as our publicity / marketing officer for the last 10 years is stepping down from the committee in January 2021. See her special message below to you all. Her position will be vacant from next January so we are urgently looking for 1 or 2 people to help fill this vacancy. Please contact Mike if you are interested in helping.
Derek Harris – Fixtures Secretary and Anu Sekhri – FastCourts Administrator are also stepping down from their roles. See below for their job descriptions.
We have some exciting plans for the future of the club and with membership reaching an all time high of nearly 300 adult and junior members, we can be proud that our club is growing and flourishing. We must be doing something right!
Finally we would like to wish you all a safe and enjoyable Christmas this year and we look forward to welcoming you back to the club in 2021. Thank you for your continued support and loyalty during these difficult times.
The Committee.
Help Required in 2021
Publicity/Communications Officer
We are seeking a volunteer full club member to take up this important committee position.It may be possible to split the role into two positions, one for publicity/communications, and a second (non-committee) role for website maintenance.
Main Objectives
  • To provide effective communication with club members via the club’s website, newsletters, Email, social media, notice board etc
  • To attract new members to the club by advertising locally via banners, social media, open days, local magazines
  • Maintain the club’s website to provide up-to-date information for club members and potentialnew members.
  • Attend and provide input at Committee meetings and the AGM
If you are interested in discussing the position before the AGM, please contact the Chairman, Mike Bird.
Fixtures Secretary
Main Objectives
  • To enter teams into the Bucks and Farnham Common team competitions
  • To arrange league matches for the club’s 6 – 9 competitive teams in both the winter and summer seasons.The matches are normally arranged at an evening event at Halton Tennis Club, although some fixtures are agreed via email or telephone.
  • To re-arrange matches postponed due to inclement weather
  • To liaise with team captains on match fixtures.
  • To arrange for the match dates to be posted on the club’s website.Ideally, produce a calendar of matches for posting on the club’s notice board.
FastCourts Administrator
Main Objectives
  • To maintain the club’s FastCourts online booking system.This will involve block booking time slots for ‘organised’ club play.
  • To work with the coaches for the block booking of coaching slots and tennis camps.
  • To ensure that new members are given passwords for using the system.
  • To respond to queries concerning use of the system.
Results from the Adult Coaching Survey
The survey was well received with 52 respondents, 62% of whom had taken part in group or individual adult coaching in the previous 12 months either at CSPTC or elsewhere. 56% were interested in group coaching at CSPTC and 60% were interested in individual coaching at CSPTC. Weekday evenings were the most popular time for coaching, followed by weekends and weekday mornings.
The experience of the coach and having a good rapport with the coach were the most important factors when considering whether to have coaching, closely followed by price, with a number of respondents reporting cheaper, good-quality coaching being available at other nearby clubs.
In conclusion, adult club members expressed a desire to further develop the adult coaching programme at CSPTC, although limited court availability at peak times remains an issue.  The Committee will work with our Head Coach to develop an appropriate strategy for adult coaching. We would like to thank all of our members for their help in participating in the survey and also Laura Flowers who took the lead in investigating this.
Therese says farewell as Publicity Officer
When I joined CSP tennis club nearly 14 years ago I was welcomed with open arms by members from this wonderful club. Three years after I joined, I found myself on the committee as publicity officer and I have seen the club grow from strength to strength, with many improvements to the clubhouse and courts.
However the fixtures and fittings do not make up the heart of the club, it is the people; you the members who make the club warm and a community spirited place for us to come together to play tennis and when permitted to have fun and laughs again at our amazing social events.
I know the club will continue to grow and flourish but it is down to hard working volunteers on and off the committee who selflessly lead the club in the right direction for all its members and not just for their own interests. It has been a privilege to work with many of you over the years and to get to know so many of you, that I can call you my friends. As I trawled through 1000’s of photos taken over the years, what wonderful times we have had and I share with you a short compilation of some of the best memories in this short video. I hope you enjoy the moments as much I do.
Click here to watch the video:
Love to you all, keep safe and have a very peaceful and reflective Christmas. It is a year that we will never forget but together we must keep positive and we will beat it.
Take care,