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Presentation Evening

Dear Club Members.
Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Ray Short and I'm the New Social/Fundraising Coordinator. One of the first things I would like to do is get some feedback on what type of Entertainment Club Members would like for the Clubs Presentation Evening.
Here are some of the ideas I'm putting forward, please feel free to choose one or if you have any ideas please let me know by email at Raymond.short007@outlook.com

1. Magician/Illusionist
2. Comedian
3. Solo/Duo Musicians

On a another note I'm looking to organise a Club Social Event/Evening like a Pasty/Quiz, Curry/Quiz and I'm asking all Club Members if they would like to contribute towards the raffle or a prize for the winners.
This could be anything from Tins Of Biscuits/Chocolates, Wine to Gift Cards/Vouchers. Anything donated would be appreciated and there are lots of small gifts to choose from being as Christmas is close.
All proceeds will help go towards the building of The New Pavilion.
Can I thank you all in advance for any help, donation and for taking the time in reading this News Article.

I look forward in seeing you all on court.

Best Wishes

Ray Short

Two-bounce Tennis Sessions for over 35s

Did you play tennis some time ago, and want to get back into it, or never played before and want to give it a go?

Come and try our Two-Bounce Tennis Programme - its completely free.

The idea of Two-Bounce Tennis is to encourage people who have not played tennis before or who are rusty, to come and enjoy the game for free for six weeks! The sessions are aimed at the Over-35s who have not played tennis before or for a long time. More experienced players will be welcome to play normal (one-bounce) tennis depending on the make-up of the class. Younger people will be accommodated if space allows.

If you enjoy the course, then you will be welcome to join the club at a promotional rate.

Start Date - Wednesday 6th November
Frequency - Every Wednesday for six weeks
Times - 10.30 - 12noon
Where - Frome Selwood Tennis Club, Somerset Road, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1HB
Content - there will be tennis and games throughout the sessions with a break for cake and coffee or tea!

To find our more or book onto the course, contact our Head Coach: Stephen Marcelle on 07847 476521 or email him at coaching@frometennis.net

This innovative scheme is made possible by sponsorship from Seniors Tennis GB.


Play FREE OF CHARGE for your first month at our club nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm and on weekends from 2pm. To look at membership options and pay online, click here

Apply Now for Junior and Adult Coaching

Team Bath are delivering the winter coaching from 2nd September 2019. There are many courses and activities on offer and you can apply on line here

Stephen Marcelle (the coach) will be very pleased to hear from you if you need further information. His contact details are: sm2729@bath.ac.uk and 07847 476521.

We have received a number of questions about whether the Reaching Out Scheme for children from low income families is still running. The answer is yes and now it includes free club membership.

Free Tennis Sessions on Park Courts Saturdays 3pm-4:30pm

Here is a link for information on the free summer tennis coach led sessions

Three Minute On Line Survey - Proposal to Floodlight the Community Tennis Courts

Frome Selwood Tennis Club would like to install floodlighting to the Community Tennis Courts in the Mary Baily Playing Field. This would significantly extend the use of the courts over the year, so that they could be used all day during the winter months. This would enable junior after-school tennis to continue right through the winter, and provide more availability for the public and club players during the darker months.
The lighting scheme will be designed to minimise any light falling outside of the court area and will be of modern low-energy design.
Please let us have your views on this proposal here
The outcome will help Frome Town Council make the decision as to whether to proceed with this initiative.


The Club is holding a Public Consultation Day on Saturday July 20th from 12am until 4pm. The club are planning to build a new pavilion and are also hoping to obtain the agreement of Frome Town Council to add floodlighting to the adjacent Community Courts.

A Sport England Community Asset Fund Grant of 50% has already been obtained toward the pavilion, and the club is hopeful that Sport England will also support the floodlighting project if Frome Town Council give the go ahead.

Club members and the public are invited to come and look at the proposals and provide their views. Alongside the Consultation Day the club is holding its annual Finals Day, and the club committee would also like to invite the public to come and enjoy watching some tennis, have their speed of serve measured and perhaps enjoy some Pimms and a BBQ.

We hope a large number of members of the public and also tennis players come and have their say. We would really like to hear their views on this community initiative.

The floodlighting of the courts is necessary to extend the court hours available during the year and will enable the club to continue after-school Junior Tennis during the winter months. The new pavilion will provide an improved social environment for players and their families and will replace the old one which is now 23 years old.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday and hearing what you have to say!

John Price
Fundraising & Development Officer

Frome Selwood Tennis Club

Frome's Free Tennis Sessions

Frome's Free Tennis Sessions will return to the club in April 2019. For more information please contact Stephen Marcelle at sm2729@bath.ac.uk or 07847 476521

Can Your Business Support a Young Tennis Player?

In an exciting new initiative Frome Selwood Tennis Club is driving forward plans to support children's accessibility to tennis.

The Club recognises that tennis can be expensive for some parents and they are looking for a local company (or companies) to help run a concessionary membership scheme for juniors whose parents are on low income and state benefits. The Club wants to provide a 50% discount for up to 10 candidates. They are hoping to run the scheme for 5 years at a cost in total of approximately £7,000 over those years.

The Club is inviting a sponsor or sponsors to come forward and be associated with the scheme. A significant sponsor would be able to put their name to the scheme and display a banner at the club and receive various other publicity benefits alongside.

Club Chair, John Price said: "Tennis is a great sport, is fun for all levels of ability and its profile in the UK has been raised considerably over the last few years. At Frome Selwood Tennis Club we see tennis as an inclusive game not an exclusive one, but not every family can afford to send their child along to tennis coaching. If we can find some generous sponsors to help us with this scheme it will give several of those children who are excited to learn new tennis skills the chance to do so".

For more information or to discuss possible involvement in the scheme, please email chairman@frometennis.net.

Frome gains the Aegon Tennis Club of the Year Award 2016

The Somerset LTA Committee have awarded Frome Selwood Tennis Club the Aegon Tennis Club of the Year Award for 2016. The Club will now go forward to the Regional Club of the Year Round.

The club was congratulated for its role in the provision of 3 superb new tennis courts for the community with advanced on-line booking and access, and also its high participation levels. We were applauded for actively encouraging Tennis for all age groups from 3yrs to 80yrs old, and all standards of tennis from our many Adult Teams, the Park Singles Tennis Leagues and to those playing for pleasure. We were also congratulated for our strong presence in the local community and our high membership satisfaction levels and membership retention.

We have demonstrated a willingness to think innovatively and progressively in order to grow and develop all aspects of the club (e.g. marketing & promotion, utilising technology, membership & coaching programme structure, engaging in LTA initiatives)

Club Chairman John Price said: "We are delighted and very proud to receive this award. It has been hard-earned by our committee and our member volunteers. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those who give their time and efforts so freely now and in the past for the good of our club: members of the committee, trustees, league team captains and players, parents, all the volunteers helping at our club events, the many long term members who have contributed so much in the past and continue to do so, and all those who do their best for the club in too many ways to mention. It is also important to recognise the very important work put in by Chris Matthews and our hard-working coaching team".

Contract Placed with S & C Slatters

Frome Selwood Tennis Club announced today that 3 new tennis courts are to be built in Victoria Park to replace the existing 3 derelict courts. As part of the package of work, the old courts are to be removed and the area returned to grass, with some of the material from the old courts being re-cycled and used for the foundation of the new courts. The club is working in partnership with Frome Town Council who placed the order with the Newbury company today.
John Price (Club Chairman) said that: "This is great news. The club has been working in partnership with the town council for 2½ years to raise the money for the courts, and he thanked the grant bodies for their support. These include: Sport England, the LTA, Mendip District Council and Frome Community Lottery. Also he expressed thanks to club members and townspeople for sponsoring their square of court and helping to raise the sum required - their names are permanently recorded on the club web site".
Work on the courts will start in early December and should be completed in time for the start of the tennis season in April.
The courts will be operated and maintained by the tennis club on behalf of the town council and will be available for the general public on a pay and play basis with booking and payment being made on-line at the town council offices and also at the Park Café on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The club will also use the courts on some evenings for matches, club evenings and booked sessions.

John Price (Chairman)

More Good News - Another £10,000 awarded

The Club has just learnt that it has been awarded a further £10,000 this time by Mendip District Council, for the new courts in the park. This leaves only another £2,500 to raise. Work has now started on a planning application and design work, which will be carried out by NVB Architects.

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