Frome Tennis League

Starting soon! The Frome Tennis League is the league that sends FREE tennis balls to everyone who completes 3 matches by the half way mark and gives a prize to the winners of each group!

The next round runs from Thursday 31 August to Wednesday 25 October and it's a great way to improve and to have some competitive fun.

Entry is just £18 here. But hurry! The closing date is Monday 28 August! Men and women, aged 18+, of all standards very welcome!

Autumn Term Children's Group Lessons

Term Dates for Autumn 2017

Beginning 4th September
Half Term 21st October
Continues 30th October
End Term 16th December

The fees for this term (September - December) £ 84.00.

Children coming multiple times per week deduct 20% off the second and subsequent lessons.

Sibling discount 20% off your second and subsequent child's fees.

50% OFF tuition fees with the Reaching Out Scheme. See the download section of this website for Reaching Out.PDF


A reminder to all club members, parents and juniors that we are holding our second "Open Day" of this summer on Sunday the 23rd July.

This is the opportunity for mums and dads to also pick up a racquet; instead of just watching their children.

We are retaining the same successful format with Mini Tennis;family Tennis ; Free play and adult coaching from Chris Matthews.

As ever, we will be providing refreshments throughout the day with our resident lunchtime BBQ chefs of Lucien and Laura providing the protein for all our carnivores- young and old.

Whilst the invitation is for everyone to join in the tennis, we also need volunteers to help in the kitchen and generally entertain our visitors.
All donations of cakes will be gratefully received!

This is the weekend after Wimbledon - tennis has to be on your agenda ?!
Look forward to seeing you .

Are you seeing our Facebook pages?

A quick reminder for all members- both new and old - to join our members group page on Facebook and Like the open page as well to ensure that you keep totally up to date with news from the club.

Look for "Frome Selwood Tennis" for the closed group and "Frome Tennis Club" for the open page.


Summer Tennis Camp '17

1st July - Bendenden Tennis Festival - Child/Adult doubles competiton Sign up sheet in the club house or call /text email Chris Matthews for entry into the Summertime Slam

Bendenden Tennis Festival Details

Sunday`s Great British Tennis "Open Day"

Fortunately,the sun shone on us throughout what was a successful day. We had over 60 attendees of varying ages; with all 6 of our courts in use at various times.
As ever, we were able to keep our guests happy with refreshments, as they came off court.
It was wonderful to see the children responding to Chris, Callum and Steve`s coaching and motivation techniques.
A Big Thank You to all our volunteers - including our coaching team; Martine,Gill, Veronica, Rachel, Alan, Renalie and not forgetting our BBQ-in Chiefs - Lucian and Laura pus Andrei!
Hayley won the most topical cake,with the icing depicting FSTC on the shape of a tennis ball.However, all the cakes were delicious - Thanks to Martine, Veronica, Alex. Valentine. Apologies if I have missed anyone.

Overall, we were able to break even on the event and are hopeful of increasing our membership.
Next event is Sunday 23rd July. Put it in your diary

Geoff & John


It`s that time of the year again, when the LTA sponsor us to appeal to the Community at large.
With 6 courts available, we hope to attract lots of potential tennis players to the sport and to our Club.

Please invite your family and friends to join us on these days.

The planned activities will appeal to all ages and skill levels.

Mini Tennis; Free Play; family time and adult coaching.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day, with a BBQ at lunchtime.

We are looking for volunteers to help on either of the days, so look out for an email.

Hopefully, you will put one or both dates in your diary.
look forward to seeing you then


PIMM's Social Tournament

Sunday 7th May 10-1pm

BBQ and Drinks (Donations of £4 welcome - all money to FLTC)

Please contact Oliver Leatham to book your place:

Additional Courts Available on Easter Day

The Junior Competition has a smaller entry than expected so we have been able to release Community Courts 1 and 2 for the whole day and these can now be booked. Also Club Courts 1 and 2 will now be available after 4pm. Competition play will take place on Community Court 3 and Club Courts 1 and 2 between 9am and 4pm.


We are struggling a little this year for team players, and we are at risk of not having enough players to run three teams in each category. The situation is especially serious in the Mixed Category.

On paper (based on last year's player availability and new players joining) we should have enough, but some have not come forward this year, and some new members seem unaware.

So, if you have not alerted Victoria Barwell (Teams Representative on the committee) or one of the team captains that you would like to play this year, then please do so by Saturday 15th April at the latest, or we may have to drop a team or two.


Come and join us at an event for all the family.

"Spill the Whisky" will be our Feature band, specialists in ceilidh dances and music with an Irish lilt.
Take a look at them on their You Tube clips

We are also having a 3 course dinner , catered for us by Mrs B`s (as at Xmas)

The event will offer you a chance to meet our friends from Murrhardt Tennis Club, who will be visiting our Club over that weekend.

Put the date in your diary ! SATURDAY 17TH JUNE

Details re menus and costs will be sent out separately.

Tickets will be available from John Price; Geoff Smith; Chris Matthews;Rachel Blacklidge; Laura Murray and Tony Chaventre

Easter Tennis Camp 2017

Easter Tennis Camp
Week 1 - 9am to 12pm Monday to Friday
Week 2 - 9am to 12pm Monday to Thursday

The On line form for Easter Tennis Camp is at the bottom of the Download Section.

Tennis for Kids Free lessons and racket



Accommodation Needed for our German Visitors

This year we will be hosting our German friends from Murrhardt Tennis Club. They will be here with us from the afternoon of Thursday 15th June until the morning of Sunday 18th June

The basic plan is:

- Thursday (Arrival and evening meal with host family)

- Friday (A day out in Bath, with an evening BBQ and games)

- Saturday (Tennis competitions, followed by a supper and ceilidh at Beckington Memorial Hall)

We are looking for host families to accommodate the visitors on a voluntary basis. Please note that you will not necessarily be committed to the daytime activities, although you will be very welcome to join in. Families who host our guests will get free entry to the supper and ceilidh on the Saturday evening.

The families who will require accommodation are:

- The Fritz Family (Mother and one son of 10 years old)

- The Musiol Family (Father and mother and 12 and 14 year old daughters)

- The Vogler family (A couple in their 50s)

- The Ziegler family (Mother, a boy of 16 and a daughter of 10)

If you would be happy to offer accommodation for any of these families or require further information, please let John Price know as soon as you can at or 07713 737890.


18th March at 12 am Frome Tennis Club clubhouse.

Please look out for email shortly or see notice board at club for more details.



Due to lack of entries we have had to cancel the Quiz Night on Friday 3 March and it will not now be going ahead.

If you would like to see a Quiz in the future please let Adrian West know - or any of the Committee - and we will consider re-scheduling.

CLUB NIGHT - Reminder

Calling all active and enthusiastic quizzers.

The QUIZ NIGHT needs YOU!!

We are low on teams wanting to take part. If you would like to get involved please contact Adrian West as soon as possible

Don't Forget! It's Friday 3 March at the Rugby Club from 7pm
Bar available
You can bring your own food!

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

Defective Floodlights on Court 2

We have problems with the floodlights on Court 2. An electrician has been called, but until the problem is fixed please do not book Court 2, or use the floodlights on Court 2 as it will cause the whole system to trip.


The Tennis Club Quiz Night is back (by popular demand!)

At Frome Rugby Club: Friday 3 March at 7pm.
Teams of 4 (maximum) Entry Fee £14 per team. closing date for entries 24 Feb.
Bar will be available

Please register your team with Adrian West and look out for more details. Mobile 07813562681 or email

Don't forget your team name! (We may even award a prize for our favourite ... or we may not!)

The Social Team

(and look out later in the year for details of a Racing Night)


To OPT-IN to the Wimbledon Ballot at the British Tennis Membership website. Time is running out!!!

New Year's Day Anti-Hangover Tournament

Dear Members,

Why not start off the New Year with some tennis?

There will be an Anti-Hangover Tournament, from 10am to 1pm on New Year's Day.

There will definitely be no mulled wine, or mince pies, or Christmas music, as would be expected from the bah humbug organiser!!! Although there will be some decent coffee and biscuits (and maybe some cake) in good supply. Normal charges (£3 will apply).

Let me know directly (not the secretary) by email or phone or text if you would like to play:


07713 737890

Finally, I would like to wish all members a very happy Christmas and New Year.


Club Wins Top Award

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".


We need your payment for the Christmas party food as soon as possible please. Contact Mark Poole for details on how to pay


Christmas Party Menu - Update

Don't forget to let Mark know your choices from the TRADITIONAL XMAS MENU for the Christmas Party by the end of today.

The event kicks off at 7.00pm at the Rugby Club on 10 December - only one week to go! - so dust off your glad rags, dig out your glitter and come and enjoy some festive food, fun and frolics (apparently we all have to watch Mark dance!)

Food will be served at 7.30pm (we hope ....)

Christmas Party Menu Choices

Don't forget to let us know your menu choices for the Christmas Party by 03 December.
Menus have been e-mailed out to everyone but if you've not had one check out the Facebook Closed Group page or let us know.

Alex and Mark

Club Christmas Party - more news

A reminder about the Club's Christmas Party and Presentation Evening on 10 December 2016.

Children, family and friends all welcome. Children under 10 will be charged half-price. We really want to make this an occasion for all our club members so come along and help us celebrate a great year of tennis. There will be a disco for those - young and old - wishing to dance the night away!

Presentations will be made for both adult and junior achievements.

Can we please ask that if you have not already notified us, you do so ASAP so we know we have enough people to confirm the booking of the venue, food and entertainment.

Please email to let us know your likely numbers and watch this page for further details.

Mark & Alex
Social Secretaries


The next Social Tournament is SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER from 10am

Please email: or text 07742690790 to confirm your place (places are limited).
The usual entry fee of £3 to cover prizes and refreshments will apply,

Hope to see you there!
Ivan & Laura

Club Christmas Party

Dear Club Members

FSTC are delighted to announce that this years Xmas Bash will be held on SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER at FROME RUGBY CLUB.

The evening will include a traditional sit-down meal followed by a disco with family & friends all welcome (times will be confirmed in the coming weeks).

What do you need to do?

Firstly, get the date in your diaries and let me know how many of you are coming as soon as you can by replying to the email sent to all members. Secondly, have a look at the menu sent to you by e-mail and choose from either a 2-course or 3-course option. I don't need your menu choices yet so relax and I'll let you know.

I hope this all makes sense and I'm looking forward to hearing from you all.

Any questions, either ring or text me on 07714785242.
Mark Poole

Half Term Tennis Sessions -

Half Term Junior Tennis Sessions 24th - 28th October from 9am until 12pm.


Many thanks for all who attended yesterday`s Social/Fun Tournament: that includes players and those there for the "social" part.
We were lucky with the weather and privileged to meet Cathie Sabin, our first female president of the LTA and Andy Fay, our Chairman of Somerset LTA. She presented us with a book on the history of the Davis Cup to mark our recent success.
Lucian served up an excellent mix of burgers, sausages and chicken to sustain most of us during the eleven rounds of tennis.
Congratulations to Lucian, Oliver, Abi and Gill for taking home the booze on this occasion.
The next Tournament is scheduled for Sunday 11th September


We are due to host two special guests at next Sundays tournament - Cathie Sabin ; President of the LTA and Andy Fay, Chairman of Somerset LTA.

We are looking for more players to consolidate our image of a thriving club!

We will be having a small scale BBQ and light refeshments at around 12 ish and aim to kick off the tennis at 1 pm.

Even if you are unable to play, come down and say hello for an hour or so.

Usual entry fee -£3 to cover prizes and refreshments.

Contact Geoff Smith to confirm entry via text 07885261152 or email

It should be a fun afternoon.

Frome Tennis Leagues - ENTRY DATE EXTENDED

The LTA have kindly extended the sign-up time for the Frome Tennis Leagues to Wed 27th July.

This is a great opportunity to play singles and to encourage more people from the area to come and see the talent on display at our Club. A number of members have already signed up. Will you be next??

Frome Tennis Leagues - SIGN UP BY 20th July

We are pleased to announce the commencement of new Frome Tennis Singles Leagues. These are open to both members and non-members and will be run by Oliver Leatham. Please go to to join up. Closing date for entries this month is midday on 20th July.

Any queries to Oliver on

Free Public Tennis for July August and September

Frome Town Council are generously funding over 400 hours of free tennis on the new Community Tennis Courts in the Mary Baily Field in July, August and September. For free hours in July click here and for August and September click here.

20 Tennis fans go to Wimbledon

Frome Tennis Club took 20 junior tennis players and parents to Wimbledon on Ladies final's day. The group enjoyed seats on No 1 court and watched the girls' final, the mixed semi-final with Britain's Heather Watson playing and then an invitational doubles.

The juniors brought back special mementoes of the day including autographed balls, a players' racket from British player Ros Hutchins (who played the invitational doubles match) and a Andy Murray signed a programme.



This is a reminder for your diaries to come down and join us.
Bring your family and friends and encourage them to try their hand at tennis.

As you know we have our new courts available, so there will be plenty of opportunity to play - whether with members or indeed with our guests from the community.

It will be a fun day with refreshments availble throughout and a fabulous BBQ at lunchtime, superbly managed by our resident chef, Lucian!

We are always looking for volunteers on the day.

Contact Geoff Smith by text 07885261152 or e mail @

Look forward to seeing you there.

Family Tennis Open Day 17th July Great British Tennis Weekend! Whole Family Fun !


Members of the public or club members wishing to book the new community courts should Click here


Well done to all you volunteers, who turned up on a lovely sunny day-perfect for tennis.Special thanks to those cake makers, who helped us to more than cover our costs. Lucian, as ever,reigned supreme at the BBQ !

We had over 80 attendees - double last years attendance with a good mixture of youth and maturity.

Given the use of the 3 new Park courts, we are hoping to attract even more people to our 17th July event

Please put the date in your diaries, we suspect that we will need at least a repeat volunteer turn out with cakes ,if possible!

Thanks again

Geoff, John and Chris


After last Summers popular "Open Days,we are hoping to attract more people from the Frome community; especially as we will have the benefit of the new courts for the July event.

We would encourage all Club members to invite friends & family to join us for either of the days.

The following activities will be available throughout the day.

Mini Tennis
Free Play
Family Time
Adult Coaching

Refreshments will be available with a lunchtime BBQ.

Naturally, we are looking for volunteers to help us on either of these days.
Lookout for an email on the subject.

Hopefully, you will put one of the dates in your diary.
We look forward to seeing you then

Free tennis lessons



Frome tennis club have been accepted on an LTA initiative, following training by one of our Level 2 coaches, with the Davis Cup Captain Leon Smith. Last year Britain won the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years. The club will be offering a course of 6 free one hour group lessons to 10 children aged 5-8 years old who have not previously had any tennis coaching. For those who complete the course they will be offered a free racket.

Places are on a first come first serve basis and can be booked using the website from the 4th April.


Get set for Wimbledon Social Tennis Competition and Wimbledon Draw
20th March 10.00 am - 1 pm
(Wimbledon Draw 10.15 am)
At Frome Tennis Club
Please see email for more information

Club Members Survey - Have your say!

The survey of club members views on the future of the club is now open. Just go to

Please make sure you have your say.

The survey closes on Sunday 6th March.

Hard at Work on the Courts

Still on schedule for an April opening!

Base stone completed, Type 2 Stone over Terram to be applied next!

Work Starts on New Courts

Members will be pleased to learn that work started today on the 3 new Community Tennis Courts next to the Club Courts.

There will virtually no impact on the club - the only exception being that the gate into the park will be out of use for the duration of the construction for health and safety reasons.

John Price

Tennis Lesson Gift Voucher

In the download section of this website there's a Tennis Lesson Gift Voucher and the related details.

Be the 8th buyer of the voucher and win yours free!

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)


Thank you to everyone who took part in our Meet & Greet / Social Tournament last Sunday.

The weather was kind to us, although it was a bit chilly towards the end of the afternoon.
Congratulations go to Oliver Leatham and Veronica Price as leading Gentleman and Lady on the day; with both Ian Sadler and Toni Weekes as runners up.
John Price and Liz Ligi can feel suitably aggrieved - missing out only on the "spin of the racquet"!

It was good to see our new members taking to the court and realising that everyone can compete in our "Social" tournaments.

Given the numbers, and the strict adherence to a 6 minute time slot, we invented a new game of "Speed Tennis".
Luckily, the sound of the Old School Bell achieved instant obedience - must be a latent memory!

Despite dubious time keeping by the referee, all games were completed by 5 pm.
In the end, we all had a lot of fun - the real name of the game.

Hopefully, we will see everyone again at future social tournaments.




START TIME -2.00 PM ( Anticipated finish - 5 pm)
As you know, we hold a regular Club Social Tournament on the second Sunday of most months.
Given that we had to postpone our "Meet & Greet" afternoon, due to bad weather in July, we felt that this "fun" tournament to be the right occasion to provide a setting for new members to "join in" and meet other members.
We will provide drinks and nibbles - hopefully, the weather will provide some sunshine!
Re the tournament, we will follow the usual "Round Robin" format to give everyone a chance to play each other.
To cover the cost of balls/ prizes, there is a £3/ head entry charge, payable on the day.
As ever, the number of players is inevitably limited by our 3 courts.
Anyone, who wants to just come down for the "entertainment" is welcome.
Heckling is encouraged!
All those who would like to play should contact Geoff Smith via text 07885 261152 or via email
You can also put your name up on a poster in the Clubhouse.
See you on the day.

Adult Coaching Saturdays 2015

Adult Coaching Saturdays 2015

Autumn Adult Coaching

Adult Group Coaching
Saturday Drop In Sessions
1.30 - 3.00pm Please Click on the blue link Above for coaching information

Games evening 27st Sept 2015

Frome Tennis Club Games Evening Sunday
27th September 6 pm Frome Rugby Club.

Come and enjoy an evening of games and a mini hog roast followed by Skittles. The evening starts with various games including a 7 ft Sjoelbak board (Shuffleboard), Quoits, Giant Jenga and other games. This will be followed by a mini hog roast. The evening will then end with a skittles match.

Juniors are welcome although the games may not be suitable for very young children.

Cost is £8 per person or £5 for juniors. To book your space please contact Donna by 10th September. Payment will be needed by the 10th and can be given to Donna or posted in the clubhouse letter box (inside the clubhouse on the left hand side behind the door, Please mark the envelope for Donna's attention).
We look forward to as many members joining us, including those new to the club.

PS we will be holding a raffle, if anyone has any ideas for prizes for this please let me know.

Success at last for Andrew

Sixteen players took part in the Chairman's Summer Social Tournament on Sunday, in excellent weather despite the doubtful forecasts. The ladies prize was won by Debbie Godwin, with Renalie Smith in second place and Toni Weekes in third place.

The Men's result was very close. Chris Matthews and Andrew Ziminski tied for first place with 18 games each, and on the count back where we looked at the result of their game against each other, that was also even at 2 games all. But as Chris Matthews had entered on the basis that he was going to play with his other (left hand), and actually played with his right hand, he graciously agreed to forego his interest in the prize. In third place was Ray Clarke.

Well done to Andrew - this is his first successful tennis competition in 17 years!

Meet & Greet Afternoon - Sunday July 26th 4 pm - 7 pm

Invitation to Members

We have invited all our new members (c 20) to join us for a fun social tennis afternoon, where they can meet other members in a relaxed atmosphere, with drinks and nibbles available.

Hopefully, you will be able to join the party for at least some of the time.

In order to give us an idea of numbers, please indicate whether you will be able to come, by replying to me at the e mail address below.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.


Geoff Smith ( on behalf of The Committee)

E mail

A Summertime Bargain

If your son or daughter is a current junior member or a member of the of the Junior Coaching Scheme, did you know that there is a category of club membership known as Parent Membership that entitles parents to play with their children on weekday daytimes until 6pm? Courts can be booked up to 1 week in advance.

This only costs £40 for the year, just the thing for the long summer holidays - what a bargain !!! Bring along a picnic as well and have it on Ron's Bank.

For details on how to join, please look at the club website. If you need any help, please contact one of the membership secretaries, or myself.

John Price



Thank you for all those volunteers that gave up their time to help make our Great British Tennis Sunday a really fun event for all the family.
Record numbers of juniors and adults challenged the energy of our Coaching team of Chris, Donna, Finn and Alan: whilst the "refreshment" team led by Veronica and ably supported by Renalie,Rachel,Carol,Mary & Rosemary coped with the continuous stream of requests for drinks , cakes et.c.
Meanwhile our resident "King of the Barbie" Lucian consolidated his growing reputation by providing lunch for the hordes.
John was the IT master of the registration process.
Hopefully, we may get a few new members as a number of people expressed an interest in the Club
Finally, whilst we have yet to finalise the accounts , I am positive that we at least covered our costs.
All in all - a Good Day for the Club



Next GBTW Open Day - June 14th

Less than 14 days to go to another day of free tennis at Frome Selwood Tennis Club in Somerset Road, Frome (entrance opposite Whitewell Road). Lots on offer .....
- Free coaching
- Mini and junior tennis
- Informal play
- Speed of serve competition
- BBQ and refreshments at nominal cost
And ... if you enjoy yourself you can play at club evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a whole month for free.
Just turn up from 10am - 4pm (no need to book).



SATURDAY June 6,13,20,27th,
July 4,11,18th

FROM 1.30 - 3.00pm
Individual Strokes, Doubles Strategies and Games

Members £52.00
Non Members £70.00

Please email Chris Matthews to reserve your place or make inquiries


An invitation to all Club members, juniors and their families to come down and join us on a "fun" day. Chris Matthews and our young coaching team will be encouraging everyone to pick up a racquet and have a go or to get fit in our cardio sessions.

We will be having a BBQ and there will be refreshments all day fro 10 am onwards.

We still need volunteers to help with "Open Play" sessions and generally chatting up any newcomers to the game




FROM 1.30 - 3.00PM £22.50 Club Members Non Members £30.00

Adult coaching will continue after half term from June 6th - July 18th

From 1.30 - 3.00pm £52.50 Club Members Non Members £70.00

Please email Chris Matthews to reserve your place or to make inquiries

Many Thanks!

Phil is Leaving Us - Chris is Joining

Our Head Coach - Phil Lawton will be leaving us on April 13th, to join the RAF and train as a pilot. I am sure that we will all be sad to see him go as his coaching has always been enjoyable and great fun. We all wish Phil the best of luck with his new career.

Phil will be immediately be replaced by our new head coach Chris Matthews. At present Chris has the LTA Senior Core Coach level 4 and this year he will be working towards Senior Club Coach or Performance qualification Since qualifying with the LTA in 1981 Chris has set up and delivered tennis programmes in the United Kingdom the United States and Spain. He has organised, administered and run tennis programmes at publicly funded facilities, private tennis clubs and country clubs. He has also worked with schools in both the independent and state sector.

Chris's contact details are: phone: 07838 387482; or email:


Following last years successful events, we are once again running two LTA sponsored "Open" Days to encourage families within the Frome community to take up tennis.
We would encourage all Club members to invite friends and family to join us for the day.
The dates are SUNDAY 17TH MAY & SUNDAY 14TH JUNE
We will start at 10 am and finish at 4 pm; with refreshments available all day and a BBQ from 12-2 pm.
The activities timed during the day comprise of Mini Tennis; Cardio Fitness; Tennis Xpress; Fastest Serve and some "Open" play.

As ever, we are looking for volunteers to help out with refreshments; registration; helping with "Open" play and generally being available to chat about the Club and its benefits!

Please contact myself, Geoff Smith by e mail/text on /07885261152
or John Price / 07713737890

Look forward to seeing you on one or both of the "fun filled" days.


Yet another milestone has been reached with the granting of planning approval by Mendip District Council for the 3 new hard courts in Victoria Park adjacent to the Club's existing synthetic grass courts. The courts will be operated and managed by the club. Their use will be shared between the public who will use the courts as a Pay and Play facility and for Club Members who will be able to book the courts and use them for club play, matches and coaching. Tenders have been received from 4 contractors and these are currently being reviewed. It is planned that the courts will be available for use by April 2016.


WIMBLEDON DRAW 2015 - club members

This year's Wimbledon draw will be held on Saturday 21st March 10.30 at Frome Tennis club.

Please note if you are successful in the ballot, you must be the person who goes to Wimbledon, tickets cannot be transferred to other people or re-sold.

If you are not able to personally make the above date you can elect a representative to act on your behalf, however you must email 24 hours prior to the draw with the name of your representative (this includes if you wish your partner or friend to represent you - phone calls cannot be made on the day to confirm this). Please ensure you receive confirmation back to say the email has been received.


We are still awaiting the following form external agencies:

- A draft lease agreement from the Town Council

- An interest-free loan Offer from the LTA, and

- Agreement of our new draft CASC constitution by HMRC

We therefore need to postpone the EGM (currently provisionally scheduled for Thursday 12th March), as these papers are not available for the membership to consider. We will re-schedule it when the information does become available.


We have recently heard that Grace Lock who until recently was a member of the club has sadly passed away, aged 81. Grace was one of our oldest members, and we believe was a member for around 50 years. Up until a few years ago, Grace would be regularly seen playing at the club at 9am every Sunday morning.

If we receive further details we will let you know.

Horse Racing Evening - Social event - We raised £527.

18.1.15 Thank you for all your support we raised a massive £527 for the tennis club.

Please try to join us, at Trinity Hall, on Saturday 17th January for our hands-on race night. The club is so close to raising all the funds for the extra courts we could exceed the target with enough support on the night.
Bring your own food and drink and be there for the first race at 7.30 pm.
Further details from Paul or Debbie Godwin on 452191.


The is advance notice to advise members that the Annual General Meeting of the club will be held at the Rugby Club on Thursday 22nd January 2015 at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be provided. The Agenda is available on the downloads page.

All adult members should receive notification of the meeting and an agenda in the post in the next few days.

Happy New Year

John Price (Chairman)


Come along this Sunday 21st December to Sainsburys Frome and lend your Xmas support to our busy band of juniors and their parents.

We will be there from 10 am to 3.30 pm so no excuses not to pop in and see how we are faring.
Hopefully, the "stressed" shoppers of Sainsburys will be in a generous mood and welcome our offer to pack their bags.




On Sunday 21st December we have been given the opportunity by Sainsburys to raise funds towards the building of our 3 new courts in Victoria Park

Our target is within reach -only £2500 to go !

We need junior volunteers to "Bag Pack" ; ideally with a parent.
Last time it was fun as well as hard work.
This time, hopefully the Xmas Spirit will also be evident.

For all juniors , there will be a "Frome Grass Roots" T shirt to take away.

Please join us on the day, even if it is only for an hour.

Contact Phil Lawton on 07712 267620 or by e mail

the more the merrier !

Christmas meal


Held at Castello Italian restaurant Frome

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.

FSTC Awarded £75,000 by Sport England

The project has been awarded funding as part of SEs Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Programme. Sport England awarded the full £75,000 requested.

"Grass Roots Tennis" is a project to build three new tennis courts in Victoria Park to replace the worn-out courts adjacent to Weymouth Road. The courts will be available to the general public on a Pay and Play basis and will be operated and managed by Frome Selwood Tennis Club.

The application was jointly made by the tennis club and the town council.

The project still requires a further 10% to be raised.

Funds are being contributed by both the club and the town council. The club would also like to acknowledge funding provided by the LTA, Frome Community Lottery and Mendip District Council Community Environment Fund.

John Price (FSTC Chairman) said: "The Club has been working very hard over the past two years to raise money for the courts. In addition to applying for many grants, we have run quiz's, held social events and open days, and our juniors have helped pack bags at Asda - its all been a great team effort. He added: "This is a wonderful opportunity to increase the number of people playing tennis in Frome. It will enable the general public to play on the best facilities in the area without having to join a club".

Chateau Gontier Competition

Dear Competitors,

Could I thank you all for entering the tournament today. I thought that it was a really enjoyable day with some good tennis, good weather and good fun.

Special thanks to Lucian for making such a good job of organising the competition, and Mrs Lucian who was up all night helping to prepare the excellent food. Also I have to congratulate Keith and Donna for winning the competition.

We have raised over £300 with government match funding and gift aid.

Oh; there are about 4 people who haven't yet donated, so if we could complete all of the donations soon that would be good.

Thanks once again,


Book your place now in the Chateau Gontier Cup Competition and Raise the Remaining Funds for the New Courts

Sunday 19th October at 10.00
You may have heard by now, we have recently been successful with a large grant application and have secured a further £75,000 towards the new courts. We only need to raise a further £2,500 to achieve the minimum necessary for the project.

So, we have decided to run the Chateau Gontier Tournament this year in a completely different way, and try to raise some of the remaining money.

It will be a Doubles (Mixed as far as possible) Handicap Tournament. We will try to arrange the handicapping to give everyone an equal chance.

NOW; to enter the Tournament you are invited to make a DONATION of £10 to the club's account via the Grow Your Tenner Fund. Your £10 Donation to the club will be worth £22.50 after matching government funding and gift aid. The more that enter means the closer will get to our target. If we get 24 members to enter we will raise £517.20 income...

The Competition
- It will be a doubles tournament for all junior, student, full and restricted club members
- It will be run by Lucian
- It will be a handicap tournament
- It will be held on a Sunday (19th October) falling back to Sunday 26th October if wet
- You can enter with your nominated partner or we will find a partner for you
- Food, beer, wine and squash will be provided

How to enter
- e-mail or phone Lucian by noon on Friday 17th October ( or 07551 809311

- You should also make your on line payment between Tuesday 14th October at 10am and the day of the competition. (Do not pledge money before 14th as it won't benefit from the government's match funding). FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO DONATE WILL FOLLOW LATER .....

This is your chance to win some serious silverware and help the club raise some money!

All the best

John Price


MISS HITS TENNIS is a course designed by Judy Murray for girls aged 5-8. It involves dance, bright colourful equipment and is held indoors. It consists of 12x 1 hour lessons on a saturday for 8 girls. To be held at the sports centre, cost £60 for the 12 lessons. There will be stickers, fun characters, homework sheets and an app for the girls to learn more about tennis. To start at the end of September. For more details contact 07804288461

Raise money for the Tennis Club when you make an on-line purchase

Dear Members,

From The Chairman

The club has joined and we are announcing this now ready for the Christmas Season
Turn your online shopping into donations for Frome Selwood Tennis Club
Do you shop online? Did you know that every time you buy something you could be raising money for Frome Selwood Tennis Club?

Over 2,700 well known retailers, including Amazon, John Lewis, eBay and Tesco will donate a small percentage of what you spend to Frome Selwood Tennis Club to say thank you for shopping with them.

Just visit and follow the simple steps to sign up.

You can also visit the Fundraising page on our club web site.

Easyfundraising has already raised over £7 million for over 55,000 good causes across the UK. Head to to fundraise for Frome Selwood Tennis Club now.

This is an easy way for you to help the club. Your purchases will not cost you any extra.

All the best


Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Horse Race Evening.







John Price

The Vice-Chairman's August Social Tournament

There is absolutely no need to go on holiday - Come and have fun at the club on Sunday 10th August 10.00 - 1.00. Sunny weather is guaranteed and PRIZES!

If you can play please let me know
Mark Brierley 07966 530221

Grass Roots Tennis Open Day -6th July

We were blessed with another sunny day for our last "Open day" of the season
After a slow start and despite being in competition with the Sunday market and Wimbledon, we had another very successful day.

Thanks to Phil and his coaching team for motivating the juniors throughout the day - their energy was boundless!

Also, a Big Thank You to all those who volunteered in some form or other. especially,Duncan Mclennan for the loan of his TV equipment - to allow us to show the Wimbledon Final.
Special mention for Veronica - a stalwart on the refreshment stand; Victoria and Carol for the donation of delicious cakes and of course the BBQ skills of Adrian.

John, Sanae, Geoff, Tony, Brian Lin, Lucian, Alan and Renalie all did their bit to make it a truly sociable day.

Over our three Summer events and allowing for stock left over, we roughly broke even. Hopefully , we will soon be able to welcome some new members , both adult and junior to the Club

Thanks for your support - Geoff


As part of Frome Festival, we have an "Open" invitation to all - Club members and the community at large to come down to Frome Tennis Club and have a "Fun" tennis day.
Families with children are especially encouraged to "Have a Go" at tennis.

Throughout the day, there will be a series of activities supervised by our young coaching team, with something of interest for all.

Mini Tennis - for 4 - 12 year olds
Cardio Fitness sessions - Exercise with a racket in your hand !
Open Play - try your hand with support of one of our club members.
Fastest Serve Competition - Just how fast are you ?!

During the day, the children will be invited to enter a "Mini" Tennis Competition with prizes for the winners and runners up.

Given it`s Wimbledon "Finals Day ", we know that many of you will want to watch the Men`s Final - so we intend to set up a TV monitor in our Gazebo.
We can create our own atmosphere - but have the advantage of walking on court to play ourselves a little later.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day with a BBQ from 12.00 am to 2.00 pm., featuring Slow Cooked pork as well as the usual burgers and sausages.
Naturally, it wouldn`t be "Wimbledon" without strawberries and cream !

As part of the Festival, this is our last "public" event of the year.
Come down and enjoy the atmosphere, watch Wimbledon,and help out if you can.

Let us know if you can help in any capacity during the day.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Let`s hope the sun shines !


Following our successful event in May, we are hoping to repeat that success next Sunday.
The formula is the same with Mini Tennis; Cardio Fitness: Open Play and Fastest Serve scheduled throughout the day - all supported by our young coaching team.

Refreshments will be available during the day with a BBQ from 12.00 am to 2.00 pm.

This is an event for all the family, so just come along - register with us for any of the activities or just enjoy watching others running about !

It all kicks off at 10.00 am and will go on until 4.00 pm.

Look forward to seeing you there.




Overall, we managed to keep 4 tills operating with a Bucket and a Helper,
for most of the 6 hours allotted us by Asda.

Special praise goes to our Juniors, who took on the task with commendable gusto and to their parents, who kept a watchful eye on the proceedings.
Sometimes, lending a hand - sometimes resorting to retail therapy!

The Roll of Honour - in no particular order:-

James and Ed Curtis Alex Williamson
Callum Close Kofi Barton
Callum Hill Sam King
Kate O` Connor Finn McLennan
Tierney O`Neill Fin Buchanan
Ollie and Oscar Mukhopadhyay Alistair Atkins
Harry Forrester Xander Geddes
Jasper Law Billy Osborne
Liam Barnes Mia Barnes

Thank you also to the following adults who helped to keep certain parties sane during the day.
John & Veronica; Rachel, Rachael; Abby, Verina, Lindsey, Sinead, Lorraine, Sarah, Jenny , Clive and Renalie.

Finally, thanks to Phil for "badgering" juniors and parents alike to turn up on the day. It was worth it !

Don`t forget Grass Roots T Shirts to be kept by all participants on the basis that you help out once more at Sainsbury`s - sometime in the future.
Please wear T shirts at any of our other forthcoming events eg Open Day next Sunday and the Festival / Grass Roots Day on Sunday 6 th July.
Thanks to all. Geoff


As you should know by now, we are aiming to raise money for the Club`s "Grass Roots" Project ie the building of three new tennis courts, by offering a bag packing service to customers of Asda

We are tremendously grateful to our juniors and their parents, who have given up their time on a Sunday for the Club`s cause.

Anyone who would like to come down to Asda on Sunday , either to combine a bit of shopping or just to have a chat would be more than welcome.


Geoff Smith and the Bag Packing team.

Sponsor Adrian on His Walk (all money to go to club funds)

Please Sponsor me....

On May 31 I fly over to France and on 1 June begin my Camino from St Jean Pied de Port nestling at the foot of the Pyrenees. Not able to complete the 550 miles to Santiago De Compostela in one go, something that normally takes a month to six weeks to complete, I have set myself the goal of 200 miles to the cathedral at Burgos in 12 days!! On my very first day I will need to climb from 175m above sea level to 1450m and back down to 900m. I will later pass through the city of Pamplona where during a festival they let the bulls run through the streets and through the wine producing area of Rioja, Navarre and Aragon. The pathway is marked by a scallop sea shell design and the pilgrims are issued with a Credencial or passport which is stamped by each hostel they stay at, so when they reach the cathedral at Santiago De Compostela and present this they can be issued with a certificate.

This will be no walk in the park especially as when I did the South West Coastal path around Cornwall at each break I usually ended up visiting the Frome Hospital Minor Injuries, to get patched up. Please help me to raise funds for the club by sponsoring me to complete the journey. All donations to me at my home address please (14 Compton Gardens, Frome, BA11 2XY).

Thank you

Adrian West


Sponsored by the LTA , we are holding "Open Days" on Sunday the 18th May and 22nd June
The objective is to encourage people to "have a go" at tennis.

There are a variety of events that are scheduled on a rolling basis throughout the day; including Cardio Tennis; Mini Tennis ; Fastest Serve; Tennis Xpress and Free Play

Plenty for the family or friends to try their hand.

Hopefully, we will attract new people to the sport.

However, we will definitely have a BBQ going , supported by other refreshments:
so, come down and join in ; or say hello to the club volunteers.
At least - Buy a Hot Dog !

See you there. Geoff



We are offering completely free 6 week tennis courses for young adults age 17-25. There will be two courses held:
- Sunday 25th May to Sunday 29th June
- Sunday 13th July to Sunday 17th August
Sessions will be run from 5 to 6pm

If you are over 25, courses will cost you £30 for 6 weeks - still excellent value.....

For more information or to learn how to register, download "Sportivate A5 flyer" from the Downloads Section of this web site, or contact our Head Coach - Phil Lawton ( / 07712 2676200.


To date , thank you for supporting our Social tournaments. The next one to put in your diaries is on the 11th May. Given that it is supposed to be the "Merry" month, please feel free to bring along a "bottle".
Depending on the weather forecast, we may or may not have a BBQ.

Either way, the object is to have some fun whilst enjoying some competitive tennis with your friends

Entry cost per person is £3.00 payable on the day.
As ever, we will try and start promptly @ 10 am and finish @ 1.30 pm.

So, no excuses - come down, relax and dream of Summer !
Naturally, there will be refreshments while you watch and Prizes to the victorious few !
All those who would like to play please contact: GEOFF SMITH: Text 07885261152 or e mail

You can also put your name down on a poster in the clubhouse.
Look forward to seeing you all on the day.

Another £450 for the Park Tennis Project

The Frome Community Trust have just awarded the club a further £450. The Trust who run this local lottery have been very generous to the club over recent years.

Lottery players pay £1 a week for a weekly chance to win £25,000, or other smaller cash prizes. For each £1 put into the lottery, 50p comes back to local groups and organisations.

The Frome Lottery has already made grants of over £78,000 to improve community facilities in Frome and the surrounding area, supporting more than 65 local organisations to date. To join visit

Junior trip to Wimbledon

Junior trip to Wimbledon
We have applied for tickets to Wimbledon on Saturday the 5th July for No1 court, confirmation that we have these tickets should be received shortly. Juniors aged 8 and over are invited on a first come, first serve basis. As last year we will have some parent and junior tickets, some tickets for the juniors who do not need to be accompanied by an adult and some tickets for juniors who will be supervised. Matches watched on this court last year included the girls final and veterans doubles. Tickets are £33 each and we will be travelling by train. Please contact Donna if you wish to reserve a ticket. More information will follow.

Wimbledon Draw


Quiz Night 2014 8th March at Holy Trinity Church Hall 7pm

QUIZ Night 2014

The Annual Quiz night returns for 2014 on 8 March, to be held at the Holy Trinity Church Hall, starting at 7pm.

Teams of 4 to enter - cost £16 per table - all funds going to the Club. The demand for tables is usually high so book early to avoid disappointment. Do not forget to invite friends and family as the competition is open to those outside the club.

There will be a raffle and the from you to me journals will again be on offer.

For further information and to book a table email Adrian West:

Bring your own food and drink for the evening - take away your own rubbish.

Club Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening at Bath Spa Hotel

The Club held its Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening at the Bath Spa Hotel which was attended by 60 club members and friends.

Congratulations to all those who collected their trophies and to Amelia West for organising the event which was a resounding success.

The raffle and sale of from you to me books raised £332 towards the Club funds and the generous giving very much appreciated.

On behalf of Amelia, Donna and myself, a very big thank you for your support.

Adrian West

Nearly up to £1,000

We have nearly raised £1,000 on the Sponsor your Square / Grow your Tenner Campaign.

There has been a lot of support, with 25 people generously donating single payments and 2 people donating 6 x monthly payments. These 27 names will shortly permanently appear on the Roll of Honour on the club web site, as court surface sponsors.

So far we have raised £988, which is brilliant, and the committee really appreciate your generosity.

The second item of news is to say that the government still has a lot of match funding to give away, so if you haven't donated yet and would still like to, the value of your donation will still be more than doubled, and your generosity will be forever recorded. Just visit and search for Frome Tennis.
Thanks once again,

John (on behalf of the committee).

Our New Tennis Courts

How You can Help Make it Happen .....

On Wednesday 9th October, Frome Town Council agreed to permit the club to raise the necessary funds to replace the existing tennis courts in Frome Victoria Park with 3 new ones (at a site to be agreed), and to lease the new courts to the Club. This will provide the club with three additional brand new courts for club and public use.

Your committee is now faced with raising the necessary £108,000. As the first stage in the fund-raising effort the club are launching a scheme to enable club members and members of the public to sponsor a square of the new courts:

- The Sponsor your Square Scheme will enable YOU to sponsor a small area of the new courts. £10 will "buy" a ¼ square metre of playing surface. To donate, visit the web site and locate the Frome Selwood Tennis Club Page. The names of those who donate will be commemorated.

- will match single donations pound-for-pound up to £10 per donation. New monthly donations set up during the campaign will be matched up to £10 a month for six months. Gift Aid will also be provided, so the club will receive more than double the original donation.

- This matching donation scheme known as "Grow your Tenner" will operate from 10am on Tuesday, October 15 until the match pot of £500,000 is all allocated. This may only take 3 to 4 weeks, so if you want your money doubled, it is necessary to act quickly.



Don`t forget to put the above date in the diary!
We are combining our usual "Fun" event with the opportunity to win the "Chateau Gontier" Cup.
The format will be similar to the norm except that you will keep your partner for the whole event. The pairs with the most points to play off in the Final
Exotic prizes and of course the chance to win the Club`s biggest Trophy!

Entry cost is £3.00 per person, payable on the day.

Remember to bring your Bag 4 Sports - the Charity collection will be made from our Clubhouse on the following Mon/Tues.

If you wish to play, please contact Geoff Smith via text 07885 261152 or e mail

You can also put your name down on a poster in the clubhouse


This Autumn, the Tennis Club will be repeating our successful involvement in the BAG 4 SPORT charity, based in Devizes, that provides clothing for less privileged people in other countries.

Not only does this help those people with a genuine need but we are also able to raise funds for our club, based on the weight of each bag collected.


Collect unwanted but serviceable clothing, paired shoes, belts, hats, bags, bed linen, soft toys.
Bags can be collected from the clubhouse from this weekend onwards ie Sat 24th August.
(You will find more details about the charity attached to the bag)


We will be running a Social Tennis Tournament on Sunday 13th October.
You can bring your bags back then or if you are unable to play in the Tournament; sometime in the week preceeding.
We will arrange for the Charity to collect all bags, early in the following week

Hopefully, by giving plenty of notice, you will have the time to dig out those unwanted, less fashionable clothing items and put them to good use.

Many Thanks for your Support.


Geoff Smith

Grade 4 Singles Tournament Photos

There's a gallery of photos of the recent Grade 4 Singles Tournament (by Muir MacKean) on the Photos page here. All the photos were taken on semi-final day, Henry Ogden v Carlo Covello, Colin Selby v Fynn McLennan.

Club Singles Tournament

We will be holding the Ladies and Mens' Singles competition this year from Aug 31 to Sept 15. The closing date for entries is Aug 23rd. Late entries will not be permitted. As John and Paul are away during some of this period and even overlap at one stage it will be important to organize and play on the allotted day with any weather-enforced rescheduling, fitted-in well before the next round. Entry forms can either be downloaded and sent to Paul Sherrin by email or post - or are available from the clubhouse. The draw and progress of the competition will be published on the web. We will send out entry forms for the doubles competition later but that competition will start on the 16th September with the finals on the 6th of Oct.

Grade 4 Tournament Thurs 11th - Sunday 14th July

Inspired by Andy Murray?

Then come and watch some competitive tennis. Not quite up to his standard but almost !!!!
With some of the better players from the region.

6.00-9.00pm Thursday 11th July
6.00-9.00pm Friday 12th July
12 noon-5.00pm Saturday 13th July
10.00-4.00pm Sunday 14th July (Semi-finals and Final)
Come along on Sunday July 14th - this is a free Frome Festival Event, watch the tennis, have a cream tea on Ron's Bank and pick up a voucher for a free group tennis taster session.
The final starts at 1.30pm

Junior Tennis Marothon - Target Smashed

The final figure for the Frome Tennis Junior Red Nose Day Tennis Marathon is now in. The final ammount raised is £681.59, smashing the set target of £500.

A big thanks to the 48 juniors who took part and fund raised, as well as their parents. A special thanks goes out to Sam King (above with Head Coach Jack Shepard), his Dad Clive, Phil and Donna for their time helping organise and run the event



Jack Wins Coaching Award

Jack Shepard, our current head coach won the Somerset Participation Coach of the Year Award on Friday at the County Cricket Ground at Taunton. He has continued the work started by Muir and gone from strength to strength. The number of juniors on our coaching programme are now at their highest ever level of 90. We have had an enormous increase with our Regularly Competing Juniors (a parameter that the LTA see as particularly important) and we have surpassed all other clubs in Somerset with the exception of Taunton. This is despite the club only having three courts.

He has planned and managed a programme of school links and we have provided curriculum time and after-school clubs in 10 First Schools. He is also working with one of the two Middle Schools in the town. This will ensure that we will probably have even more juniors next year.

Jack has also introduced Cardio-Tennis to the club which members and guests particularly enjoy, and a unique "Parents Can Play as Well" Scheme. This is where parents receive coaching while their sons and daughters are on court, and uses their time usefully instead of just sitting and watching.

Well Done Jack!

Resurfacing of Pathway at Club Entrance Gateway

Given the deterioration in the pathway leading from the Club gate, we have contracted Tarmac Services to resurface the area.
This work will be carried out this week on Wednesday 29th May 2013.
It is hoped that the job will be completed in one day, but that may depend, as ever, on the weather.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused - all in the name of progress!
Regards, Geoff Smith

Christmas Black tie Dinner & Presentation evening- 10th December

This year we are holding a Black tie Dinner & Presentation evening at the Bath Spa Hotel on Tuesday 10th December. This will be £27.50 per person to include
Prossecco on arrival
3 course festive Dinner & Coffee
DJ entertainment
Crackers & Festive novelties
Plus ones are allowed, Coach transport arranged collecting from Frome to the Hotel and Back for an additional £4.50 per person-only 44 spaces will be a first come first served basis

Please contact Amelia on 07969 339173 or email for further details or to confirm you place.

Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel

NEXT SOCIAL TOURNAMENT - Sunday JUNE 16th - 10am to 1pm


This time we are going to try something completely different -


You will be playing Mini Red tennis on a reduced size court with the same balls and racquets as the youngsters (i.e. no adult racquets).
The Format will be Championship Tiebreaks (to 10 points).

If you would like to play, either:

- write your name & mobile number on the sheet in the Clubhouse
- contact Muir MacKean
text: 07977 121144
email: tennismuir at

Depending on numbers we are hoping to hold Mens and Ladies Singles, and Mixed Doubles.
Pairings for Doubles will be arranged on the day.


Judy Thomas Masters the game

After weeks of playing for the club skittles team and struggling with the dynamics of west country skittles, Judy struck form last night in the most difficult version of the game - Nominations. Although the club team lost in this Nominations k/o round, Judy scored a magnificent 28 pins to be the highest scorer in the "The Only Way is Up" team. Well done Judy!

New players are always welcome, contact Donna if you fancy having a go - Great Fun!

Red Nose Day - Junior Tennis Marathon

The Frome Selwood Tennis Club Juniors will be holding a 12 hour tennis match (8am-8pm) on Friday 15th Febuary for Red Nose Day. 48 juniors ages 5-18 will make up two teams and play continuous match, with each junior playing for half an hour. The juniors have set a target of £500 and would greatly appreciate any donations. Please feel free to come and support the juniors on the day. Light refreshments will be provided with all proceeds going to Comic Relief.

To donate please visit our giving page

Thank you very much,

Frome Tennis Juniors.

Cardio Tennis

What are you waiting for.....grab your trainers Cardio Tennis starts 30th January 6pm at FSTC!
Cardio Tennis is a high energy fitness work out on a tennis court suitable for all, members and non members, tennis champions and those who have never played before. This is a fun sociable way to burn off those Christmas calories, the constant movement is aimed to get your heart pumping, you will leave buzzing and wanting more. A great stress relief to get you over the mid-week hump.
For further information contact Coach Jack Shepard on 07814 727311

What do young tennis coaches do when the snow falls?

Answer: Create some snow art .......

Christmas/New Year fun tournament

CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR TOURNAMENT Saturday 29th December 11am
Time to have some fun and get some exercise. A doubles tournament where you will be allocated partners and play a variety of other players. Please bring an unwanted Christmas present which will be used for prizes - winner gets to choose the best unwanted present!! There will be a small fee for balls and refreshments.
Contact Donna on 07872618465 if you wish to play.

We Are Now On Twitter

Frome Selwood Tennis is now on Twitter. We will try to use this as a way of getting information out to members faster. If you are a user of Twitter, follow us at "@FromeTennis".

Alternatively, click on the "Follow @FromeTennis" tab on this FSTC Home Page (on the left below the list of pages).

Your Help is Needed !!

I hope that you have all enjoyed your tennis this year. I think you will agree that we are lucky to enjoy a great club with excellent facilities, and all this for a very economical price. This can only happen because of all the hard unpaid work carried out by the committee members and other volunteers.

Next year, we will have some vacancies, and I wanted to advise you of these so that you can think of coming forward and providing us with some "new blood". Committee posts that are unfilled for next year are:

- Club Secretary. This involves taking minutes for meetings, and sending e-mails to members and a small amount of external correspondence. It does not include the Membership Function as this is dealt with by our Membership Secretaries.

- Club Treasurer. Paying our bills, paying receipts into our bank, maintaining a record of accounts for occasional presentation at Committee Meetings and at the end of the financial year (end Dec).

- Teams Representative. To represent the interests of the teams on the committee.

Committee work is not arduous. Meetings are held at the Rugby Club. and there are about 10 meetings per year.

Also, if you feel that you can help the club in any other way (sponsorship or fundraising for example or any other function) please think about volunteering.

If you would like to find out a little more about how you can help the club with these vacancies or other help, then contact the Chairman (John Price) on 07713 737890 or


John Price

!! The Club Christmal Meal and Presentations !!

19th December
Frome Selwood Tennis Clubs Christmas meal & Presentation evening

7pm reception drinks & entertainment followed by dinner at 8pm
Every one will receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco on arrival

There is the choice of either:
2 courses - £19.95
3 courses- £21.95
Students - Just main course Pizza for approx £10.00 each (Please contact Amelia if you would like this option)

£5 deposit will be required by Thursday 1st November - the rest can then be settled on the night
Menu choices no later than Friday 16th November- Please see attached to this email the menu

It should be a great night a good chance for the club to get together and celebrate all the achievements from through out the year. For any questions or to book your place as spaces are limited please contact Amelia West on 07969339173 (you can text or phone) or via email amelia-w

Time to enter the Club Doubles Competitions

Entry forms for the men's ladies and mixed doubles competition are available at the clubhouse and on the downloads section of this web site.

Please submit your Entry Form by Saturday 8th September.

Either post a form to: Paul Sherrin, Hillside House, Buckland Dinham, Frome BA11 2QP, or e-mail to him at:, or pin to notice board in Clubhouse. Late entries will not be accepted.

Time to enter the Ladies and Men's Club Singles Competition

Entry forms are available at the clubhouse and on the downloads section of this web site.

Please submit your Entry Form by Saturday 18th August.

Either post a form to: Paul Sherrin, Hillside House, Buckland Dinham, Frome BA11 2QP, or e-mail to him at:, or pin to notice board in Clubhouse. Late entries will not be accepted.


In order to give Juniors more playing opportunites, we are introducing a FREE, SUPERVISED Junior Club Session once the Summer Coaching term has finished.

This will run from 10am-12 every Monday during the Summer Holidays.

For more details, go to the Junior Coaching page...


Our 24th annual RATINGS TOURNAMENT reaches its climax on Sunday. Come out and support the players and volunteers who have make the Tournament a success despite awful weather.


11.30am: MENS 9.1 FINAL

All you Gunslingers out there, pit yourself against the club's Speed Gun and see how fast you really are...
5 Serves for £1



All times provisional, weather and the progress of the various competitions may force changes - watch this space.

The Queen will not be amused ........

The Queen and Prince Phillip will not be amused if they learn that only one person has entered their Diamond Jubilee Tennis Tournament on Tuesday 5th June at 2pm. We have great plans to celebrate the Jubilee in style with a BBQ after the tournament, but the lack of interest has been deafening. Please let Judy Thomas know ( if you would like to enter by Tuesday 29th May as we need to know whether it is a "go-er".

Our Skittles Team .....

Adrian West with the spoils of victory!

The skittles season has just finished with our team The Only Way is Up finishing in the middle of the table, a much better finish than last year. The top lady and man scorers this year were Veronica Price and Adrian West. Adrian also played in the final competion of the season which was the players player of the year, this is where each team puts their top player. After a highly competitive evening Adrian won with an amazing score of 55 (this included several spares). James Chaventre and Adrian West also won the Pairs cup. Well done to all who particiapted in the team this year a great success and great fun. Also many thanks to Donna who organised things so well.

Annual Quiz Night 2012

Many thanks to all who competed on the night and supported the event this year, and Joe and Alice Brenni who collected the score sheets and Donna, Poppy and Claire who were markers.

Well done to the Numbskulls who came through in the last round to take the victory!

The total raised for the evening was £137.46 after costs.

Kind regards

Adrian West

!! new BALL MACHINE hitting session !!

Trial Ball Machine hitting sessions, Tues May 8th,15th & 22nd, conveniently timed from 5-6pm leading into Club Night, open to all Members, but with a limit of 8 people, first come first served - more details on the Adults Coaching page. Free, no coaching just hitting, Ball Machine Slave already hired to operate and load machine. TEXT MUIR FIRST on 07977 121144, then just turn up and hit...

Important News for Club Members!!!

Tony Pryce Sports (in the form of James Chaventre) will be coming to the club evening on Tuesday 1st May at 6pm to let you try out a wide selection of rackets, get some advice and perhaps there may be some bargains available as well. So please come to support this .....

Also, to attract new members we now have available a ONE MONTH INITIAL TRIAL MEMBERSHIP for just £10. The £10 will be deducted if the full membership is taken. So let your friends know.

Mini Red Tournament - Sat 21st April

Frome held its first Junior Tournament of the summer on saturday when 12 Mini Red players (under 9) competed in a Round Robin, six of them Frome Juniors, six visiting from other Clubs. The Tournament was won by Sam Raad from Evercreech, who beat Alex Blissett in the final.
Five year-old Alex, whose father David has been a Frome member for many years, was the surprise of the tournament, beating five older players on the way to the final, where he came up against hard-serving Sam Raad, who had also won five straight. Sam's powerful first serve and topspin groundstrokes took him to a 10-6 victory in a tight match.
Freddy Humphries from Writhlington came third with a 5-1 record, and best of the Frome Juniors was Tom Fletcher, 7, who finished fourth, winning 4 out of 6 and only losing narrowly to eventual winner Sam Raad. Many were taking part in their first ever tournament, and the standard of tennis and sportsmanship was very high. Thanks to all players and parents for entering and supporting the Tournament,
and to Donna West and Juniors Sam Docherty, Callum Hill and Joe Smart for umpiring.
Muir MacKean

Quiz Night

Volunteers Urgently Required for Brain Training Exercise

The annual pre-season brain training exercise will take place on Saturday 21st April at 7.15pm (for 7.30 start) at Trinity Church Hall.
Max 4 persons per team.
£14 entry fee per team.
(If you commit to play you will be expected to pay) .

You can book by e -mail or by telephoning 07872618465

Please bring your own supper and drinks with cutlery and crockery. It will also help us if you can take any rubbish home.

Don't forget to think of a name for your team!!

Places are limited and the event is very popular so to avoid disappointment please book early and if you do not have a team but would like to join someone else who is short please let us know and we will endeavour to find you a team.

James Completes His 24 Hour Tennis Marathon

James Chaventré completed his 24 hour Tennis Marathon at Frome Selwood Tennis Club on Sunday 25th March. He won 259 games and never dropped a set - opponents won just 62 games. James organised the whole event himself making arrangements with the local council and neighbours of the club for the lights to be used throughout the night. Special thanks to parents Tony and Carol Chaventre in their support behind the scenes and those from within the club who turned out all times of the night and day to play him and support him at the end. James has raised about £1200. The Club chairman stated "we are proud of James and his achievements"

Adult Beginners/Intermediate Coaching restarts Tues 20th March

go to Coaching/Adults for details...

24 Hour Tennis Marathon

On Saturday March 24th at 1:30pm James Chaventre will start his epic 24 hour Tennis Marathon at the club in aid of Sports Relief. Nearly all the time slots to play against James have been taken, those in the middle of the night were the first to go (not sure what this says about our members nocturnal habits). So if you have been beaten by James in the past and want to get revenge I suggest contacting him to see if anything is available on Sunday morning! Please come down to the club and support James over the weekend, and even more importantly make a donation using the following web site: Please be generous and support James with this fantastic challenge.


We are now taking bookings for Club tennis hoodies in navy or green, with 'FROME TENNIS' on the back, our tennis logo on the front and recongnition Express on the sleeve. Orders to Donna on 07872618465

Frome Physio Clinic - Sponsor of FSTC

We wanted to remind you that you can take advantage of
our link with Frome Physio and receive 10% off all treatments at anytime
throughout the year. In addition they are currently offering a massive 25%
off massage gift vouchers until 22nd December which could be a prefect gift
for your friends or family. To find out more either visit their website or call them on 01373

Your Club Needs You

Dear Members,

I hope that you have all enjoyed your tennis this year. I think you will agree that we are lucky to enjoy a great club with excellent facilities, and all this for a very economical price. This can only happen because of all the hard unpaid work carried out by the committee members and other volunteers.

Next year, we will have a number of vacancies, and I wanted to advise you of these so that you can think of coming forward and providing us with some "new blood". Currently committee posts that are unfilled are:

- Vice-Chairman
- Teams Representative
- Junior Representative

Committee work is not arduous - there are about 10 monthly meetings per year.

In addition to vacancies on the committee, there are a number of other roles that need to be filled:

- LTA Ratings Tournament Organiser, Referee and Support - 3 roles (the LTA Tournament is a major fundraiser each year, has been running for 23 years without a break, and is a focal point of the club's season. Significant help is needed here if this is to survive next year).

- Maintenance Co-ordinator (this is a single point of contact to organise maintenance issues that arise, using club volunteers or paid help as appropriate). n.b. This will not include court maintenance, grounds maintenance or cleaning - these are performed under contract.

- Club Sponsorship Manager. Each year the club has to work hard to attract funding and one area where we have only touched the surface is in gaining sponsorship from local businesses.

- Clubmark Officer (Clubmark is the LTA tennis club accreditation scheme). Our re-accreditation is now overdue - probably about 20 hours work. If we are unable to find anyone to do this, we will not be able to obtain funding from the LTA.

- Men's Singles Tournament Organiser (this is a short duration task, usually held early in the season)

If you feel that you can help, or would like some more information, then please give me a ring (07713 737890 / 01373 464498) or contact one of the other committee members.

With Best Wishes

John Price

Junior Doubles Cup won by Fynn McLennan & Matt Toledo

The Junior Doubles Cup had been lurking in the corner of a garage since 2005, until it was discovered a couple of months ago and returned to the club.
7 pairs took part in the competion which Matt and Fynn won, closely followed by Tchad and Patrick.
See the gallery for photos taken by Tchad during the day

Club Members Receive Recognition From LTA

Two members of the club have been recognised for their achievements at the LTA's equivalent of the Queens New Years Honours list! Instead of heading off to Buckingham Palace to receive her award, Eve Berry will be presented with a Meritorious Award at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton during the LTA's AGM. Eve's award is in recognition of voluntary work she has done at the club over the years and in particular the Annual Ratings tournament.
Our esteemed Chairman , John Price has received the Volunteers Award for the South West. John was nominated by James Deem for the major refurbishment of the club and the links that have been forged with primary schools. Armed only with an iPhone John seems to have a trackers instinct in hunting down grants, which he has done with great success over the years.
Only a handful of these awards are given out each year by the LTA, so for a club as small as Frome Selwood to receive two is a fantastic achievement

Enrol Now for Club Doubles Competitions


This year the Club Ladies Doubles, Mens Doubles and Mixed Doubles Competitions will be organised in a different, but hopefully more effective, format.

These Closed Competitions are for adult fully paid up members of the Club.

PLEASE NOTE: Closing date for entries is Saturday 20th August

Finals Day is Sunday 18th September and availability on this day is a condition of entry.

This year matches will be pre-scheduled by the Club for Monday evenings, Wednesday evenings, Friday evenings, Saturday afternoons and Sunday afternoons (please see exact dates on entry form attached). Courts will be booked accordingly.

Please complete form (available on the downloads page)and indicate with an X any dates on which you are NOT available to play. With the exception of the finals, your matches will be scheduled to avoid these dates. Obviously if you are unavailable for a large number of these dates we may not be able to accommodate you. Please download the entry form, complete and either post form to Judy Thomas, Monks Farm, 47 Lower Keyford, Frome BA11 4AS to arrive no later than the closing date of Saturday 20th August, or pin to notice board in Clubhouse.

We do hope this system will be successful and will attempt to arrange dates to suit everyone. However, once dates have been arranged there will be no further flexibility to re-arrange dates, other than matches that are unable to be played due to weather conditions. Therefore if you are unable to play an arranged match your opponents will get a walk over and progress to the next round. With this in mind it is important that you list any days you will not be able to play.

If a match cannot be played due to bad weather, the players will need to re-schedule and play the match before the subsequent round. If the match is not played by the subsequent round the lower-placed pair will proceed through to that round with a walkover.

We hope that this will be a fun and enjoyable tournament and if possible we will publish the draw and progress of the competition on the web site - watch this space !


Visit by Murrhardt

Three years ago a group of tennis players from Frome Selwood Tennis Club (FSTC) ventured to the south of Germany to visit Frome's twin town Murrhardt. While there they were treated to a memorable stay with exceptional generosity. The members of FSTC wanted to repay the hospitality they received with what they hoped would be an equally enjoyable visit to Frome. And this they certainly did the first weekend of June, with a schedule planned to show the diversity of the area in and around Frome.
First stop for the guests from Murrhardt Tennis Club was a tour of the historic sites of Frome conducted in German, which was much appreciated by the guests. This was followed by lunch at a traditional pub and then a visit to the National Trust estate of Stourhead in glorious sunshine. A safari supper was held in the evening, which to the relief of the guests was nothing to do with Longleat, but a dinner party with each course held at a different home.
On Saturday it was down to business on the tennis courts. A mixed English/German doubles tournament for the Frome/Murrhardt Cup. This was won by Donna West and Uddo Claus after a closely contested final. The Germans then introduced their own twist to the game with a Drinkers Tournament. This involved substituting the usual inter-game hi-energy refreshment with a beverage of a stronger nature based on malted barley. The evening began with a game of skittles, followed by dinner and presentations at the Archangel.
FSTC are only a small club, but the guests from Murrhardt agreed they certainly know how to give big welcome to visitors. This reflects the friendliness which is at the heart of this club.

The Road to Wimblemdon Tournament

Unfortunately the Road to Wimbledon Tournament which was due to be held on Sunday 8th May (stage 1) has been cancelled due to a lack of participants.


We have received an allocation of Wimbledon tickets which can be seen on the list in the clubhouse. A ballot will be held at the club on Thursday 21st April at 6.30. Anyone wishing to be entered for this must write their name on the list in the club (by 20th April) and either be present at the draw or nominate a representative to be there. Payment must be made at the draw and a form signed to say that the person winning the tickets will attend Wimbledon along with one guest. Tickets cannot be SOLD or TRANSFERED to anyone else, even within families or the club. The prices on the list are per ticket and each block must be sold in pairs. Entrants must be a current club memeber and a British Tennis member.
If you have any questions please contact Donna 07872618465 or

The Road To Wimbledon Starts At FSTC!

FSTC is participating in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon National Challenge this summer. The Club is holding a Stage One Tournament on Sunday May 8th 2011 for Under 14 Boys, the winner of which will progress to the County Finals. Winners of the County Finals go to Wimbledon for the National Finals to be held from 15th-20th August, where the 44 County Finals winners and 20 runners-up qualify to play singles & doubles on the famous Wimbledon grass courts.

The Tournament on May 8th is open to all boys 14 or under who are club members and British Tennis Members, so if you are interested in entering please contact Muir MacKean

Give It a Go! Funding for Tennis Coaching at FSTC

You or a member of your family may be eligible for funding from Somerset County Council. That could mean FREE Coaching! Click on the link below for more details.
Give It A Go!

Quiz Night

The Club held it's annual Quiz night on Saturday 26 March at Trinity Church Hall, where 12 teams pitted themselves against one another and the Quiz Master. It turned out to be a closely contested competition with only one point separating first and second place. Mr & Mrs Partner and Mr & Mrs Parker pipped 8 round leaders the Frere-Smith family to win on the very last round! The Chairman's team (Cool Calm and Collected) were perhaps a little too cool calm and collected and came last. The Chairman claims that this was solely due to the wrong questions being asked.
Special thank you to Joe and Alice Brenni who collected the score sheets and also to the Grand Quiz Master himself Adrian "Magnus" West
The quiz and raffle raised £137 and once again thank you for your patronage all those who attended and look forward to challenging you all again next year.

Auction of Sporting Promises

Trinity Church Hall, Frome

SEATS ARE NOW ALSO AVAILABLE TO BOOK FROM DONNA 07872 618465 or these will be on a first come first served basis. We are happy for you to bring your own food and drink for the interval (some people bring very elaborate picnics, others just bring crisps) and children are welcome. Own plates and glasses must be brought and all rubbish taken home.
Closed bids can now be made for those not attending by contacting Donna, although more promises may be added for the night.

All welcome - We look forward to you joining us for this social event.

Frome Mens 'A' Team Champions!

The Frome Mens A doubles team clinched the Chippenham & District League Division 1 Championship on Wednesday night in their final match. Frome, missing their top pair of Dave Blissett & Toby Holman, lost narrowly away by 5 sets to 3 to bottom club Iconoclasts, but Chippenham A, the only team who could overtake Frome, were losers by 2-6 to eventual runners-up Trowbridge A on the same night giving Frome the title by a margin of 4 sets over the season. Frome 'A' have won Div. 1 nine times since 1982.

For all League details including downloadable fixtures, results and tables, visit the CHDTL site at

Frome Tennis on the Radio

listen to Andy Savage (our esteemed Press Officer), Robin Murray (all-round legend) and Polly Savage (ditto) discussing Frome Tennis on Frome FM on July 17th...

Fast forward to about the 20 minute mark to catch our an added bonus there are some great 80s mashups including 'Blue Monday' by New Order......

Frome Selwood Tennis Facilities Officially Unveiled

Facilities Unveiled

Tennis in Frome received a substantial boost today after the new tennis facilities at Frome Selwood Tennis Club were unveiled thanks to a £37,000 grant from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), with support from Sport England. To mark the unveiling, Somerset LTA Chairman Ken Johnson was joined by adult and junior members, guests, and the local community who were attending the Frome Festival event. The official opening was followed by the finals of the club's LTA Ratings Tournament.

The project was completed after Frome Selwood received the funding to renovate the three courts and install a new synthetic turf playing surface as well as the installation of new floodlighting system to improve the tennis offering and enhance access tennis opportunities for the local community. Frome Selwood Tennis Club, which is a Clubmark club, received the £37,000 from the LTA to help improve playing opportunities for the local community, with the club contributing an additional £78,000. The funding from the LTA is part of the LTA's drive to get more people - of all ages and abilities - playing the game.

Speaking at the opening, John Price, Chairman at Frome Selwood Tennis Club said: "We were helped by many organisations, both local and national, but the most significant help came in the form of a generous grant from the LTA of £37,000 for new floodlighting. This was the final brick that enabled the project to be completed. The grant means that we now provide excellent facilities for the local community, and these will hopefully last for the next 10 to 12 years. This will enable us to build up our membership and also provide an excellent base for bringing on some tennis stars of the future."

Richard Lewis, Sport England's Chair, said: "It's vital that public funding for sport goes into facilities that meet the highest standards, are welcoming, and cater for everyone. That's how we're going to get more people using them every day. The new courts and floodlights at Frome Selwood Tennis Club will offer better playing facilities for its members and encourage more people from the local community to get involved in the sport."

Caroline Blincoe, LTA Head of Club and County Relations, said: "Thanks to Sport England we were delighted to be able to provide Frome Selwood Tennis Club with this investment. Floodlights make a huge difference to the number of playing hours in winter, so are a priority as we work to boost regular participation in tennis. Improving and increasing facilities for the whole community is central to the LTA's overarching plan for British Tennis as we work to increase the number of people playing tennis, keep people in the game and support talented players to achieve their potential."

The funding has been provided as part of the LTA's facilities strategy which has received substantial investment from Sport England. This makes an important contribution to the sport's drive to increase the opportunities for people to participate, compete and get access to coaching at all levels of the game in communities nationwide. The LTA makes financial support available through its resources and ensures investments will deliver the maximum return for British Tennis through more people playing and more hours on the court across Britain. There will be an increase in the number and standard of facilities nationwide which will be available to the whole community at a reasonable, affordable cost.

FTSC French Open

French maids, Tour De France Cyclists and an assortment of Breton tops were sighted disappearing down an alley off Somerset Road on Sunday. Not the local Amateur Dramatics adaptation of 'Allo 'Allo, but the Frome French Open. The latest in the FSTC "Grand Slam" Series.While the other French Open has been plagued by rain, Frome was basking in sunshine. There was a great turn out for this fun event, with 11 mixed double teams taking part and it was good to see some of the junior members also joining in.

Muir and Ros were 'le grand Fromage' on the court, and managed to brie-z through the competition to win.
Ollie and Donna, Helen and Mark, Rupert and Julie were as steady as a rock-for most of the tournament and beat off some stiff opposition to take joint second place. First prize was a Coaching Session with Craig, second was a racquet restring or group lesson.

Sandra (French maid) and Rupert (Tour de France cyclist) won wine and chocolate in the fancy dress contest. Although for one of them I believe this is normal Sunday attire anyway. (I'll leave you to decide which one)

Thanks to Donna for organising the event and also supplying a suitably themed selection of wine, baguettes, cheeses and cold meats. Including the fantastic fusion of French and English cuisine, the Garlic Bread flavoured crisp!

The next competition will be Wimbledon on Sunday 20th June starting at 2:00 pm. A more relaxed event after the non-stop action of the French Open, with a break for Strawberries and cream, and a glass of Pimms. Well timed, as we can be sure to have a Brit still in the other Wimbledon competition at this point.

report by Andy 'Sauvage' Savage

Ladies Singles Tournament

The Tournament was held on the hottest week-end of the year so far. It started on Friday evening and the final took place on Sunday afternoon. There were 8 entrants who for the first round were placed into 2 groups of 4 for a round-robin knock-out with the top two going through to the semi-finals. The 3rd and 4th players went forward into the Plate tournament.
The first round saw some good tennis despite the hot weather conditions. All players gave of their best and there were some close matches. Unfortunately, during the first round one of the players expected to reach the later rounds, Claire Fowler, had to withdraw with an injured wrist, and was replaced by Ros Bean. At the end of the round-robin the top 2 in Group 1 were Linda and Helen and in Group 2 Ros and Julie.
Sunday saw the start of the semi-finals between Linda, Julie, Ros and Helen in the main event with the other four remaining players, Donna, Ali, Veronica and Amelia starting all over again playing a round-robin for a place in the Plate Final.

After some hard fought sets, Ros and Linda emerged successful to contest a re-match of the 2009 Ladies Final. In the Plate, despite determined efforts from Amelia and Donna, Veronica and Ali topped the table to qualify for the Final.

Both Finals were delayed until later in the afternoon to avoid playing in the hottest part of the day. In the Plate Final both players produced some of their best tennis of the Tounament. Veronica took the first set 6-3 but a fight back saw Ali take the second in a tie break leaving the final set up for grabs. This saw another close set with Veronica coming through winning 6-4.

The Ladies Final saw Ros against Linda for the third successive year. After a close start the first set was taken by Linda 6-3, but the second saw Ros recover strongly to take it 6-2. The final set saw Linda take an early lead and despite a come back from Ros, Linda came through victorious 6-4.

Well done to all who played. Congratulations to Veronica and Linda, Champions for 2010.

report by Ros Bean

The 2010 Ratings Tournament

The 2010 Ratings Tournament Entry Form & Poster are available on the downloads page. Please tell everyone you know who likes competitive singles about the Tournament, and encourage them to enter.

Little Aces Schools Coaching Programme Starts

The Club has launched its Schools Programme - for more details, visit the schools page

Annual Quiz Night

Frome Selwood Tennis Club held their annual quiz on Saturday 27th Feb. The quiz was a sell-out with 60 people attending. The winning slot was hotly contested by three teams who fought to the last round. ‘Grand Sham' (Waller's Mob) beat ‘10 Men went to Mow' (Muir's Mob) by just 1 point, and the team which was in the lead for the first 5 rounds ‘The Craig's' (Craig's Mob) came a close third. (It was widely agreed that Waller's Mob were extremely lucky, and that Craig's Mob attempted to pressurise the officials, and that Muir's Mob should have won...pure coincidence that the website is edited by Muir...)The club held a raffle and were very grateful to the sponsors of the ladies team (Frome Physio and Sports Injury Clinic) who donated a £45 aromatherapy voucher, and the sponsors of the men's teams (The Griffin) who donated a meal for 2 for their Caribbean night. The sum of £243 was raised from the evening.

Aussie Aussie Aussie

Sunday 24th January saw Frome Selwood Tennis Club hold the first of 4 Grand Slam tennis tournaments to coincide with the ATP tour. It was held at Writhlington Tennis Centre with 16 players taking part in the mixed doubles competition. The players played in Australian fancy dress and the winners of the tournament were Ros Bean and Muir Mackean (who each won a private coaching lesson with coach Craig Stock). The runners up were Rachel Brenni and Nick Poole. The fancy dress was won by Ros Bean and Mark Waller.

Organiser Donna West said: "This competition was the idea of our new coach, and was great fun. We hold many competitions throughout the year and now we move onto the French Open!"

Chairman John Price said: "It was very kind of Writhlington Tennis Centre to let us use their facilities while ours are being replaced - without their help, the event would not have been possible".


Frome Selwood Tennis Club hits Financial Target.

For the last 3 years the club has been striving to achieve its financial target of around £138,000 to ensure that the club can provide the very best community tennis facilities for the town. The existing 3 courts are being re-laid. The underlying tarmac is being renewed to improve levelness and drainage and a new artificial grass surface installed. The elderly floodlights on 2 of the courts are being replaced with the latest metal halide lights. The lighting on the third court was replaced a year ago with the help of an Awards for All Lottery Grant.

The final bricks in the funding wall have been provided by Somerset Community Foundation who have awarded the club £1,500 from the Comic Relief Fund, and the Lawn Tennis Association who have provided a massive £37,000.

John Price the Club Chairman said: "I believe that one of the factors that has persuaded the LTA to invest in us is our achievement of Clubmark. Clubmark is an accreditation programme that ensures that the club has recognised standards of child protection, coaching, fairness and equity, and good management. Although it took us 18 months it was well worth it."

The Club has raised money from Raffles, Auctions of Promises, Tennis Competitions, and Quiz Nights. It has also applied for grants to many bodies. This year alone the club has applied for 10 grants and been successful with 7, raising £41,550. In addition to the LTA and Comic Relief Grants, the club is very thankful to the following grant bodies for their generous help: Frome Lions Club, Mendip District Council, Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership, Frome Town Council and Frome Community Lottery.

The work will be carried out by AMB Sports of Kent who will build the courts and Exclusive Leisure Limited of Leicester who will provide the floodlighting. Work is planned to start at the end of January and will take 2 months - weather permitting. The final grass surface will be decided over the next 2 or 3 weeks and may not be laid until late spring when the weather is dryer. In the interim few weeks, play can continue on the underlying tarmac.

John Price said: "With our new courts, new school links programmes, and a busier than ever season, 2010 should prove to be one of our most exciting years ever".

Frome Hosts League End-of-Season Dinner

FSTC hosted the annual Chippenham & District Tennis League Presentation dinner at the Mill at Rode on Friday October 2nd. Over 70 people sat down to an excellent 3-course meal in the upstairs function room at the Mill. Frome, fittingly, provided the most guests of any club with 21 turning out, a fair number of whom collected silverware ...

Henry King collected the Mens 2nd Division trophy on behalf of Frome A, and Ros Bean picked up the cup for the Mixed A team, who were Champions of Division 1.

Frome's Amelia West won the Junior Player of the Year Trophy, which was collected by her parents Adrian & Donna as Amelia was away at an LTA Weekend at Roehampton.

Sylvana Henriques graciously agreed to be Guest of Honour in her son's place, and entertained everyone with some reminiscences of her career as a film actress in an interview with Mike Powell. Joseph's step-father Robert Puddy read a letter from Joseph.

Adrian Green spoke amusingly for the Club as Hosts, as did Chairman John Price who introduced the evening. Rachel Blacklidge and Henry King sold huge numbers of raffle tickets (thanks to those who donated prizes). Special Mentions must go to Helen Powell, who received an award after retiring as Match Secretary, and Mike Powell who tirelessly & expertly compered the whole evening despite wrestling with a malfunctioning PA system.

Thanks also go to Henry King for his help in organising the evening.

Junior Tournaments Held on Successive Weekends

FSTC hosted Junior Tournaments in August as part of the new expansion of Junior Tennis at the club. Firstly on Sat 15th the Club ran Red, Orange and Green MINI TENNIS tournaments. The following weekend saw an all-day combined U14 & U12 Boys Tournament, LTA Grade 6. You can see photos of the Tournaments on the PHOTOS 2009 page.
The following reports went out as Press Releases:

MINI TENNIS - 8th Aug.

Frome Selwood Tennis Club hosted their 1st Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) eights + under (Red Ball) and nines + under (Orange Ball) mini tennis tournaments on Saturday 8th August. This was organised by club members Amelia West and Jack Shepard. All of the twelve players for both competitions were boys and travelled from far a field - the furthest coming from Poole in GB and Joshua Brown came from Manhattan Beach, California! In the morning in perfect tennis playing conditions the five eight + under players battled it out and played good competitive tennis. The winner was George Blacker with 38 points out of a possible 40 and the runner up was Alex Antczak in a closely contested round robin with 36 points.
In the afternoon after four hours of energetic tennis the nines + under tournament was won by Edward Shattock from Taunton who won all 10 games out of a possible 10, not losing a set. He is the currant 8 + under Somerset county champion. The runner up was Tom Lemans who won 8 games out of a possible 10.

BOYS U14 & U12 - 15th Aug.

Frome Selwood Tennis Club held its first Open LTA Junior Boys Tournament on August 15th, as 14 promising U14 and U12 boys enjoyed a rare warm dry day of highly competive tennis.

The Tournament, which kept the club's 3 courts busy from 9.45am to 6.30pm, was eventually won by 12 yr-old Thomas Hunt of Avon, who beat outsider Danny Dempsey-Parr (13) of Bath 3-6, 6-4, (7-4). Despite going a set down, Hunt steadied himself and came back to claim the second set before the decisive tie-break. Dempsey-Parr had beaten two highly ranked U12s on the way to the final: Hamish O'Mahony from Beckington, who lost 7-5,6-4, and Kyran Rotheram of Hallatrow who lost a very close match in a third set tie-break after coming back from one set down to level the match at one set all.

Hunt's victories on the way to the final included a 6-1,6-0 win over 10 yr-old Matty Sefton of Frome, who impressed everybody by beating two older (and much larger) boys on the way to the semi-final.

Another player who impressed was 11 yr-old Will Lemans who had come all the way from Bournemouth. After losing to the eventual winner in the Tournament, Will won the Plate by beating 10 yr-old Joe Blakeley of Trowbridge, whose baseball cap never came off all day, and then Tom Baylis from Chard (13) in the Plate Final by a convincing 6-1, 6-1 scoreline.

The standard of tennis was remarkably high, and the boys kept going through a long day that had some players playing as many as 8 sets of hard-fought singles. The Tournament was a great success, and thanks go to all the parents who gave up large chunks of their weekend to bring their boys - and to all the boys for their efforts. The Club will be staging more events like this over the coming months, so if you are interested in competing keep an eye on the Club's website at

Valentine Raffle and Quiz Night Triumph!

A huge thank you to those of you who contributed in making our quiz and Valentine Raffle (Feb 7) such a success. Adrian and Donna compiled a brilliant quiz and were ably supported by Claire, Zeb and Amelia as 'runners'; Rachel Brenni took the bookings and organised us into tables and about 60 people turned up to participate on a freezing cold evening! Steve and Judith managed our raffle from start to finish and so many of you bought and sold the tickets. We have made a profit of over £1300 on the raffle and about £100 for the quiz! We are, of course, indebted to Tom McEwan for donating the prize which was won by Roger Frere-Smith. Thanks to everyone who helped organise the evening.

Hundred Club Latest

Last year the '100' club raised over £500 for the club and we would like it to continue this year. About 30 members have renewed so far this year but we will not be able to start the draws until the numbers meet, or exceed, those of last year, as it is not financially worthwhile. If you were a 100 Club participant last year, or would like to start this year, please download the 100 Club Application Form from the Downloads page, fill it in and send it off - the form has all the details. It costs £12 per year, and there are two prizes every month, one of £25 and one of £10.