Introducing the new season

Introducing the new season

The new season will officially begin next month and renewals will be due with effect from 1 April 2011. As in previous years the membership will provide unlimited access to the tennis courts.

The padlock to the gate will be replaced and you will be able to purchase a new key at the £3 cost price. Social Tennis has been renamed Play Tennis and will be run on selected Sundays from 10.30 to 12.00 hrs. Tennis balls will be provided and courts will be supervised.

Junior players enrolling in the Grass Roots Programme (GRP) will have access to 60 sessions in total, comprising weekly coaching, practice matches, league matches and automatic entry in the Hylands Majors.

Players competing in one of the leagues will need to be BTM registered. This is available free from the LTA website. All dates of the GRP can be accessed through our web site. Please note that three of the Saturday dates displayed are inset dates and these will be communicated as early as possible to minimise your inconvenience.

It is also worth noting that all practice matches, following requests from many parents, have now been moved to Sunday afternoons.

NEW A very significant benefit this season is that the GRP fee will also include one free membership for one adult living at the same address and parents are encouraged to take up this offer and hopefully take up the game too!!

Finally, a quick appeal to ensure you support the Awards Presentation Evening, which as well as providing an opportunity to celebrate our juniors is also an opportunity to raise much needed funds. To that end, please buy as many entry and raffle tickets as you possibly can. By joining our club, you will be helping your local community tennis club to prosper and deliver access to all.

Giorgio Bugnatelli TDA LTA DipTM


Awards Presentation Evening

Awards Presentation Evening

We would like to welcome you all to take part in our Awards Presentation Evening.

As you know from past years this is a very well attended evening, Giorgio will be sending a e-mail with ticket information so make sure you order your tickets early to avoid disappointment.  

For those of you who are new to the club it is a fun evening with a great DJ, fish and chip supper and of course the much awaited awards presentation.
There will also be a raffle with some lovely prizes.
To all the tennis pros amongst you, bring your families
to support you and join in the fun.

Look forward to seeing you all soon.


Awards Presentation Evening
Saturday 2 April 2011
Time: 19.00 hours
Venue: The Albany School
Broadstone Road
Hornchurch RM12 4AJ


Well Done Team!

Well Done Team!

Well done to Matt, Alex, Joe and James the new
under 18 Division 3 ECLTA League County Champions
They fought a tight three all in matches final but came through 24-22 on games.

A league to remember and it was a great achievement coming top of our league.
What a year. We came into this league with little knowledge that we would walk, or rather run, out of it with the trophy for the U18 league winners! First we qualified in our round robin group. Then it all started off at the semi-finals with a shaky start with us winning one doubles and the opposing team winning the other two. Then the singles, with two of us winning ours and the opponents winning two as well, it was all tied on sets. It all came down to the games. Overall, Harlow II had 24 games and Hylands had 28 games. Winning by four games was a marvelous moment. We were in the final!
Finals Day! It started off with us losing 3 singles and only winning one, it was nerve racking. We were 7 games down and it looked like we were not going to pick up the winning cup. But then in doubles, we came through to win it by two games. (what a moment). The trophy was ours and we all thoroughly deserved it. I would like to thank Matt Jupp, Joe Gorman, James Youngs and Andy Collins and all parents for the great support they have given us throughout. Many thanks.
Team members quotes:

Joe Gorman: “Our best season so far”

Matt Jupp: “This year has been the most fruitful year so far, and we look forward to adding to our medal tally”

James Youngs: “It’s been a very unpredictable season with its ups and downs, but we pulled through when it mattered most, and delivered the goods”

Andy Collins: “This year has been a fun and memorable year with some great matches and training sessions”

Alex Russell: “An amazing achievement for the whole team and Hylands with many laughs  along the way”


A white Christmas at Hylands

A white Christmas at Hylands

I very much hope that the sudden cold snap has not been too problematic. The early and heaviest snow, a first at this time of the year for the last 40 years, has certainly presented a number of challenges for most people and it is not even winter yet.

We had a good response to our Build your Snowman challenge and the winners are Caitlan and Ethan who win three stickers each with their impressive effort. See picture below. Here is a reminder of some key dates for your diaries.

The Grass Roots Programme will continue until Saturday 18 December As in previous years we encourage everyone to dress up in a festive outfit and a prize will be given for the best costume. Any outstanding matches for the Majors will be played in 2011.

The GRP will then resume on Saturday 15 January. The Mini Tennis Academy classes in 2011 will resume on 13 and 14 January respectively. If you have not received your application form by now, please let me know. The Fit for Sport classes will resume on 14 January. The Ladies Sessions and Mums and Tots classes will resume on 18 and 20 January respectively.

Finally, on behalf of the Hylands Team may I take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and joyful Christmas and a Healthy New Year. For those of you thinking of sending me a card, chocolates wines etc please don’t. Thank you but I already have everything I could possibly want. Instead, if you can, please make a donation to either the British Heart Foundation or the Royal Institute for the Blind. Stay warm. Giorgio Bugnatelli TDA LTA DipTM


My first time at Wimbledon

My first time at Wimbledon

by Tennis Leader Sinead Bernard

Thanks to Hylands I was able to get Centre Court tickets for the first day of the championships, and my first visit to Wimbledon. When I arrived I was overcome by the sheer number of people and the great atmosphere there.

First up was Federer vs. Falla; it was shocking that at one point Falla looked like he could knock Federer out! However, Federer eventually won, after a nail biting start to his tournament. I also saw Laura Robson, and found her very inspiring as she’s a young, English girl (the same age as me) and already playing at Wimbledon. It truly is a fantastic way to spend a day, and to top it all off we had great weather! I recommend it to anyone, as it makes you want to play and help out at tennis even more, so that maybe one day it'll be you on Centre Court.

<<  8 9 10 11 12 [13