Tennis & Multi-Sports
Great Massingham Tennis and Multi-sports Club is a thriving, friendly, LTA- registered two court club at the Village Hall. We’re the Norfolk LTA Club of the Year and were a finalist in the Active Norfolk Community Club of the Year. Not bad!
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Tennis Club Open Day Is ‘A Big Hit’!
The Tennis Club hosted its fourth Great British Tennis Weekend, with an Open Day on 13th May which attracted a record turnout of over 100 people. As part of a nationwide event organised by the LTA, it gave everyone, young or old, rookie or experienced player, the chance to play tennis for free. More than 50 children took part in the morning’s coaching sessions with a new ‘Girls only’ session proving very popular.
The teenage session allowed youngsters to test their speed of serve, with Luca Ramasso serving at an impressive 90 mph. Despite the odd shower, the sun came out in the afternoon when over 20 people joined in the Cardio tennis. There was also the opportunity to use the ball machine at various speeds or just chill with a burger! (see pictures left & right) KES coaches Jeremy Hodges and Ashley Swift were on loan to our club for the day and did a wonderful job in making it fun for everyone, whether a complete novice or a seasoned player.
Thanks to Luca Ramasso, Ethan Sparks and Ben Talbot-Williams for their enthusiastic help during the day. Thanks to the BBQ Team, Barrie Colvin for providing & manning the ball machine, photographer, Alan Petto and for all who helped on the day including the cake-makers and lastly to all who turned up to join in and find out more and who hopefully enjoyed the day!
Massingham Tennis and Multisports Club has 212 members ranging in age from four to eighty-three! It won Norfolk LTA ‘Club of the Year 2015’ and ‘Finalist Active Norfolk Community Club of the Year’.
If you would like further information, please contact Arthur Allen on 01485 520628 or Ali Ward on 01485 520700
The Tennis and Multi-Sports Has a New Club Shelter
To celebrate the ‘Grand Opening’ of the club’s new shelter, on Sunday 12th March, lots of members enjoyed bacon rolls, fizz and cake down at the tennis club. Despite the dismal weather forecast the rain held off so, thankfully, there was no need to test the capacity of the new shelter!
Huge thanks go to the ‘Dream Team’ of Alan Petto, Bruce Riches, Peter Lawton and Bob Nash who have been working hard for weeks in chilly conditions to construct this lovely addition to our club.
Parents of children attending the Saturday Junior Club now have somewhere to shelter when it’s cold, wet and windy and players at club/ improver sessions have somewhere to drink tea and coffee in inclement weather and, of course, the WOWs (Women on Wednesdays) have somewhere dry to eat cake!
Thanks also go to the Trustees of the Village Hall for their support with this project, Rob Burton who did the drawings for planning consent and advised on the application, Alan Petto who provided storage for the hut whilst under construction, Peter Lawton for buying the materials, John Andersson for the guttering materials and, of course, the members whose enthusiastic participation in the Club provided the funds. Ali Ward
Great British Tennis Weekend
Although Saturday was on the chilly side, this didn’t deter people coming to our Open Day and enjoying all the activities on offer including the ball machine, testing speed of serve and the beginners/improvers coaching. The children enjoyed Ashley’s fun coaching sessions (ably assisted by young Luca), throughout the morning and it was good to see many new faces as well as the regular Saturday morning ones.
After some refuelling with a burger or hot-dog it was time for many to try a spot of Cardio Tennis. James and Toby soon got everyone moving about to some funky music and testing their fitness and agility. Next up was the Crazy Tennis session which certainly required a lot of concentration in mastering the ‘hot dog’ and other trick shots and then the poor coaches were put under pressure with people queuing up to try to take points off them! Although couples did win some points, overall James and Toby remained the ‘champions!’
On Sunday there was lots of sunshine, which was a bonus and 26 keen tennis players who were randomly matched up with a partner to play in a Mixed Doubles Tournament. Heats were undertaken at three courts, the winners of each and the top runner up met on court to play the semi finals. Well done to semi finalists Jake & Ali, Penny & Chris, Michael & Annie and Malcolm & Diana (who was ably represented by Diwy in the semis). Unfortunately at this point the brave and the beautiful were knocked out of the game, and it fell to Jake & Ali v Chris & Penny to give us all a thrilling final whilst we applauded over a glass of wine and BBQ cooked to perfection by John Anderson. Congratulations to Jake and Ali who emerged the victors of our first tournament of the season.
This fantastic weekend showed our club at its best and would not have been possible without our band of merry helpers! Thanks to the fantastic Task Force Dream Team of Bruce, Alan and Bob for putting up the gazebo and doing all the ‘technical’ stuff. Thanks to Hugh Symington for loaning his court for the tournament on Sunday, without which it wouldn’t have gone so smoothly. Thanks to Barrie Colvin for bringing and manning his incredible ball machine which proved a big hit! Thanks to the wonderful WOWs (Women on Wednesdays) and others for helping with refreshments and supplying fabulous cakes – making it look like the Great British Bake Off at one point, and thanks to Arthur who, as always, made sure that our caffeine levels didn’t dip too low! Thanks to Official Photographer, Alan and the BBQ team who did a fine job too, with John Andersson coming to the rescue on Sunday, and the clear-up team, Sue and Michael!
PS Photos on the club website.
Great Massingham draw in annual tournament with KES
In December 2015, a team of 16 players from the Tennis and Multi-sports Club took part in a tournament at KES. This is the fourth tournament of its kind and each year the two clubs compete for a handsome trophy, popularly known as the ‘turd’. Massingham won the two previous years but this time the match was a draw and we left KES with the task of polishing the trophy for the next year. It’s always a fun evening with large amounts of food and wine to keep us fit and healthy.
The KES team is headed up by Massingham protégé Ashley Swift who was encouraged by the Club at Massingham to qualify as a coach. Ashley is now Head Coach at KES where he does an excellent job. But not good enough to beat Massingham.
Brian and Sandy Francis are the Tennis Club’s most improved players.
At the Tennis and Multi-sports Club Christmas Dinner at the Dabbling Duck, Phil Ward presented the Herbert Raspberry Shield for the most improved players to Brian and Sandy Francis of Abbeyfields. Brian and Sandy joined the Club a year ago and, never having played tennis before, came with great regularity and enthusiasm to the two sessions a week aimed at beginners and improvers. And now they can play a decent game of tennis.
The Shield is named in honour of the late Herbert Raspberry who was Court Keeper at Great Massingham for many years.