The sharp-eyed amongst you will have noticed that the Club has a new Chairman and so I wanted to take the opportunity to say a few words by way of an introduction.
I was extremely flattered when I was approached me as a potential candidate for the position and I am glad to have been elected at the recent AGM.
I returned to the Club in September 2012 having been a junior tennis member for 10 years in the 1980s playing for both Club and county on many occasions. Since coming back I have been involved in Club afternoon on Saturdays, played matches for various Club teams and even participated gamely in the Club Championships… Despite my advancing years I am keen improve and have fun!
My family are also keen tennis players. My three kids are more or less permanent fixtures on the courts or in the Clubhouse and my wife plays regularly during the week. If this weren’t already enough the recent arrival of my mother-in-law as a member means that we have most angles covered from a tennis perspective!
Over the coming months I will work closely with the others members of the committee to broaden my horizons from a narrow “tennis” view to a more complete understanding of the Club, in particular the squash section. In my twenties I played a reasonable amount of squash and could possibly be tempted back onto a court with suitable incentives (an ambulance on standby and the prospect of a pint of ale afterwards).
I have the sense that I am stepping into this position at a critical time in the Club’s history. There are many challenges ahead, the most important of which is to preserve the spirit of the Club whilst ensuring we have a strong financial footing. I look forward to working with the management team to face these challenges and to explore new opportunities for developing the club.
With such a large and diverse membership I cannot possibly hope to keep everyone happy all the time, but I am always at your disposal to discuss any issues or ideas that you may have. I am at the Club several times a week, especially at the weekend, so please don’t hesitate to grab me!