Welcome to Hove Park Tennis Club

Hi and welcome to the official website of the Hove Park Tennis Club. Please take some time to have a read and a browse around the site.

See below for what’s happening at the club or click this Latest News link.

If you have some feedback or if there is something you would like to know about, or see added to the site, just let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Enjoy your tennis!

Mick Cox

Club Captain

 

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2018 – A new era for Hove Park Tennis! Season starts NOW!

Welcome to the 2018 season in Hove Park. This is an exiting new era for the club and also heralds in new arrangements for Hove Park courts management.

First club night is on Monday 26th March – running Mondays and Fridays from 5pm until 30 April, then from 6pm through the summer till a return to 5pm start in September. Various members will be helping open up the courts for club nights this season, but anyone else willing to volunteer to be a regular “early starter” or “late finisher” and help with this should contact Mick or any of the committee.

Matches start from Tuesday 10th April, with some new Team Captains – so please ensure your registration forms and payment have been returned to Mick Cox by Friday 6th April at the latest! At least this season there will no more Match Fees to be paid as now included in the £70 membership fee.

Details of the other club competition dates were in the welcome letter sent.

 

This season will see major changes in the way the courts are run, as the council have now handed over the running (and financing) of the courts to “Hove Park Tennis Alliance” – a new organisation comprising members of Hove Park Tennis, Top Cat and Welbeck Tennis clubs. There is an online & App court booking system (club members are automatically made members of the HPTA) which is also available to members of the public, to allow you to book available courts! Once your membership form has been received by Mick, you will be invited to register online for access.

PS Thanks to Nick Rivett Sports who gave us a good competitive price for this season’s Dunlop Fort all court tennis balls so I hope you will visit his shop in Church Road, Hove whenever you need any tennis or other sports equipment!

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2018 season – not long now – AGM is on Wed 28th Feb!

The 2018 Season is nearly here, days are getting longer, and the annual AGM has been set for 8.00 pm on Wednesday 28th Feb 2018 at The Poets Ale and Smoke House (previously Poets’ Corner pub) on Montgomery Street, Hove. We hope to see as many members as possible there.

There is a lot to discuss and look forward to!! Remember we need team captains for 5th and 6th teams and we can also update you on the latest court situation from the council.

Letters with details of the AGM agenda and also your registration forms will be sent out very soon. Remember to get these back to Mick asap please along with your annual subs or else bring them along to the meeting in person.

First club night will be on Monday 26th March at 5pm. League matches start from the 10th April.

PS If a British Tennis member – please remember to OPT-IN to the Wimbledon ballot before 23 Feb as that increases the no of tickets we will be allocated (or join for free at lta.org.uk and link to HoveParkLawnTennis Club).

Mick Cox and John King.

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2017 season almost over!

Sadly the 2017 season will soon be coming to an end and the various Club Tournaments have been played.

Before then 18 members (in three teams of six) will be playing this Saturday (23rd) in the Brighton Parks ‘Davis Cup’ competition in Hove Park.

Club sessions will also continue on the astro courts until the end of September. Paul will then open up on the hard courts until the clocks go back at the end of October, from about 4.45 pm on a Monday and Friday evening for anybody that wants to come and play.

We hope to see you all at the AGM in February, if not before! Keep up with any other winter news via our Facebook group.

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Hove Park 60th Anniversary year!

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We held a celebration for our 60th Anniversary year on Saturday 1st July 2017 at Hove Rugby Club, attended by over 60 current and past members and their guests.

It was a very enjoyable evening with some interesting information from John King and Mick Cox about the early years (helped from the floor by 2 of our very earliest members – Don Lambert and Jack Galway), a delicious buffet (well done Matt!), great raffle, and some amazing photos displayed, covering MANY years of the club, showing just how much fashions have changed, whether for clothing, hairstyles or racquets. Finally the dance floor was lit up and Dan the DJ was let loose, and a chance for all to dance the night away!

I have added some pictures to the Gallery.

Take care John.

 

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2017 Club Tournament – SUNDAY 3rd Sept (weather permitted just!)

The Club Tournament FINALS took place on Sunday 3rd September 2017 from 9:45am. Despite the dreadful weather we still managed to play them all!

Order of matches
Ladies Singles – Jo Davies beat Rachel Lee 6-2 6-2
Mens Singles – Josh Pollard beat Fariss Barakat 2-6 6-2 6-3
Ladies Doubles – Susie Pettit/Jo Whatley beat Pam Martin/Dinah Rae 6-1 7-5
Mens Doubles – Dan Curtis/Fariss Barakat beat John Bell/Stephen Milonas 7-5 6-3
Mixed Doubles – Tony Denman/Susie Pettit beat Martin Patrick/Dinah Rae 6-4 3-6 7-5.
Many thanks for all the help from the Umpires and line judges (and food contributors) for the matches. Special thanks to Paul Smith for organising! Check out the Gallery for the Finalists!

BBQ was cancelled due to poor weather forecast BUT some people still brought down snacks, etc during the day! Thanks you for coming down and enjoying our last social of the year.

The DRAW is as follows. (PS Update – a tie break is played at 6-6 in ANY set – as per recent change in League Match rules)

Ladies Singles – (Last update 03/9/17)

Mens Singles  – (Last update 03/9/17)

Ladies Doubles  – (Last update 03/9/17)

Mens Doubles  – (Last update 03/9/17)

Mixed Doubles  – (Last update 03/9/17)

The rules and a players contact sheet will be issued to all competitors by Paul Smith, the Tournament organiser (or by Club Captain Mick Cox), BUT the draw sheets will be only on the WEB. You can print copies yourselves as required. The results will be updated as they are received. Any updates send to Paul Smith (pesmith33@gmail.com) and also copy in hoveparktennis @ btinternet.com .

**At the AGM is was emphasised the need to arrange matches and get them played promptly so the tournament can run fairly to all.**

To ensure the tournament runs smoothly for the benefit of everyone, the Rules to be followed are below (with additional notes):-

1) Each Competitor is responsible for arranging matches they are in (please do not wait for others to make contact with you)
2) Matches are to be played by dates shown on the Draw sheets.
3) Matches cannot be played on courts used during Club Evenings unless they become free later in the evening.
4) Results are to be given to Paul Smith (pesmith33@gmail.com) immediately after matches have been played (can also copy in hoveparktennis @ btinternet.com ).
5) If a match is not going to be completed by the stated date please inform Paul asap. (Note: Missed deadlines could result in all players in that game being scratched)
6) If you are unable to compete further, or even for a temporary period, please inform Paul. (Please also try and let your partner/opponents know)
7) A reminder will be sent if results have not been received by the stated date (but please do not wait for this – see note for 5)
8) If you are not free on Finals Day you must withdraw from the Tournament asap.
9) If necessary the Tournament Secretary will arbitrate in the event of a dispute (and has the final say).
10) Matches are best of 3 sets, with a tie break at 6-6 in any set.

Thank you!
Paul Smith, Tournament Secretary, 01273 556516, pesmith33@gmail.com

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2017 season now “officially” under way!

We have had some really good turnouts for the club nights so far, and last week the league matches started for real – with the Astro courts becoming available just in time! With Easter availability making team selections quite difficult, it was good to get all the teams out and some great results to start things off, even though  a number of games had to be halved due to poor light. Well done all – and keep your team captains up to date with your availability please…

Paul is asking for Club tournament entries now please, and keep the 1st July date for the Club’s 60th anniversary evening. Contact us for more details if you haven’t heard anything direct yet.

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Hove Park Astro Courts in PERIL !!

Whatever happens with the citywide tennis court proposals, the future of the Astro courts in Hove Park remains uncertain, and it seems ever more likely that we may not get use of the Astro courts next year (cutting the total no of tennis courts available to all users from 12 to 7)!

The Council have stated that their insurers may refuse to provide liability insurance due to the poor state of the courts, and a couple of legal cases are apparently already pending. There could be money available from the “106 project” (where developers give money to park projects for building flats opposite) but this is not certain to be allocated here for existing maintenance!

This is where all HPTC members can help out in trying to keep these courts in use for summer tennis – please write to your local councillors or to the Hove Park Councillors stating that this facility can’t just be left to go to rack and ruin but is much loved and is an important asset for many sports including tennis. Even more so as the council are also wanting to hand these over to be run by local organisations who would have no contingency funds to repair them on day 1. There have also been enquires from other parties in turning these courts into dedicated all year 3G football pitches (and so unsuitable for other sports!)

We can’t let this facility go without a fight. Any suggestions from any of you will be most welcome.

Thanks Neil

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2017 season – not long now – AGM is on 8th March!

The 2017 Season is nearly here, days are getting longer, and the annual AGM has been set for 7.30 pm on Wednesday 8th March 2017 at The Poets Ale and Smoke House (previously Poets’ Corner pub) on Montgomery Street, Hove. We hope to see as many members as possible there.

There is a lot to discuss and look forward to – especially as it is our 60th year and we want to celebrate that!! Remember we still need team captains for 5th and 6th teams and we can also update you on the latest situation for the council proposals for parks tennis next year.

Letters with details of the AGM agenda and also your registration forms will be sent out very soon. Remember to get these back to Mick asap please along with your annual subs or else bring them along to the meeting in person.

First club night will be on Monday 27th March at 5pm. League matches start from the 11th April.

Mick Cox and John King.

 

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Winter 20016/17 is here

Well the season is over for another year, but various people do keep playing through the winter – contact one of us to join the Facebook group for best updates as to who is playing when.

We are also keeping our eye on the Brighton Council proposals for saving money on Parks and Leisure next year!

Otherwise look forward to the AGM next year and a new season of enjoyable tennis!

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Matches finished for 2016 season already!

September now and all league matches have finished. Despite the weather very few were postponed, however it has been close call on quite a few occasions. Club nights continue from 5pm for September, so do please still come along.

First team under Tony had a good run and just missed top of Division 1 to Queens, but stayed ahead of King Alfred and Saltdean. Hove A under Neil though had a much harder time and ended up last (but by just one point) and will play on a Wednesday next year.

Hove B under Jason also had a hard time on Wednesdays in Div 2 and just avoided the last place (that went to Blaggs who were well adrift) BUT they will stay on a Wed due to Matt’s team result.

On a Tuesday in Div 3 there has been strong opposition for both teams – Hove C under Matt have had mixed fortunes but ended up a great 3rd place (quite a gap from the top 2), BUT as Dyke can’t go up it effectively means Hove B stay on Wed. Hove D under Carmel have had some really hard close games, and have been unlucky not to get more points, so they will go down to Div 4 (but still play on a Tuesday).

In Div 4 (also Tuesday) Colin’s team Hove E just kept clear from the bottom 2 clubs, but have not had to concede many which is a great testament to the number of club members playing matches.

For next year we will need new team captains for both Hove D and Hove E – so please think about this before the AGM as without these teams MANY players will not get a game next year.

Well done to all team players (nearly 50 a week), but especially to all the team captains who go a really great (but hard) job getting everyone together on a weekly basis (and fitting around people’s holidays, injury, sickness or work commitments).
We are still short of players, especially ladies, for the teams, so if you do know of anyone interested please encourage them to come down for a visit.

The Club tournament is on Sunday 4th Sep, so lets all hope the weather holds.

John

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