NEWS

OUR COURTS HAVE RE-OPENED

COVID restrictions eased by the Victorian Premier ..... Strict safety protocols apply as tennis gradually  resumes....   

The courts at East Croydon Kilsyth Tennis Club have been closed throughout stage 4 COVID restrictions  - however with the Victorian Premier announcing an easing of restrictions affecting tennis, we have received Council approval to open our courts. This is subject to complying with strict safety protocols - information on these can be found at the Tennis Victoria website, “Return to tennis guidelines

Court Usage Plan has been developed in an attempt to ensure equitable access and time on court for all members -including the casual walk up player/family. 

CONGRATULATIONS  to the junior club coaching scholarship winner....

The club is pleased to announce the inaugural winner of the coaching scholarship, sponsored by Warren Woodcock and his family - Keishi Sasuga  The scholarship provides Keishi with one term of tennis coaching, valued at $250. Three further junior scholarships sponsored by the Woodcock family will be awarded over the next 12 months. Club coaches Kelsey and Andrew described Keishi as a great role model for the other young players in his team. “Keishi is a boy who never gives up, always tries his best and is eager to listen to advice. This coaching scholarship will give him the opportunity to gain some valuable one-on-one intensive tuition and maybe help take his game to the next level ..... of course, when tennis eventually resumes after the COVID lockdown”.  Keishi’s mother expressed her gratitude to the Woodcock family.


East Croydon Kilsyth Tennis clubSHOUT OUT TO MAROONDAH CITY COUNCIL - Major Safety Works Program Carried Out At Our Court

Thanks to our local council for organising and funding some major capital works projects and substantial  safety improvements at our courts.  Our local councillors offered their support for these initiatives, with the Leisure Facilities team at Maroondah Council playing a lead role.

In particular,  stabilising and securing the foundations for each of our court lighting structures and replacing several of the light poles that had severely rusted. These important works have helped to ensure a safe playing environment for our club members, when tennis eventually resumes. Night tennis has proven very popular at our club, with around 16 teams usually competing on a weekly basis. So safe lighting is essential. 

CLUB SERVICE AWARD TO MIKE DRUMMOND 

In recognition of more than 30 years of dedicated service to our tennis club, the club has awarded Mike Drummond it’s first Certificate of Service. It is a token of our appreciation for the tireless work that Mike has done in support of all club members. It is through the efforts of willing volunteers such as Mike, that the club can run so smoothly. Mike on receiving his award, in his typically humble and unassuming manner said that he was surprised and thankful for the award. A presentation had originally been planned for the AGM, but with the uncertainty surrounding lock-down, a small presentation occurred outside of his home. A nice couple of bottles of wine accompanied the award.

The Neville Asquith Metro Masters Award for Good Sportsmanship 

In recognition of Neville’s many years of service, both as President of Kilsyth Tennis Club and as vice-President of our own East Croydon Kilsyth Tennis Club, the club is proud to introduce a new perpetual award.  

This year’s winner will be decided by Neville and announced at the AGM.  It is a fitting award that reflects Neville’s own personal commitment to the values of fairness and sportsmanship and the key role he played in bringing Metro Masters tennis to both clubs. 

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Congratulations to the winner of our club’s  competition for juniors -  PRIZE: “Play Tennis at Home” pack 

THE WINNER IS MATTHEW PHAM  !!!

East Croydon Kilsyth Tennis Club wanted to see how our junior club members were playing tennis whilst we all #stayathome. The most creative #homecourttennis setup would win a FREE “play at home tennis pack”worth $185.00 which included a portable net, tennis balls, 2 x racquets and drop down lines. To enter, you simply had to take a picture or video of yourself playing tennis at home and then submit it. 
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STUCK AT HOME & BORED? .....

You might like to check out some interesting new pages we’ve recently added to the website....

COVID-19: All competition tennis cancelled for the remainder of the season 
Social distancing; Wash your hands, Don't touch your face
All competitive tennis has been cancelled at our club until next season - that is, night tennis, junior tennis, Saturday seniors, mid-week ladies and Metro masters (vets). The decision has been made by Tennis Victoria and affiliated bodies, in the interests of player health & safety.

Tennis Australia : COVID-19 & playing tennis ...... According to COVID-19 Community Tennis Guidelines issued by Tennis Australia on March 23, as long as players abide by strict health & hygiene guidelines - including abiding by social distancing guidelines - then playing tennis can continue to provide the community with an important outlet that offers physical and mental health benefits. However if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms of the corona-virus or feeling unwell, then please be responsible and stay home, so as to avoid exposure to other people.

Club members are asked  to be acutely aware of social distance guidelines - so please remember to maintain physical distance between yourself and others (at least space of 1.5 metres).

You might like to view the advice that had been issued  by Tennis Australia regarding COVID-19 and Continuing to Play Tennis 

To view some tips and precautions on how to reduce your risk of exposure to the corona-virus, click here  And if you're after some ideas to help you cope with the possibility of quarantine, then look at Coping With Self-Isolation

Social Tennis: 

Thursday’s 7.00 - 9.00 pm - East Croydon Kilsyth Tennis Club
Postponed until further notice. Come along, join in the FUN - when the pandemic has passed.
  • have a social hit of tennis, in small groups
  • cost $5 per player
  • register - simply give Kelsey a call (0408 731 065), so we know the numbers 
  • play on a casual basis.
Open Court Sessions - Concluded 

Earlier this year, East Croydon Kilsyth Tennis Club participated in a Tennis Australia initiative, called Open Court sessions.  At the launch of the program late January, the club had 6 people participate in the first public program run by Kelsey and they had an absolute ball! 

Over the past few weeks, the program has continued to gain interest from members of the local community. 
Some participants of the program had either never played tennis - or it had been a long time since they had last played. The program  provided them with a great opportunity to experience the sport and have some fun. In this photo is the final group of participants of the club’s Open Court session - a small but highly enthusiastic group.  A special thanks to Kelsey for her terrific conduct of the Program.

Our coaches take Hot Shot kids to the AO 2020


What an awesome day it was for a group of lucky East Croydon Kilsyth tennis club kids who attended the AO this week - lead by our popular club coaches Andrew and Kelsey. Not only did they get to experience centre court - they appeared on the Today TV show with Karl......... Likely to be a day remembered by all the kids for a long time!
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Service to Tennis Award 2020
Danielle presenting Steve with his Award


The club was delighted to have Danielle Cornwall from Tennis Victoria, come along and conduct a fabulous training session for members of the club who will be volunteer hosts in the up-coming new Thursday evening "Get Your Racquet On" program (commencing Jan 23).  The club is excited by the prospect of welcoming new players that we hope will be attracted through our participation in this Tennis Australia initiative.

At the same time, Danielle took the opportunity to present Steve Baldry with his Service to Tennis Award. Steve was typically humble in his acceptance of the Award, acknowledging the close working relationship he has developed over many years, with his mate Noel Hester (our club president).
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And the winner of the club’s 2019 Xmas raffle is 

 
Congratulations to our one and only beloved club Vice President, Neville Asquith for winning !st prize in the club's fundraising raffle. And to allay any suspicion about the integrity of the draw, it was dutifully overseen by the Head of Tennis Victoria, Ruth Holloway

Before concluding, can we give a "shout out" to the club members who kindly donated goodies as prizes for the raffle. Over $500 was raised for the club. Thank you to Wendy for a typically superb job of organising it all - as well as donating goodies. Together with donations from Steve (naturally), Kelsey and Andrew (our club coaches). Also a hamper donated by Michael Sukkar, our local MP.
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Shout-out to Brian Cooke

Brian is one of the real characters of the club's Vets tennis brigade - well known for his jovial manner.

One of Brian's many contributions to the club are the seat benches that appear on the sides of our courts 1, 2, 3 & 4

For the vets in particular, at the change of ends between play, these seat benches are well used in taking a brief few moments of "recovery".  

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Brian constructed all of these seat-benches himself, as well as supplying the materials - quite an accomplished handyman is our Brian!
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Tennis Victoria - "Pick Up A Racquet"


The club was delighted to host a visit by Danielle Cornwall, Club Development & Participation Officer (Eastern Region) with Tennis Victoria. 

Danielle met with several members of the Club's Committee and outlined an exciting new promotional campaign sponsored by Tennis Victoria aimed at encouraging "lapsed" tennis players to re-connect with the game. However instead of playing so called "traditional" tennis, participants will be playing various versions of tennis - designed to be more fun and more social. There will be music, games and activities - accompanied with some food and drinks.  


Our club agreed to participate in the campaign, recognising a wonderful opportunity to potentially attract new members to the Club, and to showcase our club's facilities to members of our local community. We want more people to experience the FUN of our game and the chance to make new friends.
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Jan 16 & 17 - Another free Junior tennis clinic at East Croydon Kilsyth  Tennis Club has been successfully conducted by the club's coaching team ...... 

A wonderful turn-out, with over 100 kids enjoying their tennis and having fun with Kelsey and the coaches - games, activities and a BBQ as well.

Acknowledgement to Tennis Victoria for their contribution to the clinic.


And you might like to check out the club’s Facebook Page for more information about upcoming events and our facilities ....... 
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