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NEWSLETTER- WEEK OF 16 MAY

Greetings Graftonites, As summer kicks into high gear, so do the variety of events on offer at our club. As ever, we very much encourage feedback / suggestions / praise / offers to help to be sent to: graftoncomms@gmail.com So, without further ado, here are this week’s notices: - GRAFTON CUP ENTRIES NOW OPEN - MAY HALF TERM JUNIOR COACHING - SUMMER CHAMPS REMINDER - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Please go to the bottom of this message to read the full write-up for these notices. ***If you wish to put an announcement in next Monday’s broadcast, please send your request to graftoncomms@gmail.com by next Friday.*** Thanks. Grafton Cup 25 June -Entries now open It's six weeks and counting until this year's Grafton Cup, the premier one-day doubles tournament, on 25 June. The Grafton Cup needs little introduction but for you new members, or those with dreams of Grafton glory, we'll recap: This is a serious one-day tournament but all standards are welcome with cup, plate and saucer competitions. We will have four groups of six pairs in a round robin with the top two competing for cup glory, the middle two battling it out for the plate and 5th/6th place striving for the saucer. Everyone is guaranteed at least six sets of tennis on a great day. Registration will be at 9.30am for a prompt start. Normally the group matches finish around 2pm, with the finals of all competitions being played around 6pm. As we did last year, we will be providing balls and a sandwich lunch. We'll get the barbecue going from mid afternoon and of course the bar will be open throughout. We're also hoping to get some other fun stuff going for young and old so we'd love for you to bring friends and family down to watch. Entry will be £10 per player and you can enter singly or with your chosen partner by emailing graftoncup2016@gmail.com. Places are limited and fill up quickly so email soon to avoid missing out! Looking forward to seeing you all on court soon! Dave and Tom (Any questions? Email us at graftoncup2016@gmail.com) May Half Term Junior Coaching Here are the details of the junior tennis coaching camps for the May Half Term at Grafton with coaches John, Gary and Steve. We will be running from Tuesday 31st May to Friday 3rd June The times are as usual: for ages 6-16, 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm. If staying for the whole day, please bring packed lunch. No chewing gum. Please also remember refillable water bottle, hat, sunscreen etc. Sports clothing please; no jeans as the children need to be able to move freely. Footwear: Tennis shoes or trainers with non-marking soles please Please bring own racquet if you have one, otherwise we have spare mini tennis racquets (usually no spare full size racquets). Please note that the afternoon session is matchplay / points play and is therefore suitable for children who can start points, rally and score to at least a basic level. While we don't want to put people off, younger children tend to find this more difficult and are more likely to be tired if staying for a whole day. 6 year old beginners, for example should just do the morning sessions - if you are in any doubt as to whether to go for whole days or not, please do just contact us for advice. The costs are £10 per session am or pm, or £20 full day. PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCE by following the link here: http://johntennis.moonfruit.com/#/half-term/4583489975 You can either pay in advance directly from a Paypal account or use the following link for card / Paypal payments: http://johntennis.moonfruit.com/#/payments/4566393768 The holiday tennis booking menu is on the right hand side of the page - it allows you to pay in multiples of £10. NB: Preference is given to those who have booked and paid in advance. Second preference is for those that have booked online but haven't paid. Subject to availability, you can pay by cash or cheque on the day (cheques to John Peters) or by PayPal to John (johntennis@virginmedia.com). If you are unclear on anything, then do drop me a line. Otherwise we hope to see you soon. (We also hope for good weather !) Best Wishes, John and the Coaching Team. Summer Champs Reminder: A quick reminder to all to get in contact with your opponents ASAP. The sun's shining (for now...) so let's get out there and get those matches played! Please remember to also pay your entry fees. Any questions or comments to graftonclubchamps@gmail.com Thanks. Dates for your Diary: Sat 11th June - The Charity Cup Sat 25th June – The Grafton Cup (from 9:30am) Sat 2nd July – The Great Grafton Auction (from 7pm) Sat 9th July - Wimbledon Wine Tasting (time TBD) Sat 3rd Sept - Fox Trophy + After Party (from 9:30am) Sat 20 Aug / Sun 21 Aug - FINALS WEEKEND! Sat 17th Sept – Racketlon 2016 (10am) Sat 1st Oct – Oktoberfest (from 7pm) Sat 29th Oct - Halloween Party (from 7pm) Sat 3rd Dec - Christmas Party (from 7pm) Thanks, graftoncomms@gmail.com

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