Nether Heyford Tennis Club – July & August 2020

Our Court Refurbishment Project is into its final stages and we will soon be offering tennis on three very smart and upgraded courts. We will be having a Grand Opening / Open Day – date tba when we are able to celebrate this huge achievement,

Although, during these difficult times, how we are able to play tennis is restricted we look forward to the return of all our “Social Sessions”

– ladies, men’s, league level, mixed abilities
Coaching – adults, junior, Summer Camps
Free – Friday tennis during school holidays

We would love to welcome new members of any age and any ability – please contact us and come and see what our Tennis Club has to offer.

For further information – please find us on Facebook or contact Jo on 01327 349094 Email: jodickson@btinternet.com

Website: clubspark.lta.org.uk/NetherHeyfordTennisClub

Full facilities and location details can be found on our Nether Heyford Tennis Club page.

Nether Heyford Playing Fields – ‘A community asset to be proud of’

Nether Heyford Playing Fields – ‘A community asset to be proud of’

There may not have been much organised sport at the Playing Fields since lockdown started, but that doesn’t mean they’ve been abandoned – far from it! Club volunteers have been hard at work keeping the playing surfaces and facilities ready for when sport can resume. Indeed, it has been reported that many people (both new and longstanding friends) have been enjoying the good weather and open space the fields have to offer – and we welcome all to make use of what is a fantastic local asset. Some might find it surprising that the facilities have only been in existence for 34 years – which makes what has been achieved in that period a truly outstanding achievement. With that in mind, here is a brief history of the Playing Fields and our plans…

In the mid-1980s, the Parish Council realised that with the growing population, the village green which had always been suitable for community sporting activities, was sadly no longer fit for purpose. Consequently, the decision was made to purchase 14.47 acres of land to be used for sport from Mr Spokes at a cost of £39,500 which is now Nether Heyford Playing Fields. The acquisition was funded by the sale of allotments on Furnace Lane and the Purchase Agreement was signed on behalf of the Parish Council by Mrs Sally Foulkes and Mrs Joan Kirkbride on the 1st August 1986. There were several conditions to the sale, the main ones being that no building could be constructed on the site without the written permission of the vendor, although this would not be refused if the request was in pursuance of sport. Also, if the land ceased to be used for sport and was to be disposed of, it must initially be offered for sale back to the vendor at the current agricultural price of land. Once purchased the Parish Council set up by a Declaration of Trust, the Nether Heyford Playing Fields Association Committee to administer, manage and financially indemnify the Parish Council from any costs and with the remit to support sport and leisure for the local and outlying community. The Parish Council remain the Trustees.

The formation of the Playing Fields in the early years required the movement of the old portacabin changing rooms from the Village Hall to the Playing Fields to form the  existing pavilion. The following seasons saw the setting up of football and cricket teams at the new location, together with the construction of tennis courts, then later in 1996 a Bowls Club was formed with the grant of £72,000 from the Sports Lottery and South Northants Council.

Over the years the Playing Fields continued to develop with the increase of participation in the four main sports clubs. These four clubs form the Playing Fields Association. They are all independently run with their own committees and finances.

The cost of running the Playing Fields – and excluding the running costs of individual clubs – is in excess of £10k per year (e.g. utilities, maintenance and insurance) and is met mainly from Member Club annual fees, a grant of £400 annually from the Parish Council (although the Parish Council has contributed to specific projects), the 300 Club (currently paused until the end of lockdown), and percentage of the Bar profits.

The Football Club now has two Saturday senior teams and various age groups including U7, U9, U12, U15, and U18s teams and an enjoyable ‘Thursday evening of walking football’ was gathering momentum pre-lockdown. They also hire out their facilities to two Sunday teams. The Cricket Club hoped for the first time in their history to field three senior Saturday teams prior to lockdown. They also enthusiastically promote youth sport with competitive cricket for U11s and All-Star cricket for younger children and have recently completely renovated their nets. The Tennis and Bowls Clubs also have strong membership of about 60 members each. The Tennis Club are currently refurbishing their Tennis Courts with new surfaces and fencing. Also, in recent history (in 2017) an additional 2.35 acres of land was purchased from Northamptonshire County Council with a grant of £45,000 from South Northants District Council, and with further funding from SNC (£10,000) and the London Marathon Charitable Trust (£20,000), a brand-new Netball and Basketball court has been constructed. The planned introduction of a Ladies Netball team has been delayed due to lockdown, but hopefully only temporarily!

The Playing Fields have also established close ties with the village Scouts and Bliss Charity School – with the procurement of a storage container so that they can safely store their own equipment and make use of the facilities. Along with the Parish Council , the  Playing Fields also supported the creation of the Community Orchard at the allotments by planting the hedge that includes several varieties of fruit trees.

The Nether Heyford Playing Fields Committee has been lucky in gratefully securing grants over the years which have been used to construct Bowls Club Changing Rooms, Basketball/Netball Court, Land purchase and other minor projects, and the committee are continuously working tirelessly to improve the facilities… we have plans for the construction of a new building with new changing rooms, storage facilities, kitchen and toilets. It has been designed by Ellis Architectural Design and Planning Permission has been approved (reference S/2019/1393/MAF for those interested). The provision of this building will be extremely challenging as the cost is estimated at approximately £450,000. It is hoped to raise the money by matched grants from South Northants District Council, Sport England and the Football Foundation.

Over the years the Playing Fields have been supported by the Parish, Local and District Councils, local farmers, grant bodies, professionals and numerous individuals all of whom are too many to mention. The Committee and Clubs are lucky to have so many enthusiastic individuals serve on their respective committees and give their time for coaching and ground maintenance. The 17 acres of Playing Fields are now a valuable and much prized community asset of which we should all be rightly proud. We encourage and welcome everyone to enjoy all it has to offer and thank you for your ongoing support.

NHPFA Committee – June 2020

Published in the July / August Edition of The Prattler 2020

Nether Heyford Tennis Club – March 2020

Our Court Refurbishment Project is soon to start. Two courts are being fully renewed and our third court will be cleaned and painted to match. The surrounding fencing will also be upgraded.

Watch out for our Grand Opening/Open Day in May

During this time we will be playing on them as much as is possible -with only a little break. So do come along and join us at any of these times:

Monday evenings: 7pm – 9pm Men’s night
Wednesday evenings: 7pm  – 9pm Social club night (all ages/abilities)
Fridays: 10am–12noon Ladies tennis morning
Sundays: 10am-12noon Open “club level” tennis session

During school holidays we aim to offer again “Free Friday Tennis”
Children and adult coaching also available.

For further information – please find us on Facebook or contact Jo on 01327 349094 Email: jodickson@btinternet.com

Website: clubspark.lta.org.uk/NetherHeyfordTennisClub

Full facilities and location details can be found on our Nether Heyford Tennis Club page.

Nether Heyford Tennis Club – February 2020

We are a friendly club that welcomes players of all ages and abilities.

We offer four social sessions:

Monday – Men’s night

Wednesday – Social play from 7pm

Friday mornings – Ladies morning

Sunday morning open club session for league level play

At other times the courts are available for use by members.

We offer coaching sessions – juniors and adults. This is also open to non-members.

We have between 5 and 7 teams playing in the Northants Leagues.

Club News: We are now seeking funds to refurbish two of our three courts. The surface of these courts is starting to break up from the weather and many years of use.

Can we offer anything else? We are always looking for ways to ensure our club is used by as many local people as possible and welcome any suggestions or ideas of what else we could do.

For further information – please find us on Facebook or contact Jo on 01327 349094 Email: jodickson@btinternet.com

Website: clubspark.lta.org.uk/NetherHeyfordTennisClub

Full facilities and location details can be found on our Nether Heyford Tennis Club page.

 

Nether Heyford Tennis Club – September 2019

We are a friendly club that welcomes players of all ages and abilities.

Do you fancy trying Tennis or have you played before and are thinking of trying again ?

We have four different tennis sessions each week – something to suit everyone.

Coaching: Mondays for Juniors / Saturday Mornings for Adults

For further information – please find us on Facebook  or contact Jo on 01327 349094 Email: jodickson@btinternet.com

Website: clubspark.lta.org.uk/NetherHeyfordTennisClub

Full facilities and location details can be found on our Nether Heyford Tennis Club page.

 

Tennis Club – Wimbledon Finals Day – Sunday 14th July 2019

Nether Heyford Tennis Club – Wimbledon Finals

Sunday 14th July – 10.00am – 12.30pm

Come along and join us on the morning of Wimbledon finals day.

Social play with light refreshments

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For further information on Nether Heyford Tennis Club – please find us on Facebook  or contact Jo on 01327 349094 Email: jodickson@btinternet.com

Website: clubspark.lta.org.uk/NetherHeyfordTennisClub

Full facilities and location details can be found on our Nether Heyford Tennis Club page.

 

Nether Heyford Tennis Club – Summer Camp August 2019

Nether Heyford Tennis Club Summer Camp 2019

NetherHeyfordTennisSummerCamp2019

Mon, 19 Aug 2019 – Wed, 21 Aug 2019

10 am – 1 pm

Recommended for ages 4 to 15.

£15 per day, £40 per week

Book online: https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/NetherHeyfordTennisClub/Coaching/Camps

About the camp

Recommended for ages 4 to 15.

The weekly tennis camps follow a clear daily structure, focusing on the technical, tactical, physical side of tennis taught in a fun and engaging way. Children will be put into groups depending on age ability. All coaches are LTA qualified.

 

For further information on Nether Heyford Tennis Club – please find us on Facebook  or contact Jo on 01327 349094 Email: jodickson@btinternet.com

Website: clubspark.lta.org.uk/NetherHeyfordTennisClub

Full facilities and location details can be found on our Nether Heyford Tennis Club page.

 

Nether Heyford Tennis Club – June 2019

We are a friendly club that welcomes players of all ages and abilities.

Do you fancy trying Tennis or have you played before and are thinking of trying again ?

We have a number of social tennis sessions including:

  • Monday: Men’s evening 7pm to 9pm
  • Wednesday: Social Club Night – 7pm to 9pm – All ages and ability welcome
  • Friday:  Ladies morning 10am to 12pm
  • Sunday: Open “club level” tennis session

Coaching: Mondays for juniors / Saturday morning for adults

For further information – please find us on Facebook  or contact Jo on 01327 349094 Email: jodickson@btinternet.com

Website: clubspark.lta.org.uk/NetherHeyfordTennisClub

 

Full facilities and location details can be found on our Nether Heyford Tennis Club page.