If you happen on to this underused website page in 2019, then I’m afraid our spiritual home and base for 14 years of summer camps is no longer ours and Walsall Tennis Club (Birmingham Road) will be houses in the not too distant future.

However the show must go on, I am very much a mobile tennis coach now, with a huge van full of tricks being utilised at many community venues across Walsall all year through

I’m in charge of all park tennis sites, and will be hosting camps (much differently in set up) this year, predominantly at the wonderful Walsall Arboretum where we have superbly maintained grass courts suitable for mini tennis and touchtennis (you tube it) as well as full size courts. There will also be two mini 2 day camps at Pelsall Village, both sites are set up to be safe and shade, first aid, toilets and equipment are arranged at both sites.

The camps are far cheaper this year, and reflect the challenges of changing venues and the need for early online bookings only, so snap up the bargains while you can in my 15th year of Summer Camps.

WEEKS 1, 3, 4 and 6 at Walsall Arboretum and WEEKS 2 and 5 at Pelsall Village can all be viewed in one place via the link provided below.


Limited spaces only so don’t delay and tell your friends too.

https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/OnTheEdgeTennis/Coaching/Camps

Thanks for your continued support while we continue to look for a permanent site for a new tennis club.

Clayton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On The Edge Tennis Winter 2015/16 Schedule

Hi all please read on and mark the relevant dates in your diary, and enter or register interest for each event asap. Winter is a horrible time for tennis players and coaches, but I aim to keep us both busy this season, so it passes quickly into the Spring.

WEDNESDAY 14TH OCTOBER.

Mix In session League has STARTED for members.

Each Wednesday 6pm til 7:30pm until 23rd March 2016 ,   first 8 players to respond each week get to play. Each night you get organised into 3 x 25 minute timed sets under the floodlights, sudden deuce applies to keep games tally rolling. Players get 1 point for a win and ½ a point for a draw. A league table will be updated every week, with 2 prizes up for grabs. The main one being a win % table for the Salver currently held by Stewart Harris, and a title held by Satish Rajmanickam for most points won.  1 Singles is played also when only 6 attend.

£6 per week 07780 777774 to register interest.

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OCTOBER 16TH

FRIDAY JUNIOR NIGHT Continues Winter style 6pm-7pm (7:30pm latest pick up) £5 or £8 for two siblings, coaching includes how to play top class doubles, keep on playing throughout the winter, book with Clayton.

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STARTING 23RD OCTOBER   Adult Classes

THURSDAYS CARDIO TENNIS …. NEW TIME….. NOW 7PM -8PM 8 chances left to shed pounds before CHRISTMAS

FRIDAYS 7PM -8:30PM Drills and Games session all levels

MONDAYS 7PM – 8:30PM Drills, games for intermediates.

MONDAYS 8:30PM …. LADIES TEAM DOUBLES TACTICS

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HALLOWEEN HALF TERM TENNIS CAMP   Watch the video    >>    halloween camp video 

Monday 26th to Friday 30th October 1pm til 4pm (1pm start time only)

£5 per hour, £12 per day, £50 full week

Trick or Treat prizes all week, costumes/,masks welcomed.

SCARY OFFER 2nd siblings only are HALF PRICE.

Ages 5-15, skills, drills, games, tournaments.

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HALLOWEEN MIXED TROUBLES COMPETITION OVER 18′S ONLY

SUNDAY 1ST NOVEMBER UNDER THE EERY FLOODLIGHTS 5PM-7PM

12 PLAYERS ONLY, LOTS OF PARTNER SWAPPING,

FULL FANCY DRESS, SPOOKY MUSIC,

TRICK OR TREATS INCLUDE THIS ACE ONE…..

Serve an ACE both players take a chocolate TREAT, Be ACED and both players take a TRICK SHOT of (TEQUILA) (or blood red wine if driving) during the game.

PRIZE FOR BEST Costume, and Winners take home the remaining booze and chocolates.

Matches are timed, with the emphasis on some great social tennis.

ENTER NOW, £7 per entry, £12 per couple, all levels. Don’t forget your bats. I’ll drive home anyone who likes getting aced!!!!

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SUNDAY  8TH NOVEMBER

GUY FAWKES… BANGERS AND SMASH MIXED DOUBLES TOURNAMENT.

1pm start £8 per person, partners will be drawn randomly on the day, then FREE POINTS awarded to better handicap pairs, these FREE points are called BANGERS, shout BANGERS at any time to claim a free point or more if you have enough BANGERS left.  Prizes for the winners and runner’s up of the tournament.

Bangers and Mash (with onion gravy of course) will then be available to warm you up included in the entry fee, don’t worry GUYS, FAWKES will be provided too. Close competition promised with added tactical use of BANGERS could promise some fireworks in the final, all accompanied by some banging tunes.

Enter now 07780 777774

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SUNDAY    22ND NOVEMBER

OTET WINTER GRAND SLAM OF TENNIS HANDICAP SINGLES Starts    Relive Jacks VIDEO glory here >>  2015 ATP FINALS REVIEW VIDEO

AUSTRALIAN OPEN 1pm Start.   (Current holder D Richards)

JACK EVANS won the 3rd annual title and holds the shield off a even scratch handicap, but the defence starts here. Players are awarded either minus, even or plus handicaps for each match. Each match is first to 7 points, with players starting each one on their individual handicap appropriately picked by me. A knockout draw follows with best of 3 sets after initial group stage for the top 8 players.

There will be the following 4 GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENTS costing £8 to enter (or enter all 4 now for £28)

AUSTRALIAN OPEN 1PM Sunday November 22dd

FRENCH OPEN 1PM Sunday December 6th

WIMBLEDON 1PM Sunday January 10th

US OPEN 1PM Sunday February 7th

For Each Grand Slam the top 8 will receive RANKING POINTS as follows, Winner -16 2nd- 13 3rd- 10 4th-7 5th-5 6th-4 7th-3 8th-2 all other entrants will receive 1 point. Each Grand Slam will most likely consist of round robin matches then a knockout draw for top 8 on the day.

A RANKINGS Table will be kept over the 4 Grand Slam events and The TOP 8 point scorers will qualify for….

The ATP TOUR FINALS 1PM Sunday March 3RD

Quarters and semi’s best of 7 sets followed by the FINAL for £60 prize, best of 9 sets.

Each tournament will carry a small prize for winner and Certificates for Winners and Runners Up, obviously you don’t need to play every Grand Slam to Qualify for ATP finals, providing you get enough points from the events you do play! OK so this is for anyone, beginners, non-members or A team play.

Enter Australian now 07780 777774

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XMAS PRESENT PACKAGES.   Order by DEC 12TH to get personalised clothing in time for the big guy in the red suit!

CLOTHING NOW AVAILABLE…  Personalised in various colours with WTC Logo.

TEE SHIRTS JUNIOR/ADULT Add £3 for your name,  £12, PINK, ROYAL, RED AND BLACK

HOODY’S Unisex £25 Personalised ALL COLOURS inc ROYAL, NAVY, RED, GREY, BLACK

GILET’S Unisex £30 Personalised inc BLACK, RED, NAVY

SPECIAL OFFER One of each of the above with full printing, a private lesson and a group lessson. The perfect tennis fanatic gift £89

4  PRIVATE LESSONS with Free Hoody £88 (extra if floodlights needed)

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SUNDAY 6TH DECEMBER

FRENCH OPEN HANDICAP SINGLES 1PM Start (current holder D.Richards)

Not too late to enter and qualify for £60 prize, in the 2nd of the grand slams. £8 entry, Winner gets free entry into Wimbledon.

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SUNDAY 13TH DECEMBER

U11’s and U15’s JUNIOR SINGLES CHRISTMAS TOURNAMENTS.

£6 Entry Free selection box for each player, lots of prizes and certificates too.

UNDER 11’s is 12pm start and UNDER 15’s is 2pm start. £10 for both. Round robin groups then knockout. Xmas Tunes and Santa hats can be worn.

07780 777774 to enter.

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SUNDAY 20TH DECEMBER

Now in the 7th year, the most anticipated and most fun social tournament of the On The Edge Tennis calendar, THE TURKEY AND TENNIS MIXED DOUBLES TOURNAMENT!!

Rules

You can pick your own Mixed Doubles partner or I will find you one

Each match will be fair, as weaker pairs will have TURKEYS to use at any point in each game.

A TURKEY is a free point, some pairs may have multiple to claim at start, middle or end of games, the best pairs will have ZERO TURKEYS, this tournament needs switched on brains to use your TURKEYS efficiently and the most tactically!

There will be a large group of Round Robin (should be called Tubby Turkey I suppose) matches then a Knockout tournament to decide the multiple Tennis prizes on offer!

Then most importantly there will be fabulous HOT Turkey and Stuffing Sandwiches, Mince Pies and Hot Mulled Wine to enjoy whilst participants watch the final!

Santa Hats are a must and Christmas Music will be audible from the courts!

£8 Entry confirm partner to 07780 777774 or I can find you one.

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MONDAY 21st,  TUESDAY 22nd AND WEDNESDAY 23rd  DECEMBER

DROP AND SHOP XMAS TENNIS CAMP 12PM – 3PM

Last chance to get the kids out the way, who will be having a sackful of fun at tennis camp, while you grab those last minute gifts and finalise all preparations. You’re welcome! £15 each day or £30  for three days, open to 6-16yrs.

 

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EVE CAMP THURSDAY 10-12PM £12…. VERY LAST CHANCE to secretly prepare for tomorrow, pre book only.

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MONDAY 28TH DECEMBER

FAMILY CARDIO TENNIS 5TH BIRTHDAY, BURN 700 CALS and dump any unwanted chocolate for me to donate to Acorn Children’s hospice.

SPECIAL £2 Session at 4PM to keep you sane between xmas and new year crazy eating habits. Ready for  January Fitness Frenzies.         

NEXT CARDIO is January 7TH at 7PM.

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SUNDAY 3RD JANUARY

NEW YEAR TOUCH TENNIS TOURNAMENT 1pm til 2:30pm

Open to Adults and Juniors, where ability differences are massively hidden on the tiny courts, power not allowed. Can you go 90 minutes non stop AND drop a couple of unwanted party pounds. BRING ANY UNWANTED XMAS CHOCOLATE and I’ll take it to the Acorn’s Children’s Hospital, start the year as you mean to go on.

Winner gets £20 and Trophy, £6 Entry. TOUCH TENNIS rules…

  • Played with slower, softer balls to aid rallies
  • Played on tiny court, we will use the service box, just one.
  • Touch shots only, No hard shots or smashes allowed, just skilful well placed volleys, lobs, slices, spin shots
  • Each point starts by a player dropping ball off net cord by hand onto opponents side of net, and the point develops from there, then normal tennis rules apply.
  • Each match is timed, the player leading ie 6-4 advances to next higher court and player losing moves down one court, if tied a deciding point is played!

This tournament is a great leveller, taking speed and power out of peoples play and relies on tactics and sharp reactions and of course a good touch, but absolutely promotes lots of rallies and tactics! So what are the Tournament rules?

  • You are going to get an amazing workout with a fun and competitive edge to it, no breaks?
  • Up to 24 players can enter and will compete on 12 mini courts, 1-12 with 1 being the top court and 12 being the bottom court!
  • Players will randomly pick their starting court by picking a court number out of a hat on arrival.
  • Each match will last 3 minutes to music, when music stops, players immediately move up or down one court and start next match against a new competitor, If you win on court 1 you remain on court 1. If you lose on court 12 you remain on court 12.
  • 90 minutes using 3 minute games means 30 rounds to get as high as you can, a gruelling marathon.
  • WINNER of 30th round on court 1, wins Trophy PLUS £20 cash prize.

Call 07780 777774 to book place now, this will be popular.

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SUNDAY  10TH JANUARY

WIMBLEDON GRAND SLAM HANDICAP SINGLES 1PM Start (Current holder G. Marlow)

£8 entry, can you climb up the Rankings to qualify for ATP Finals?

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SUNDAY 7TH FEBRUARY

U.S. OPEN GRAND SLAM HANDICAP SINGLES 1PM Start (Current holder M Richards)

£8 entry, last chance to qualify for ATP Finals and £60 prize.

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SUNDAY 3RD MARCH

ATP FINALS HANDICAP SINGLES 1PM Start  Can Jack Evans retain his crown as Number 1)

Open only to the top 8 ranking point earners, Quarters 1st v 8th, 4th v 5th , 3rd v 6th, 2nd v 7th, 1st to 4 sets, followed by semi’s and Final for Shield and £60.

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More details to come as we get nearer to some events.

HAPPY WINTER

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Guys

Just a quick catch up on as our  6 week summer camp comes to an end and our Autumn term begins this week as the kids return back to to school (‘thank goodness’ i hear you sigh). Please have a quick look below, and register your interest for each session by text 07780 777774 or email on clayton@ontheedgetennis.co.uk.  Thanks to everyone who has enjoyed attending our summer camp, we hope to see you continue with our weekly sessions.

 

 

 

  • EXTRA CAMP Today (Friday 29/8) is our last official camp of the 6 weeks holidays, BUT we will be doing this Monday September 1st 12-5pm as I don’t know anyone who’s back at school yet.  If I get enough confirmed interest I will put on a Tuesday 2nd camp too (but maybe a 3 hour one)! Let me know!

 

  • MONDAY MURRAY’S …   4:30pm at WTC New extra class for the 4-9 year olds. Please book now, it’s pay as you go at £5 per week. STARTS Monday 8th September if we have enough interest.

 

  • WEDNESDAY WINNERS…  4:30pm at WTC This class resumes Wednesday 3rd September and is suitable for ages 5-10 £5 per week. This will go ahead for the rest of the year under lights when needed.

 

  • THURSDAY THUMPERS…  4:30pm NEW TIME, at LITTLE ASTON TC on Clay, this class resumes at earlier time Thursday 4th September to allow for no floodlights (will move to WTC in November). Ages 4-10, new players welcome. £5

 

  • FRIDAY FEDERER’S…  4:30pm at WTC new group for the stronger, more competitive kids ages 8-13. Please register your interest for this one £5

 

  • SATURDAY SMASHERS… at WTC stays the same all sessions remain £4
  • 9am under 9′s mini tennis
  • 10am transition tennis ages 8-12
  • 11am Teen Tennis full court ages 11-16

TEENAGE GIRLS…. not wanting to play with the boys… Come join the LADIES ONLY BEGINNERS CLASS MONDAYS 8:30pm- 9:30pm £6

PARENTS…. Cardio Tennis returns every TUESDAY and THURSDAY 7:30pm Fitness class with balls, best way to learn, have fun and get fit.

 

So please give me a text or email back with your preferred sessions this Autumn, so I can keep you in the loop.

Enjoy your BACK TO SCHOOL everyone.

Clayton

 

Hey Guys

I’m really excited to announce….. On The Edge Tennis will be represented at a few more venues from this Summer onwards.

None more so than taking on a club development coaching role at LITTLE ASTON TENNIS CLUB, rear of the Parish hall, Little Aston Lane. Just 3 minutes from Aldridge, LATC is a beautiful club needing a small coaching programme and a new Junior section being created. Along with a few more adult members to further bolster the mix in sessions and strengthen the teams. I can’t wait to get started at this 3 clay (shale) court club with a small but fully functional, quaint clubhouse with all the amenities you could need. It’s a fantastic opportunity to further spread the good work made at Walsall TC and to offer another exciting surface to clients.

Cardio Tennis sessions will be starting in May at Fairlawns hotel in Aldridge and private tennis lessons can be offered to their guests and fitness members on yet another surface (hard) in another beautiful setting on their 2 tennis courts.

Family cardio tennis sessions will also start in May at Walsall Arboretum offering another fitness alternative to the popular Park Run on Saturday Mornings at 9am, a children’s session will hopefully follow at 10am also in a bid to further grow the game.

Also at Oak Park leisure centre on Thursdays at 10am and Fridays at 5pm (indoors sweat fest) there will also be cardio tennis sessions available for Walsall wood and the surrounding area’s residents.

Just waiting with fingers crossed, that my investment into making a clone of myself pays off, it’s going to be one very busy summer!!

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