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December 2017 Newsletter

This month has been so busy...

  • President's Ramble
  • Tennis News
  • Squash News
  • Important dates for your diary

President's Ramble

A belated but none-the-less very warm welcome to our new members! Hopefully you’ve managed to get some time on the tennis and/or squash courts. On 24 January 2018 we will be holding a new member evening at the club where you will be able to meet the club committee and two Head coaches, and find out more about how you can take advantage of our great facilities.

At the last Committee meeting, it was noted that our membership has remained strong, our finances are healthy, and our facilities are in great condition (apart from two tennis lights not working). So many people visiting our club have commented on how great everything is looking – it’s pleasing to see the work put in over the last few years is noticed by so many, and that our facilities are being looked after.

In the New Year we will start working on renewing our Strategic Plan and will provide member updates on our progress.

For those members who get to the club on bikes, it’s disappointing to note we’ve recently had a bike theft – please remember to lock your bike when you get to the club. In the New Year we will look at how to improve bike security for everyone.

Wimbledon cufflinks 

Lastly, at our club quiz night in September, Juliet Dewes very kindly donated some Wimbledon cufflinks and raffled them to help with club fundraising. A total of $520 was raised, with Ross and Julie Kingdom being the lucky raffle winners.

Some of these proceeds have been allocated to junior tennis and squash initiatives, however we will also be able to purchase a new bench seat for tennis court 3 in the new year.

Many thanks Juliet!


Lastly, on behalf of your Committee I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Xmas holiday break.

Tennis News

Saturday Morning tennis 

Our Saturday morning junior coaching programme this term has seen  huge numbers of kids attend. The term 4 programme finished on Saturday 9th with Geoff’s Santa morning again proving a highlight for the kids; 300 balloons of water were filled and thrown at the coaches, and Santa gave out a lot of presents!


And don’t forget, with Xmas fast approaching, Mark has some fantastic deals in the Pro Shop for those looking for a new racquets or tennis shoes.

The term 1 2018 junior Saturday tennis programme recommences on Saturday 3 February at 9.00 am.

We had planned to hold the Ray and Aly Adams Mixed Doubles tournament in November. However, due to several members having catch up interclub matches to play on Sundays, we’ve postponed the event until February next year.

Lastly, don’t forget Smash Tennis’ Xmas holiday programmes – just go to their website for details

Squash News

The Squash Auckland Excellence Awards were held last month and the club featured strongly:

  • Coach of the Year – Manu Yam (Belmont Park)
  • Young Sportsman of the Year (U21) – Matthew Lucente (Matthew won this last year)
  • Young Sportswoman of the Year (U21) – Natalie Sayes (Natalie also won this last year)

In addition to these awards, Manu has also been selected as the travelling coach for the NZ Junior Boys team going to the World Juniors in Chennai next July.

Also last month, the senior squash club championships were played. In the Women's final, Natalie Sayes defeated Jane Priddy, while in the Men's final, Matthew Lucente defeated Gabe Yam. Congratulations to our 2017 senior squash champions.

Lastly, don’t forget Manu’s Xmas holiday programmes – just go to his website for details

Important Dates

Belmont Park Racquets 2018 Summer/Autumn Calendar





New member welcome evening


24 Jan

An email invite will be sent early in the new year confirming date and time

Auckland Anniversary weekend


27-29 Jan

Monday afternoon junior interclub coaching begins again

Junior tennis interclub coaching starts


29 Jan

w/c 29/1, 5/2, 12/2, 19/2, 26/2, 5/3, 12/3, 19/3 (8 weeks)

Senior tennis interclub recommences


30 Jan

Mens 2 grade first to start playing in the New Year

Waitangi weekend


3-5 Feb

Saturday morning Monday afternoon coaching for juniors

Saturday morning tennis coaching starts


3 Feb

Sat 3/2, 10/2, 17/2, 24/2, 3/3, 10/3, 17/3, 24/3 (8 weeks)

Junior Tennis interclub starts


7 Feb

All junior interclub starts from 7 February

Ray & Aly Adams Spring MXD tournament


11 Feb


Junior Tennis interclub finishes


25 Mar

Junior Prem grades last to play before Easter

Junior tennis club champs


26-29 Mar


Easter Weekend


30 Mar - 1 Apr

No senior tennis interclub during Easter

Senior tennis club champs


From 2 Apr


Senior Tennis interclub finishes


14 Apr

Doubles 2, 4 and 6 grades last to play


And of course, a very big thanks to the following organisations who continue to give very generous support to the Club.

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