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Some words of wisdom from out-going Chairman - Mr Huw Williams:

To Members and Friends of the Club,

 

“The time has come,” the walrus said,

“To talk of many things.

Of shoes – and ships – and sealing wax,

Of cabbages and kings...”

Following that quotation, I hope you won’t think of me as Lewis Carroll’s Walrus. Whatever, there are a few points that I wish to make, none of which has anything to do with those in the verse above.

As “the time has come”, this is probably the last missive I shall send to members as chairman of Rhondda Tennis Club. That role will end at midnight on the 31st March, yes, tomorrow night. I feel there are some things I would like to say to Club members before the committee elected at the Annual General Meeting on 16th March officially assumes office as from 1st April.

First of all, I wish to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been associated with the Club over recent years and especially since I have been Chairman. I am deliberately not going to name individuals but I’m sure members will know to whom I’m alluding. In the first instance, there are members of the committee who have given lots of time and effort whilst managing the many aspects of Club business and ensuring that the Club has made good progress and stayed on an even keel. Much of the essential work goes un-noticed and takes time and thought. Then there’s the management of the Club’s finances which requires a person in whom we have the utmost confidence, one who is organised, meticulous and has a head for figures.  In addition, there are the practical contributions such as painting, tiling, cleaning, cutting brambles and clearing weeds around the courts.

Thanks to the team captains for what can sometimes appear to be a thankless task, trying to assemble a team. It can take a lot of time, sending unanswered texts and many phone calls.

Thanks to the Club Tournament organisers. In recent years, the tournament has once again become an established and welcome feature of the summer programme. It has resulted in disappointment for some aspiring champions and success for some who perhaps hadn’t expected to achieve that honour. I can only say, “Well done,” to those who have emerged as champions. As for the rest of us, join in the congratulations and keep on practising in the hope that things will get better! If only, say I, on a purely personal note of course. As for those who have the ambition to become champions, there’s always the coaching programme which may be the key to lifting the coveted trophy. I don’t say that lightly for as you all know, some of our recent, young champions are the product of years of coaching at the Club.

Whilst I’m on that topic, the Club continues to offer coaching all year round for all ages. This year sees a new departure. Coaching will be offered by the Diamond Tennis Academy coaching team headed by Sena Tengey. Some of you have already met Sena and those of you who have taken part in his sessions have spoken very highly of him. It is no secret that if the Club is to have a future, it needs a successful coaching programme which attracts newcomers to the Club and develops their game, all in a hard working, yet happy environment. I can only urge you to give the programme as much support as possible and to try to attract as many new members, of all ages, to the Club. We can’t all be a Roger Federer nor a Venus or Serena Williams. Nevertheless, tennis is an healthy, energetic sport, which despite its competitiveness is usually played in an excellent spirit. Wherever I’ve played over the years, I’ve always enjoyed its friendly, yet competitive, atmosphere. May such an atmosphere continue at Rhondda Tennis Club, and remain welcoming to all.

For those of you who were unable to attend the AGM or who haven’t looked at the Club website, Membership Fees remain the same as last year and the year before that and .... The Membership Year starts on 1st April. There will be a discount for those who pay before 30th April, 2010! Please try to pay promptly. If there’s a problem, please speak to one of the committee.

Before signing off, I can only pass on my best wishes to the incoming committee for the work that lies ahead. I have every confidence that they will work well as a team. However, I can only stress how important it is that every member tries to lend a helping hand in whichever way they can. The Club House doesn’t look after itself. The rubbish that accumulates doesn’t clear itself away, whether on court, the Club compound or in the Clubhouse. The weeds and grass around the courts don’t disappear of their own accord. I’ll use the words of our Patron Saint David, “Remember the little things – Cofiwch y pethau bychain.” Each of us needs to consider the tiny ways in which we can give a helping hand. The Club House shouldn’t need “Seven maids with seven mops to sweep it for half a year,” but we might need the odd Carpenter or even an electrician – though Lewis Carroll didn’t mention one of them. If we all lend a hand, it should auger well for the future.

It only remains for me to extend my best wishes to the Club and all its members for the coming years. No one would be happier than I to see the teams progressing to the higher divisions and the development of fresh, young talent.

If you notice that I’ve inadvertently left someone off the mailing list, please forward.

 

Kindest regards,

Huw Williams

30th March, 2010

 

    


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