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Matchpoint – August
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Have you ever tried Mindfulness?

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Lower blood pressure

A dramatic reduction in levels of stress and anxiety

A greater acceptance of troublesome thoughts and emotions

Improvements to memory and concentration

An improved ability to fall to sleep at night

A general feeling of well being

A rise in productivity

Increased creativity

If you would be interested in attending a weekly mindfulness class at the club, please contact Michelle Moore.

Racquets

Singles Ladder

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Following on from the great entry in the singles club Championship why not join the singles ladder on myCourts?

If you’re not sure how just ask at reception or call Pedro or me.


Anyone who is on the ladder but doesn’t intend to play to please delete your name or contact Pedro or me to do it for you.

Arden Club Tennis Championship

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We had a good entry this year and we are well underway. We have designed each round so there are 3 weeks at least between each round to allow for holidays. So it is really important that you play your matches within the timescales. If you do fall behind we may have to declare forfeits in order to keep to the finals day on the 7th Sept.

Junior Tennis Camps

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Keep the juniors busy this year on our summer Tennis camps.

Find a class and book it here.

Or get in touch for extra info on camps: info@astartennis.co.uk

Annual Squash Court Maintenance

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The annual court maintenance has completed and the courts are now in good shape for another year’s play. Over the last couple of years we have had several occasions where the court floors have become badly marked by player with incorrect footwear. Please can all members ensure that they only wear shoes on court that are specifically non-marking for indoor court use in accordance with club rules. Also it is member’s responsibility to ensure that any guests they sign in comply with this rule. Many thanks.

Warwickshire Summer Squash and Racketball Leagues

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Warwickshire summer squash and racketball leagues are now into the last few matches and our 1st team are in 2nd position in L2.  The 2nd team is 3rd in L3 and our 3rd team are 3rd in Division 5.  Our racketball team are in the bottom half of their division.

Junior Squash Camps

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Summer Camps are running in August on the following dates:
Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd
Thursday 8th, Friday 9th
Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd

For more information and to book a place please contact Chris Ryder.

Squash and Racketball leagues July

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A reminder that the current Internal Club Squash League runs until 31st August and the next Racketball League will run from 1st August to 14th September.

Racketball club championships

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we have moved back the closing date for entries to 31st August to give all interested members more than enough time to register their entry. The knockout rounds will run from September to November with the finals scheduled for late November.

Padel Update July

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The club planning application to Solihull Council is progressing and we hope to receive a decision in early September.

Some funding applications are still in progress, we have received some smaller pledges for donations but await the outcome of the larger grant applications which we hope to hear about within the next month or two.
The fund-raising committee is in dialogue with Sport England again after the LTA formally recognised Padel Tennis as a sport.

The club is also in dialogue with the LTA regarding our Padel plans for the project.

Fitness & Health

New Pound Class

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From 1st August Chloe will be running an extra Pound class each week on a Thursday at 7pm.

Pound fitness is a full body work out, full of strengthening and toning. Throughout the class you will use lightly weighted drum sticks to torch calories and tone. With a mixture of Pilates, cardio and Gym based movements, this class is designed for any one, a range of ability and ages with the choice to modify any movements and to take it to your own individual level.

Come along a try the new class – £3.50 for members

Club news

Quiz Night – Friday 16th August

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Come and join us for our Member’s & Guests Quiz night on Friday 16th August. It’s is only £10 for a team of up to 6 Adults and you can register & pay over the bar.

The prize for the winning team will be £60 in Bar Vouchers.

Kelvin & Chris will be posing the questions once again and our bar staff will be on hand to serve you any refreshments throughout the evening.

This is an event where you can bring your own nibbles.

Please take your seats in the Function Room at 8pm and we will get underway soon afterwards.

Deano’s Cheese & Wine Tasting Evening – Friday 27th September

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Our new Cheese & Wine supremo Dean McLeod will be releasing details of his “top secret” Cheese & Wine night very soon. Your Bar Chairman has had some inside knowledge on the evening and you won’t want to miss this one!!
Please put this date in your diary for now folks as it promises to be one of the highlights of the year.
This event always sells out so watch out for the posters announcing that tickets are on sale and get in quick to secure your place.
You definitely can’t bring your own nibbles to this event – but all will be revealed soon
On a final note – a big thank you to Dixie Dean who has run our Cheese & Wine evenings for many years.

Children in Need Walk – Sunday 29th September

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Please put this date in your diary – Sunday September 29th. Everyone is welcome, distance is approximately 4 miles. More details to come.
Thank you
Chris Isaacs

Club Ethos and Culture

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As most if not all of our clubs members will know our ethos and culture as a club has always been one of welcoming, warmth and comradery.

It is these special qualities that have always been a major factor in the club’s spirit and heartbeat and one which is attractive to our members and those enquiring to become members.

Unfortunately we have recently received feedback from newly joined members that their experience has not lived up to these cherished standards which we are so proud to have at our club.

Whilst this is hopefully a couple of isolated events, it is a timely reminder of the importance we all share, of making new members at Solihull Arden feel welcome and integrated into the club.

It is vital for our sustainability and growth that we do all we can to sustain and hopefully increase our membership base, as such we all have a responsibility to maintain the excellent reputation of our wonderful club.

If you are interested in becoming a ‘buddy’ for any of our new members to help welcome them to the club whether this be the Tennis or Squash sections, please speak to Michelle who will be pleased to advise.

We thank you for your help and support

Local Planning Review – Update

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No further update since my report in last month’s newsletter other than to say that we expect to attend a further meeting to be called by SMBC which will be attended again by SMBC Planning Department and their appointed consultants Cushman & Wakefield (C&W), senior representatives of the Club’s Management Committee and Oakmoor.

This meeting follows on from the last meeting held on 13th June. We will of course update you with updates and progress.

Dates for your diary

16 August……….……….Quiz Night
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27 September Cheese and Wine Night
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29 SeptemberChildren in Need Walk