I have been a Platinum member of Southdown Sports Club, playing tennis, for over 5 years. I joined the Tennis Committee soon after joining and became Tennis Chair the following year. I was predominantly a badminton player playing for the Surrey Vets, but in recent years have enjoyed playing more tennis.
I am passionate about the club and my ambition, as our mission statement suggests, is to ensure we provide a first-class tennis facility for all ages and skill levels, with a focus on offering a friendly environment for competitive and/or social tennis, where enjoyment of the game is enhanced through skilled coaching to encourage junior and adult development for all members in a safe, friendly and supportive club environment.
We have been Platinum family members of the SDC for nearly 20 years and during that time we have hugely enjoyed using a broad range of facilities and we have also made many special friends. As a member of the tennis committee, I hope to be able to represent the views of the wide membership group and in so doing help to support and contribute to the success of the club into the future.
A Platinum member of Southdown Sports Club since 2019. I joined the Tennis Committee in 2020. After a few years off the court due to injury, I decided to dust off the rackets and start hitting some balls again – I’ve not looked back and try to make as much time for the club (both its courts and the bar) as possible!
The club was a significant factor in rediscovering my enthusiasm for a sport that I played so much as a junior but had drifted away from. The friendliness and good standard of play have made it the perfect place to rekindle my relationship with my racket. In fact, I enjoy being part of the club so much I joined the committee to hopefully give back a little to a club that’s given me so much.
I’ve been a member of the club since I started playing in fact tennis (late starter) and a member of the committee for about 4 years. Whilst on the committee I arranged several quizzes and organised a tennis holiday to Portugal. I’m on the committee to help communicate with members and contribute to the running of the club.
I’m retired now but when I was working I I was a teacher at secondary school, project manager, IT manager at several large corporations and owner of a business producing smoked foods. I was also an elected member on Lewes District council and sat on both planning and finance committees.
I have been a member of the Southdown Club since October 2016. I played competitive tennis at the club as a junior and after a few years out, I re-joined when I was 36. I was able to get back into my tennis with the help of one of the coaches. In a matter of weeks, with lots of opportunities to play, I made many new invaluable connections and friendships both on and off the court. I now play for the ladies teams and this has increased my confidence and enhanced my competitiveness and ability.
I organise a Friday morning social tennis session at the Club. This is open to players of any standard and ability. I have received positive feedback from these sessions which has brought players together and I have seen connections and friendships develop and players improve on the court.
I was pleased to be asked to be a member of the committee, allowing me to work with others, striving for improvement and development. The committee work tirelessly, continually seeking improvements.
I feel honoured to be a valued member of the club and encourage anyone seeking personal fitness goals and progression to join! The club’s cafe, is a wonderful place to relax, socialise, and is highly recommended.