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.
I’ve been a member of the Club since 2001 and was previously the Tennis Chair.
In a previous life I worked in the steel industry in finance for 39 years but am retired now and spend a lot of my time playing tennis.
I enjoy watching rugby, Manchester United, drinking Harveys, Vimto and red wine
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.
I moved to Lewes in the second half of 2021 and quickly discovered the impressive Southdown Sports Club. Joining the club has been important to me, I’ve met some lovely people who have helped my wife and I integrate and settle into Lewes life and feel privileged to have found somewhere that really feels like home so quickly.
In my youth I played tennis at a reasonable club level but then fell out of love with the game for 30 something years. Of course, I now regret not picking up a racket sooner but like to think with the guidance of the coaches and the high standard of play at the club, some of my earlier skills will return. Whether the body allows me to fulfil that aspiration, that’s another thing.
I am pleased to volunteer my time to the tennis committee, if nothing else I will bring enthusiasm to the role hoping to enhance everyone’s experience at the club.
Feel free to come and say hi to me in the clubhouse bar, mine’s a pint….
I sit on the committee as the courts and grounds representative. I play for the mens 3rds and 4ths despite a very dodgy volleying technique. Other passions include cycling, the gym and propping up the bar. The social side of tennis is as important as the playing so let’s ensure the Southdown Club is a fun place to be on and off court.