Sunday Social Xmas Report

The second of our Xmas jumper events attracted a nineteen strong field and with dry and fairly warm weather a very pleasant afternoon ensued. It was great to see new faces and juniors getting involved and there was plenty of competitive tennis on show played in an easy going atmosphere.

Competitors played three rounds with each consisting of four games with one partner and four with another to give eight per round and a possible twenty four maximum at stake overall.

Congratulations to Brain Thomas with a super 16 points to take runners up spot behind the very impressive winner Adrian Lobley who with 20 points was a class apart and a worthy winner

Xmas Jumper Event A Roaring Success

Despite the inclement weather on Friday the show went on and twenty four participants produced some great tennis with plenty of laughter and humour meaning the rain couldn’t dampen the Christmas spirits. The brainchild of new committee member Charlotte Todd and carried off with masterful precision with the unbelievably superb organisation skills of head coach Angela Crossley ensuring a really lively and entertaining evening throughout. Players competed in either four or five rounds of doubles during a twenty minute time period and round scores were added together during the evening to give an eventual top three. Jo Coverdale was on hand to assist with social distancing and members were able to comply with this during the evening. Some cracking outfits and jumpers on show and many thanks for those who took part this evening.

Congratulations to Arun Manoharan who took overall honours with an impressive 29 points followed by Adam Turner on 27 and Matt Smyth on 24.

Still a few places left for Sundays event so follow the link below to get involved.

Christmas Jumper Tennis Socials | Wetherby Tennis Club

Good Luck Tom

We say farewell to coach Tom Warburton today as he closes the chapter on a four year stay at Wetherby tennis club. Tom has made a significant impact at Castlegarth and his happy go lucky personality has been a breath of fresh air . He has contributed heavily to an ever increasing coaching programme, helping those of all levels and coaching adults as well as juniors plus overseeing many adult sessions and junior camps. He has played crucial roles assisting many league teams we run and will be sorely missed both on and off the court. It’s been a pleasure having you at the club Tom and we can’t thank you enough for your major contributions during your time with us. Tom is intending to take time out from tennis to go travelling around South America and we wish him well with that and his future plans.

Tom seen dressing up in costume ahead of various Xmas themed events today. The ladies group will certainly miss him around the club along with many others.

Winter Tennis – Lights and Lockup

As the nights have now drawn in, the floodlights are being used far more at the club. We have seen a few incidents recently, with the lights being left on and the club main gate left open. 

Please can you make sure that you switch off your floodlights once you have finished unless someone is playing after you! 

If you are last to leave – ensure all floodlights are switched off across all courts, the clubhouse door is locked and the gate is closed securely behind you. 

You will need a key if you intend to play in the evening to be able to access the clubhouse to switch the lights on and off. Please get in touch with Angela Crossley (07793718701) to arrange getting a key. A £5 deposit is required for every key. 

Many Thanks
Wetherby Castlegarth LTC

Christmas Jumper Tennis Socials

Christmas Jumper Social Tennis – Booking page live, book now, don’t miss out!

We invite our members to come along to one of our fun Annual Christmas Jumper Tennis Social’s led by our ACTC team! Book here

Wetherby Castlegarth LTC / Coaching (

Kids Christmas Party – Friday 18th December 5-6.30pm

· Tennis, games, prizes, and a whole lot of festive fun!

Adults Christmas Jumper Social – Friday 18th December 7-9pm & Sunday 20th December 2-4pm

· A fun Christmas themed mix in doubles tournament for all abilities with a mulled wine & social pit-stop!

There will be no charge for these events, but we request a little Xmas themed kit to get into the Xmas spirit!! (Tinsel on racket, Santa hat, Christmas Jumper etc). Friday 18th December is Tom Warberton’s last day coaching. Please join us to give him a fond, fun and festive farewell!

Placed limited due to COVID restrictions.

Important note: WTC organisers are taking additional precautions to run the social sessions in a COVID safe manner, whilst encouraging a fun and festive session. We will be taking additional safety measures to ensure the entire session operates in a socially distanced manner, adhering to the LTA guidelines both on and off the court. For any members wishing for further detail about how the how the session will run prior to the day, please contact Charlotte Todd 07805240132.

End Of An Era

The legend who is Peter Johnston called time on an eight year career serving on the committee today and he will be a great loss indeed. Peter has played a significant role overseeing a multitude of projects during his tenure and fittingly goes out on a high after assisting with the successful car parking and painting development. His will be big shoes to fill and all at Wetherby tennis club thank him for his considerable efforts. Peter is also stepping down from his voluntary work with North Yorkshire Railways but will still be seen around the club on court. He is keenly still enjoying social and coaching and hoping to force his way into Harry Full’s new York three mixed team next summer.

It’s been a pleasure having you on the committee Peter and we can’t thank you enough for all your great work during this time. Good luck with your retirement and keep enjoying your tennis sir.

Tennis Club Re-Opening

Further to full LTA guidance on Tier 3 re-opening we are able to confirm that from Friday 4th December, the Clubhouse will be open for access to toilets and floodlights only.

The LTA guidance also advises players not to travel into tier 3 areas to play tennis, unless this is necessary to enable individual exercise (or exercise for people from the same household or support bubble) . Where this is necessary, players should only travel a short distance.

You may well be aware that West Yorkshire is scheduled to enter Tier 3, the highest band of Covid restrictions from midnight tonight. Following LTA advice on how our Tennis Club can operate within the guidance set for this band of restrictions, we can confirm that the Tennis Club retains its status as an eligible activity, providing members follow the social distance mitigation procedures in place. This is a result of actions already taken in response to previous restriction requirements. This is good news, however we would like to take this opportunity to remind our members to:

  • Not go on court if feeling any COVID-19 related symptoms
  • Not socialise off court before and after play
  • Respect the one way system, and use hand gel to clean hands before and after play on entry and exit stations 
  • Only play social tennis of greater than 6 if the activity includes registration, and organised play. This is considered Organised Group Activity
  • Refrain from spectating at this time
  • Respect Tier Travel Restrictions

Our coaching activity has already been modified to meet LTA guidelines, and will also not be impacted further by the move to Tier 3. Our coaches are keen to see all members back on court so please get in touch with Angela and her team to resume coached activity.

Alongside all other LTA Clubs we are awaiting Full LTA Guidance documents to be made available, and our approach may change accordingly. Until further notice, the Clubhouse can only be accessed to switch floodlights on/off and members must sanitise before and after doing so. Until advised otherwise, the Clubs toilets will remain closed.

Please stay safe, respect HMG guidelines on Hands, Face, Space, and continue to enjoy your tennis.


Wetherby Castlegarth LTC

Tennis Club Closed

The Government has announced a new national lockdown for England between Thursday 5 November – Wednesday 2 December. Consequently, we can confirm that this will mean that tennis activity in England is not permitted during lockdown, as a result of the closure of all outdoor and indoor facilities. This means that Wetherby Tennis Club will be closed until further notice.

We share your disappointment, however as a Committee we will continue to keep you informed as this situation evolves, and will aim to work hard to prepare the Club for the recommencing of tennis at the earliest opportunity.

Thanks for your understanding.

WCTC Committee

Wetherby Tennis Club AGM

Wetherby Castlegarth Tennis club will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday November 25th at 7-30pm

As a result of Covid 19 restrictions we are unable to hold the normal AGM in the clubhouse, instead we are inviting members to join us via Zoom for a virtual AGM. Anyone wishing to participate in this virtual AGM should in the first instance contact our Club Secretary Mike Butterworth at

You will then be issued with the meeting Passcode and Password and all meeting documents will be emailed to you in advance. For those of you unfamiliar with Zoom this can be accessed via your phone or PC. This can be downloaded for free. (there is no need to sign up for a paid module)

This year we have two vacancies on the committee and invite any member to put themselves forward, in particular we are seeking someone who has skills to help us oversee our maintenance contractors.

Any member is able to propose resolution at the AGM, however the secretary must receive your proposal at least one week before the AGM and you must be available to present your proposal along with a seconder. The committee has one new proposals for 2021

· To enter a 4th Mens doubles team into the Leeds & District league. This team will consist of 4 men and home matches will be played at Wetherby at 6pm on Sundays. Proposer Mike Triffitt

· The club have made some minor modifications to the Club rules to bring them in line with current LTA policy. Proposer Mike Butterworth

The draft Agenda is as follows;

Wednesday November 25th 2020 at 19:30

1. Apologies for absence

2. Minutes of the last AGM held on the 20th November 2019

3. Matters arising

4. Chairman’s report

5. Treasurer’s report (Acceptance of Annual Club Accounts) & Subscriptions 2021

6. Match Secretary’s report & Teams to be entered for the 2021 season

7. Junior review & Coaching

8. Election of new committee members

9. Proposals

a. Mens 4th Team playing in the Leeds League

10. Health and Safety

11. A.O.B