BGBTC Members Profiles
Meet some BGBTC Members
Amelia and Geoff: My husband and I joined BGBTC 12 years ago as tennis members. Over the years he has moved to bowls and I have remained an active tennis member as well as the club’s Social Secretary.
My husband plays indoor bowls during the winter on our upstairs three rink indoor facility and I play in the tennis mixed winter league on our floodlit courts. In the summer the bowls season starts mid April on our superbly maintained six rink green and I am the joint captain for the ladies Tennis team playing in the Middlesex East Summer league.
I organize with the help of the social committee various events during the year from Quiz nights to BBQ’s, from Race Nights to New Yea’s Eve Party.
We joined the club to get to know people in the area and now feel part of the community.
Our courts are in good shape, our clubhouse is great for a drink and our fellow members are friendly and welcoming. Surely there can be nothing nicer on a warm summers evening that to play tennis and then have a cold drink sitting on the terrace watching the bowlers on the green….perfect!
Sue Jelley (Tennis Secretary) I’ve been playing tennis at Bounds Green for about 18 years. I joined because it was local and the people were friendly.
Since then I’ve gained a whole new social life based on the many friends I’ve made. So apart from the tennis – playing in matches and club sessions and getting tickets for Wimbledon, I’ve also enjoyed many hours of chatting, drinking, dancing, partying – and a few trips away!
Chan: 10+ lost years. Although I moved in 1998, I joined BGBTC 4 years ago. I live about 35 yards from the entrance! I was a member at a much bigger club 3 to 4 miles away and thought it would be difficult to make the break because I had a lot of friends/playing partners. BGBTC is a great club. Excellent facilities, friendly and very good value. Have made many new friends and have got involved in various things – organising the annual club tournament, captain of mixed vet team, and have played for the men’s team for the last 6 years. Besides the tennis, I am now in my 5th season of competitive table-tennis for the club (after a break of 30+ years). I use the snooker room (2 tables) quite frequently and enjoy many social events (quiz/barn dance/rock & roll/gourmet meal/parties etc. etc.) I often ask myself – why did I not join the day I moved into my current house?
Jane: I first discovered BGTC when I was eight months pregnant – almost twenty years ago ! I returned two years later – first having lessons, then playing socially and competitively. I’ve had my ups and downs with the game but it has remained one of my passions. I have found the club welcoming and it has provided me with a sense of community in the local area. Apart from tennis I have enjoyed many social functions there. PS The ‘ bump’ plays too !
Katie: I joined BGBTC about 12 years ago now, I don’t know what took me so long as, like Chan, I’d lived in the area for 5 years previously. I play regularly and have improved my game a lot since I first joined. I’m very proud to say I was runner up in the club tournament in 2012, I’ve come a long way! The club is very friendly and incredible value too, I use it as my way to keep fit, as an enjoyable hobby and a way of making friends in the area. It’s especially good if you work from home like me, and can play at odd times in the week.
Mike Cocks (Country Member) I have been playing regularly at Bounds Green since the summer of 2011 (having taken up the cause with David Lloyd back in 1988) and can vouch for the genuine friendly feel to this club. I try and get down most weeks despite my living in North Wales and as a result consider myself very fortunate to be a member. These day’s I am categorised as a ‘veteran’ but have taken a keen interest in the Tennis Ladder which is organised by Nat and gives me a chance to meet some new members and enjoy a high standard of tennis, helping me to improve my game.
I find that it is nice after a game to have a drink in the bar and get to chat properly with my opponent of the evening, or maybe enjoy a frame or two of snooker. There are so many other activities going on at the club including table tennis and of course the indoor and outdoor bowls which I hope to try one day. I am also hoping to try and entice a few of the members to North Wales for holiday breaks and a chance to experience the guesthouse I am establishing. If you get a chance check out my webpage https://www.churchillhouse.net
Steve: I’ve been a member for many years (10+) but it took me sometime after moving to Bounds Green to try it out. I now captain the 2nd team, all of whom get on really well and are great friends. I really enjoy the matches and we have a regular team practice on Tuesdays as well. This is very well attended and several new members have joined in this year. I love the informality of the club, that it is easy to get a game and the friendliness and enthusiasm of the members.
Maria: When I immigrated from Switzerland to London in 1998 I was looking for a tennis club. It took me 2 years to find BGBTC, although I just used to live around the corner.
Since then I’ve been a member of this club and still enjoy playing tennis here. I’ve found many good friends and the social events are always funny and very enjoyable too. I definitely will stay a member of this club until my emigration back to Austria, probably in 3 years time”.