Happy Family

We had a great time playing tennis on your lovely grass courts last week. It was such a wonderfully welcoming club and beautifully kept facilities. The manager/owner/coach Steve was so friendly, telling all about the impressive history of the club, from near closure to a national success! We hope to visit again next time we are in Cornwall (we are not local!). 

Best wishes, Safya, Maryam and the Saleem family

Perran Tennis hosts Schools Event

Perran Tennis hosted their annual inter primary school’s tournament last Friday afternoon. Teams from Mithian, Perranporth, Goonhavern and St Newlyn East competed in non-stop tennis for two and a half hours in very warm conditions. Each team consisted of three pairs, each pair played nine matches. Players were able to sample grass court tennis during Wimbledon fortnight!

Four players caught the eye – Archie from Mithian, Vince from Goonhavern, Barney from St Newlyn East and Gwen from Perranporth. Following the fifty-four matches played Perranporth were placed fourth with 130 points. The Runners-up slot was closely contested with Goonhavern eventually taking second place with 219 points to St Newlyn East’s 188 points. The eventual winners – Mithian were worthy winners accumulating a massive 324 points.

Medals were presented by Club President Dave Pell to the Mithian and Goonhavern teams.

The photograph shows the victorious Mithian squad with their winner’s medals. Left to right Will, Josh, Archie, Frazer, Zack and Jowan

Perran A v Perran B

Perran Tennis holds Gnasher’s Games and raises over £850

Last Saturday saw twelve teams of four ladies and girls take to the hard courts in glorious sunshine. The seventy-two players were supported by many spectators. Most teams came in fancy dress, a special mention to team “Fluffy Balls” as the most adventurously dressed four.

“Dennis” a four aside competition format invented by the ladies of Perran Tennis enabling the serving aspect to be removed with two players at the back rotating on the starts and two at the net.

The event raised £857.80 for “Children with Cancer” in the name of Caroline. Caroline the niece of two of our members underwent chemo and radio therapy both in the U.S.A. and in the U.K. Following five hours of tests the previous day Caroline travelled from Newcastle to attend the event and give out the medals and trophy. Her tests all proved clear.

Sixty-six matches were played in the round-robin phase with t-shirts being purchased for bonus points! Teams that played well, but did not make the last four were Double, Double Trouble, Damsels in Distress, Mini Minxes, Back to the Ace’ties, Nasty Gnashers, Fluffy Balls, Women in Black and the Tooty Fruities

Top Scorers Riversider’s faced fourth placed Boscawen Babes. The Riversider’s ran out winners by 10 to 4. Second placed 118 118 took on third placed Menaces. In a tight game 118 118 overcame Menaces by 10 points to 7.

The final was watched by a large crowd of spectators. A fascinating battle took place which eventually saw the Riversider’s take the “Dennis” trophy (donated by the Beano) by 10 points to 4.

The trophy, winner’s and runners-up medals were presented by Caroline assisted by Club President Dave Pell. Special thanks were given to Alison Luck for providing the lunch assisted by Janey Whatley and Joey Holmes. Club Coach Steve Luck presented Caroline with a Beano Annual signed by the Editor.



Perran Tennis welcomes L.T.A. President

Perran Tennis welcomed Martin Corrie, L.T.A. President on his visit to the Club as Southwest Regional winners of Highland Spring Club of the Year. Martin was accompanied by his wife Janet and county officials Hilary Webster, Malcolm Peters and Sue Eames. Peter Lampier, Club Chairman took the party on a tour of the Club. During the tour Club Coach and Development Officer Steve Luck described the history of the Club from its inception in 1896 to the present day.

Martin was interested to learn how the membership had in increased from under 30 members to 325 in six years and how the four projects were undertaken with the assistance of funding from Sport England, SITA Cornwall Trust, Cory, L.T.A. Southwest, Tennis Cornwall and Tesco. The Club through the involvement of key members has under gone a renaissance. Hard courts have been resurfaced, power has been brought to the Club allowing flood lit tennis for the first time. The 1914 pavilion has seen a refit internally and an external make over including a new roof. Following a vehicle smashing into the rear of the building a wooden barrier has been installed.

The latter part of the tour involved the viewing of the fourth project which was underway. Committee member Rob Pippin (Project Manager) explained how the levelling, drainage and reseeding of the grass courts was being undertaken.

As refreshments were served Martin keenly took photographs. In conclusion Peter Lampier presented the President with a photographic collage produced by committee member Jon Mallett to commemorate his visit.

In the photograph (left to right) Martin Corrie is seen receiving his memento from Peter Lampier in the same seat and position as past chairman Winston Graham sat decades ago.