Overview for Prospective Members
So you are considering joining a Tennis Club! You could be a beginner or a competitive Interclub player. Either way, finding out which club is best for you can be tricky. Just being the closest one may not be the best answer.
The purpose of this section is to try and help you decide if Koru is right for you. Of course we are a little biased: this is our club and we love it!......but the purpose of this overview is to give you an honest insight to what our club is really like.
One of the first things people notice is that we have the cheapest subs in the area. We maintain that by running the club entirely on volunteers who strive to minimize cost to members. Our partnership with the council also minimises costs such as rates and we obtain grants where possible for major works.
We have fantastic facilities: quality floodlights (2008 new) and court surface (all new 2012) so there is no compromise on quality, just great value.
We have 5 courts, which is a good number (compared to our overall membership) so they reasonably easy to access compared to some other clubs.
We have a strong interclub presence with one of the highest ratios of interclub players per the membership and good representation including many open grades and up to Ferrier Cup for doubles.
We strive to maintain a well-balanced club so that appropriate competition is available for the varying needs i.e. singles or doubles tennis, including men’s and women’s combines at varying skill levels. To that end we currently welcome any proposals including recruitment of whole teams or individuals.
Our club days are better supported than most: we still run 2 senior club days throughout the winter and that basically means there are organized games for all skill levels throughout the whole year. This is during the day on the weekend and under the lights on Wednesday evening. Not all clubs in the area have court lighting at all let alone of the standard we enjoy.
Our Junior membership is structured with qualified coaches running programmes, albeit on a smaller scale than some other nearby clubs. This means our young ones tend to have a more friendly fun experience in a family orientated environment and receive a little more personal attention (versus some of the other clubs with larger numbers of juniors involved). Interclub competition is available once the kids have reached the level of being able to serve and rally.
We have a strong Vets Membership, with well-attended club days for them On Tuesday and Friday mornings.
Overall we consider ourselves a very social lot: we will regularly have more people sitting on the deck than on the court, enjoying a chat or what have you and that is certainly a strong feature of Koru: It is something that probably sets us apart more than anything else. If you just want to turn up and play tennis you can do that but most of our members enjoy the social aspect as well.
So, if you are after a club that has a strong social element, opportunities for competitive tennis and great value then we may be just the ticket. Come along to one of our club days and see for yourself.
The info pack gives you a lot more detail so you may also find that useful in understanding what makes Koru tick and whether or not that is right for you.
Best wishes for your Tennis!
As the Nike folks would say: Just Do It!
Kind Regards from the Koru Tennis Management Committee