Mere Talk 2018 – From Head Coach, Bart Smethurst

Next year is a special one for the club. It will be the 30th year I have been The Head Coach at The Mere and the 30th year for Tennis at The Mere as we know it. Let’s make it a special year and celebrate our fabulous sport.

Thank you to all the captains your hard work helps keep the tennis section thriving. The results are now in. The senior’s site is and the junior site is I hope to see you all out playing but if you are unsure what’s happening in the tennis section here is just a quick reminder…


Wednesday Nights – 7pm onwards

Social Tennis has really taken off over the last 6 months so if you want to throw the woolies on and join use we would love to see you out there. We have introduced a Curry Night every 6th week which is £11 for a curry and a drink. The next event will be taking place on 20th February 2019.


We have started a new group called ‘Rusty Rackets’ on a Monday night which has proved popular. If you have been wanting to start playing again please get in touch with me and I’ll let you know more.

On Thursday nights we have Team Practice night so if anyone is interested in playing team matches, this is the night.

Tuesdays Ladies Mornings      9.30am– 11. am Advance group

If anyone is a little nervous about joining any groups just call me on 07976694149 and we can arrange an individual lesson.


Thursday  5 pm – 6.30pm Performance Squad

Friday      4pm –5pm  Red Future Squad

Friday      5pm – 6.30pm Performance Squad

Players get selected to join all of the above squads from the academy.

Sunday Junior Academy

9am – 10.30am Full Tennis

10.30am – 11.45am Red, Orange and Green Group

11.45am – 1.15pm Full Tennis

All forms for the academy can be found at spa reception.

There are also individual lessons available.

The Camps were very successful this summer, I will be running them next year starting the middle of July 2019.


10am-2.30pm we play tennis and inside for games and a little lunch Costs only £30 plus £6 for the Mere lunch. Please book early so you’re not disappointed. Ages 4-17.


Wimbledon draw night

Wimbledon draw night went really well and I have to say is a lovely family event. I think some people enjoyed the fact I wasn’t able to talk! I’d like to say a massive thank you to my wife Alyson and my Girls Jessica and Olivia who ran the evening. Everyone who supported them thank you also.

Box leagues

I’m going to try this starting in March so if you are interested please let me know will be singles.

I would like to thank all parents and juniors for helping with the teams and also everyone who has represented the club in the leagues this year. We have had over 40 Junior matches this year and you have all done the club and yourselves proud. You have also proved a very important point and that is you can be well mannered and honest and still enjoy your sport.

The Seniors have had an interesting year with the Men’s 1st Team bouncing straight back into the Premier Division outstanding achievement guys. Our Ladies First Team have been relegated after losing a couple of players but looks a lot healthier for next year. Our Men’s 2nd also gained promotion and our Ladies 2nd’s stayed in their respective Division. Congratulations to all who have represented The Mere this year. All the results will be on the website which is

If you would like to play in a team please give me a call and I’m sure we could accommodate you, we’re always looking and need new players to keep the rest of us on our toes. Join us on Thursday evenings.

The winter teams are doing very well at the moment it’s the weather they are fighting. I hope to see everyone out there this winter. If you have any questions about the tennis section please call me, we all want the same goal – a thriving club.

If anybody would like to do any volunteer work within the tennis section, please call me as I am always needing help and support. We all want The Mere to be the best CLUB around and the more we work together the more we get done.

Thank you, for all your support to both myself and The Mere.

Bart Smethurst

Head Coach – 07976694149 or