The Avenue is run by a dedicated team of Committee members and staff, as a not for profit members club, our small team of paid staff are supported by voluntary committee members.
Additional support is always welcome and if you are willing to help the club in any way please Contact Us.
Covering two periods I have supported this fantastic Club as Chairman for a total of 7 years and I now help the enthusiastic committees as President.
My aim is to support the active committees, the terrific staff, the happy members, and this jewel of a Club.
I am a retired junior schoolteacher and want to see our juniors build and thrive in squash and tennis.
My greatest achievement since becoming Chairman has to have been finding Ashley Neaves and lately Zoe Shardlow.
The club has provided many opportunities for myself and my family during those nearly 40 years and I want to put something back in.
I am very keen to see our Development proposals progress, to enhance our already lively and successful club and enable it to reach its potential.
The Avenue is a great Club for sport and social activities, and I want to help it to continue to run smoothly, develop further and remain known as a place where all are welcomed.
Assistant Honorary Secretary
I would like to widen participation in all of our sports and activities, and to help in developing the club to support this aim. I’ve played in many clubs over a lifetime of tennis – but there is really nothing better than a sunny summer Saturday afternoon of social tennis and banter on the beautiful Avenue grass!
I aim to bring a clear commercial focus and energy to some of the strategic and tactical goals that the Club has set itself. But importantly, my ambition is to serve members by managing the Club’s finances prudently, creating a simplified framework of financial reporting for the next Treasurer to build on.
I spent my whole career in the Ministry of Defence (Navy) retiring in 2006. A Naval Architect by profession, with additional experience in Engineering, Project Management, Procurement, Business Improvement and Safety Management.
In June 2012 I was appointed Tennis Secretary and soon after joined the Management Committee.
I chaired the Development Committee from August 2013 to September 2014 and headed discussions with Havant Borough Council to join Havant Hockey and relocate to a new site in Emsworth. This proposal came to an end when 71% of Avenue club members voted against it.
I also chaired the Development Committee from December 2016 to April 2017, which recommended a two-storey extension at the front of the clubhouse; however, this was not taken forward.
In 2017 I was part of selection committee for the appointment of the Club’s new Head Tennis Coach.
I have been the Tournament Director for ITF Seniors and LTA County Week tournaments.
I have written several papers aimed at improving the Club’s operation including:
a. The Avenue LTS&FC Strategic Review – February 2015.
b. Marketing at The Avenue – October 2016.
My desire is to see the Club improve its sports and social facilities for the benefit of all members.
Fitness and wellbeing have been a long-standing passion of mine, and I am keen to ensure the continued growth and success of the Gym and Fitness section at The Avenue. I am a regular attendee of several different classes each week and also help in the gym on a voluntary basis. I’d like to see the section go from strength to strength and eventually one day have a Fitness Studio/Multi-purpose function room, and an extended gym.
Please come and see me and share your ideas for our club with regards to improvements that we can make small and big.
From 1983 to 1992 I had various part time jobs – marketing for a local builder; selling new / re-sale properties locally and in Spain; organising and running hospitality events / conferences for various organisations all over the world and assisting in promoting Barcelona as an International Conference Venue.
In 1992 I started working permanently for the Cheltenham and Gloucester Building Society customer services until retirement in 2006.
From 2005 – 2008 I was a member of Lord Mayor of Portsmouth’s fund-raising committee.
I re-joined the Club sometime after as a tennis member and have been involved with organising social events and marketing.
I have also regularly been a Tournament Host for the ITF Seniors and LTA County Week tournaments.
I am currently the Social representative on the Management Committee.
To improve the Club, I would like to see the bar / social area upgraded and extended to attract more new members and boost income.
Assistant Honorary Treasurer
I have played tennis off and on for the past 67 years, having started as a family member at Greenford Tennis Club. Since then I have almost continuously played either tennis or squash, when family commitments allowed.
At my last club, Hale Gardens LTC, I was Treasurer for a number of years.
I look forward to assisting the Club Treasurer in his duties and trust that my work experience in banking, accounting and IT will be of benefit to the club.
I have been connected to the club for over 20 years joining with my husband Grahame when we moved to Havant from Chichester in 1999.
Whilst running my business, in 2010 the opportunity came up in the Avenue office to work one day a week, relishing the opportunity to try my hand at something new I applied for the position and was successful. Although I was used to the administrative side of running a business, I was keen to hone my office skills and took myself to college to gain Microsoft qualifications. Over the course of the next 2 years I increased my office hours and in October 2012 I was promoted to Office Manager.
Alongside my position at The Avenue I continued with my outside catering business and also catered for big club events such as County week and club parties until 2017 when after over 30 years in the catering industry I decided to hang up my apron!
My work at the club is very varied In September this year I will celebrate 10 years working at the Avenue and there really could be no better place to work than looking out over our beautiful grass courts on a daily basis.
My spare time is busy, i have 3 grandchildren who keep me on my toes! i play tennis although not as often as I would like, and I like to keep fit walking, running & enjoying the fitness classes at the club, Grahame and I love to travel with a particular love of Asia.
I took a break in my career to have my 2 children but continued to High Jump. After getting an injury I had to stop, so decided to combine my interest in sport and restart my career and trained as Fitness Instructor in 1992, which fitted in well with my growing family. I went on to teach various classes, including Step and Boxercise, in the local area for the next 17 years.
In 2009, an opportunity presented itself to teach fitness classes at The Avenue, first teaching Legs, Bums and Tums and then Spinning. After 3 years I got offered the job as Office Assistant and really love working in the office, with Justine, and I think we make a great team. The role has grown over the years and more recently I have taken on the role of Studio Co-Ordinator and overseeing the social media aspects of the Club.
During my spare time I enjoy cooking, photography and spending time with my friends and family where I have 2 small grandchildren to keep me busy.
Book Keeper/Bar Manager
I began my working career at The Sussex Brewery, Emsworth in 1985, working my way through the ranks from Chief Washer Up to General Manager before leaving to raise my family in 1996.
When the pub changed hands in 2012, I was made redundant, but as luck would have it, The Avenue were looking for a new Finance Assistant at this time and I was the successful candidate.
As the Finance Assistants job is a solitary one, when a member of staff retired, i took the opportunity to became one of the club’s bar associates to enable me to meet the members and get back to my roots behind the bar, and when the Bar Manager position became available a year later, it was a natural step for me to fill the role.
More recently, I have dipped my toe into the world of tennis, receiving lessons from Ashley and his team, but my two Border Collie’s take up most of her spare time with long walks and training for local Agility competitions.
The one thing i enjoy more than anything else is organising a good party, so if you have something to celebrate, give me a call!
Please contact us to find out more about what the club has to offer and our membership packages.
023 9248 2750
The Avenue LTS&FC, Southleigh Rd, Havant, PO9 2RS
Office Opening Hours
Mon - 08:30-16:30 • Tue - 08:30-12:30 • Wed - 08:30-16:30 • Thu - 08:30-12:30 • Fri - 08:30-16:30 • Sat - 08:30-12:30