Floodlighting Redevelopment Work Status update

Floodlighting Redevelopment Work Status update


At the end of March this year during the unusually high gales Woodend experienced an incident where one of our floodlighting columns blew over. Luckily there was no one hurt or injured and the only damage that resulted from this incident was a slightly dented run off area on the tennis courts.

Subsequent to this unfortunate incident with expert advise the club has decided to carry out an upgrade to the floodlighting system which will involve removal of columns that were originally installed in the late 1970s (14 columns in total being removed) and the installation of 9 new columns. The number of floodlight columns will be reduced by removing the central court columns. All new cabling and floodlight units will be installed and as technology has advanced , even in the 7 or so years since we last replaced the floodlight units, we will achieve the necessary court illumination using just four lamps per court. In addition the spill-over of light from the new floodlights onto the surrounding non playing areas (gardens, pathways, lanes etc) will be greatly reduced, which we hope will benefit everyone in the surrounding areas.

The work for removal of existing columns and replacement with new columns and lights will start on Monday 31st August 2015 and will involve extensive civil engineering plant and groundworks. Works are expected to take approximately 4-5 weeks to complete. The Contractors working will, if all goes according to schedule, be limited to 5 days a week and we will advise if there is any change to this.

There will be unavoidably severe disruption to all our tennis, for which there is no alternative. Inevitably there will also be some noise and disruption but as we hope you will agree, it is a necessary requirement from a Health and Safety perspective and we believe the end result will be an improved floodlighting system with reduced light pollution.

Outline programme of works

-No floodlighting will be available and Courts 3,4 & 5 will be off limits from Monday 31st August 2015.

-Only Courts 1 & 2 will be available from Monday 31st August 2015 for a period of 2 weeks or so. Thereafter, Courts 3,4 & 5 will be available and Courts 1 & 2 will be off limits.

-Work is planned to be completed before the beginning of October 2015.

Court Priority

With initially only two courts being playable (Courts 1& 2 from this Monday), Chris Chapman’s Club Tennis coaching sessions will have priority. Please consult the Website Calendar WWW.WoodendBLTC.CO.UK for full details and timings of coaching. Please note that Club Championship matches do not have priority over other matches.

For further information keep checking this website.


Safety of everyone using the Woodend facilities is paramount. We request that Parents and Guardians supervise Junior members when on the grounds and request that all members are aware of the requirement to keep away from redevelopment works, plant and equipment.

Court Booking

The court booking system will be in place and used, with a limit of 1 hour on all matches, if players are waiting to play.

For your information and reference: Sunset times are as follows:

31st August          20:15 hrs so play after 7.45-8pm will be problematic

7th September    19:57 hrs so play after 7.30-7.45pm will be problematic

14th September   19:38 hrs so play after 7.10-7.30pm will be problematic

21st September 19:20 hrs so play after 7pm will be problematic

28th September 19:01 hrs so play after 6.45pm will be problematic

We urge Members if at all possible to play their games during the day.

Adults will have priority over Juniors and Intermediates from 6pm each weekday night. We urge players playing late afternoon/early evening to play doubles tennis where possible. Also please play at the weekends during the day, again if possible.

Bar Times

Throughout the floodlighting redevelopment normal bar times will be maintained. Why not come along and see the floodlighting progress for yourselves and use the bar facilities?

In advance of the works starting we thank you for your patience in this matter and please, if you have any further questions, comments or suggestions as to how we can better execute this vital piece of work, please do not hesitate to contact either Miles Baigent (Miles.Baigent@Sky.Com) or another member of the Tennis Committee.


(Woodend Tennis Committee)