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Club Notes: Showcasing Our Facilities

Below is an article published last year in Local Press about our club..

Hillview Sports Club will open its doors on this Friday evening to encourage people in the town to avail of the outstanding sporting facilities that are available at the popular club.

There will be a two-hour introductory blitz to all the sports on offer including tennis, pitch and putt, badminton, table tennis and skittles, with coaches and equipment available to those who have never played the sports before as the club showcases the wonderful amenity that exists at Hillview.

“The facilities are fantastic, with so many sports catered for under the one roof. Basically the idea of the open evening is to encourage people to use them. We want to see what’s there to be used more,” said club president Seamus O’Doherty.

He said that the officers wanted people to know all about Hillview and that is why the open evening was being held.

“A lot of people don’t know about us, they might not know anybody that avails of all the facilities here so this is an opportunity for people to come along and see what is on offer.We would like to see as many as people as possible come up and get a taste of what all the different sports are like and have a bit of fun,” said Seamus.

From 7pm to 9pm on Friday night coaches for all the sports will be there to offer guidance and encouragement and officers at the club will be there to help with any enquiries about the wide range of membership options available.

“We want to get new members, young and old. The facilities are there and it would be great if they were being fully utilised,” he said.

In all of the sports absolute beginners and people at a very high competitive standard are catered for.

“All standards are accommodated, from the fun and recreational side of sport to the very serious side of competing at county, Munster and even All-Ireland level,” said the president.

At the moment activity on the tennis courts and pitch and putt course is at a high.

“There is a massive amount of tennis going on at the moment. We have put down two new courts at a cost of €45,000 and there is a lot of activity going on in terms of fun and events and serious competitions, with coaching for juveniles going from strength to strength,” said Michael Brunnock, tennis captain.

The very popular spring leagues and inter-firms competitions have just finished and the fun American Open night on Friday, which is geared for all standards and in particular those just starting off and wishing to get to know people, has just started.For more serious tennis players the Hillview open is starting on June 13th .

Teams from Hillview also take part in the South Tipperary Leagues and Munster leagues and another date to be kept in mind is 9th October for the start of the inaugural Hillview Veterans championships.

“There is a lot of interest in a new idea called cardio tennis which has just started at the club, which combines tennis with fitness and that is proving very popular at the moment” said the tennis captain.

He is delighted with the amount of work going on at the club for tennis with juveniles, and plenty of activity was organised for them.A new adult/juvenile event is being introduced and there was a very strong juvenile committee in place at the moment.

“Really the tennis is there for everybody of all levels from the international and provincial players to the beginners and those wishing to play tennis and meet people to enjoy the sport and have fun,” he said.

James Cleary is the pitch and putt captain and again the same applies in that sport.All levels are accommodated on the Hillview greens, which are among the best in the country.There is a very popular Tuesday night scramble held every week and coaching for juveniles will be starting in the summer.

One of the biggest events of the pitch and putt calendar, the Hilllview Scratch Cup, is on 28th June.

“The Hillview course is well up there in terms of standards .When it comes to hosting big competitions like All Irelands, Hillview is second on the list of most used venues in the country so that speaks volumes about the standard of the course,” said the pitch and putt captain.

The badminton season and table tennis seasons usually run from September to March, with the club just as busy during the winter months as it is during the summer.

The club has a very strong volunteer effort with up to 100 people involved in various activities. Apart from the organisation of the various sporting activities one of the most important responsibilities of the volunteers managing the club is fund raising .That involves organising lotto and bingo and these are supported by the membership and the general public in Clonmel.

The facilities at the club consist of a bar and social area which is open every night of the week for members and it also hosts the numerous social events that are held at the club throughout the year, including prize-giving ceremonies in all of the sports.

“We hope the open night is availed of.We want people to come up to Hillview, they don’t have to come with a member or know a member, just come up, don’t be shy about it, introduce themselves and give some of the sports a go, just to see is it for them,” said club president Seamus O’Doherty