It’s four in a row for Knowle & Dorridge Racquets Club, which has clinched the 2019/20 Warwickshire Men’s Veteran’s League – with one match still to play!

We’re delighted to report that our client services director James Shelley once again played a key role in the club’s success. Alongside club captain Alistair Clark, managing director of AC Lloyd Homes, James was a regular in the A team, which has posted 11 wins and two draws in its 13 matches to date.

Knowle and Dorridge Racquets Club has secured an unassailable lead in the Division 1 title race following a 3-1 win in a recent match against Edgbaston Priory Club. Since the final match of the series is yet to be scheduled, the club is likely to end the season with even more points.

The Warwickshire Men’s Veterans League is open to tennis players aged 45 and over. At the close of the 2019/20 season Nuneaton Lawn Tennis Club, Leamington Tennis & Squash Club, Four Oaks Tennis Club, Knowle & Dorridge Racquets Club, Beechwood Lawn Tennis Club, Stratford-on-Avon Lawn Tennis Club and Edgbaston Priory Club will have played 56 fixtures.

Knowle & Dorridge Racquets Club is keen to continue its winning streak, which now stretches back to the 2016/17 season. This latest victory underlines how the club has reinforced its teams with quality players committed to improving their skills, having previously laid claim to the Warwickshire Men’s Veterans League Division 1 crown between 2009 and 2012.


We’re delighted to report that senior quantity surveyor/project manager Gerard Belfield is boarding another dog to support its training with Guide Dogs for the Blind.

It’s been 10 months since Gerard got involved with the charity, which is dedicated to helping partially sighted and blind people to lead more independent lives.

After successfully completing the requisite training himself, Gerard helps to socialise the animals and conduct some basic obedience training with them. During the day, whilst he is at work, the trainee guide dog undergoes training with the charity’s official trainers.

Currently, Gerard is looking after a German Shepherd/Labrador mix puppy called Ripley.  The two have been together for just over a week and Gerard reports that Ripley is well behaved but likes to bark!

The first animal to move in with Gerard, a Golden Retriever named Lacy, went on to take up a new role working for a partially sighted individual. Golden Retriever/Labrador cross Gucci came next, and having progressed to the second stage of her advanced training she is well on the road to hopefully becoming a fully-fledged guide dog.

Congratulations to Knowle & Dorridge Racquets Club which, with a little help from our own James Shelley, will be playing in Men’s Division 1 of the Coventry & District Lawn Tennis League next year.

James, along with Club captain, Alistair Clark Managing Director of AC Lloyd Homes, are members of an improving team, which ended the 2019 season as runner up in Men’s Division 2. It was enough to secure automatic promotion to Division 1 for 2020.

During a busy five months between April and August there were home and away fixtures against David Lloyd Club Coventry, Warwick Boat Club, Nuneaton Lawn Tennis Club, Hampton in Arden Tennis Club, Coventry & North Warwickshire Sports Club, Beechwood Lawn Tennis Club and Ardencote Manor Tennis Club. Knowle & Dorridge Racquets Club lost only one tie during its entire campaign to finish a single point behind Nuneaton.

The Knowle club is also hoping to continue its run of success in the Men’s Winter League. The A team of over-45 players got their 2019/20 season off to an excellent start, taking victory in their opening tie in Division 1 of the Warwickshire Men’s Veteran League. The Club has an enviable track record in this League, having won its third Division 1 title in a row in 2018/19.

James is also a member of Streetly Tennis Club, which faced tough opposition from tennis clubs based in Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Edgbaston, Knowle & Dorridge and Moseley in Division 2 of the Birmingham Area League. A concerted effort saw Streetly Tennis Club finish the 2019 season in a highly respectable fourth place.

Finally, James has enjoyed a good season representing Warwickshire’s over-50s in the 2019 Seniors’ Inter-County Championships. Warwickshire played five matches, posting victories against Devon, Gloucestershire and County Durham, and finished third in Men’s Division 1.

Well done to James, and Alistair, on these fine achievements and good luck to them and Knowle & Dorridge Racquets Club’s veterans for the 2019/20 season.