Originally posted by Sirdubalot
Tried ringing both the numbers on the website several times and left messages, and tried the email address too, unfortunately no replies.
I tried, thanks for your help.
You don't teach do you by any chance
Sorry - I have only just noticed this. I've been away and not looked here for a few days.
Tut, tut, first impressions and all that...who knows how many others have been put off by negative experiences such as yours.
Like most players I give lessons when I win and take them when I lose. There is an opportunity to learn something from every game whatever the result but there comes a time when the motivation to do so reduces. These lessons are reviewed and embedded in the solo analysis sessions at home, in the quiet, afterwards - but only if you bother. The quality and subtlety of what you discover in these sessions deepens as your skill improves.
Personally I believe you learn quickest at a club, when the primal instincts of trying to workout if your opponent is trying to knock your head off, strangle you, or kick you in the unmentionables so to speak, may heighten your senses more than pixels on a website. Discussing it afterwards helps too.
I have helped out informally at our club a little bit with some juniors and other novice players but I now have quite restricted hearing (which happened suddenly) and thus such things are not so easy nowadays.
I will see if I can drum up a useable contact for you. I am unlikely to play St Albans myself this year due to other commitments.