Reach Out To Guilford Racquet & Swim Club
Are you interested in the ability to play racquet sports whenever you want? Do you need a trusted and fun summer camp for your kids? Consider joining our racquet club, Guilford Racquet & Swim Club, in Guilford, CT.
We accept members and their guests in the Guilford, Branford, Madison, New Haven area, East Haven, Clinton, Deep River, North Madison and Killingworth areas.
From pickleball to swimming, there’s something for everyone here. We encourage you to check us out and embrace the fun in fitness with us.
Meet Our Team
Assistant Tennis Pros:
Steve “Goati” Godiksen
Averi was born in New York and raised in Connecticut, where she played at GRSC as a junior player. Averi completed her undergraduate degree in Marketing, her Masters in Sports Management from South Connecticut State University and is a PTR-certified Adult and U10 tennis professional. She is the club’s social coordinator and lives in Madison with her husband, Justin.
Matt grew up in Guilford and has trained as a player at GRSC since the age of six. Both his parents are avid racquet players on both the tennis and pickleball courts. He competed in Division I for the College of The Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, earning his undergraduate degree in Economics in 2020. Having worked as an Assistant Tennis Pro at GRSC for years, including overseeing the Summer Park and Recreation, he is a natural fit to be on the GRSC team.
Melissa started playing at the age of six and has competed in tournaments in the Midwest, Florida, and abroad during her high school years. After attending the University of Colorado, she moved to Guilford in 1993 with her husband, Andrew, with whom she has two sons, Hayden and Harrison. Melissa has been teaching at the club since 2015 and is a PTR certified instructor for both youth and adult tennis.
Christian Appleman is a Guilford resident and the current head coach of the UConn men’s tennis team. He is also a former assistant coach for the Yale men’s tennis team and has coached tennis and basketball in Division I athletics for over 30 years. Both of his children are GHS graduates, and his wife is the head coach of the Yale women’s volleyball team. Having been a pool member at GRSC when his kids were young, it is a treat to have Christian back as part of the team.
Jen grew up in Simsbury, CT playing tennis since she was 6 years old. She continued her tennis career at Assumption University in Worcester, MA. Jen holds PTR certifications for 10 & Under, 11-17 and Adult Development. She loves meeting new people and creating positive experiences for everyone, on and off the court. When she’s not teaching tennis, she enjoys cooking, spending time with her niece and nephew and shooting pool.
Paddle & Pickleball:
Pam grew up in Massachusetts, one of nine kids. She lives in Guilford with her husband, Bill, where they raised three children; Kara, Kyle, and Ryan. Having always played and enjoyed sports, Pam has played paddle since the ‘80s and is still an active tennis and pickleball player at GRSC. She joined the desk in 2016 and has since led the organization in our growing paddle program.
Swimming & Camp:
Allison grew up in Arizona, and received a BS in Nutrition, Wellness and Psychology from SCSU. As a graduation gift to herself, she earned her 200 hour yoga certification at Kripalu. Shortly after, Allison met Ralph and had two amazing boys. She has been working in the Guilford school system since 2011 and absolutely loves it! Working as the GRSC Camp Director means Allison is surrounded by kids, and the terrific GRSC community, both of which bring her joy!
Jenn has always lived in Connecticut and is now raising her two children, Mia and Tyler in Guilford. Having graduated with a degree in exercise science and a Masters in Health Education from SCSU, Jenn has been a Phys Ed/Health teacher at Daniel Hand High School and actively coached swimming since 1999. In 2013, Jenn joined the GRSC team as the Pool Director and head swim coach, having received numerous accolades in her coaching career. When not teaching or coaching, Jenn is an avid gardener and loves her dogs!
Guilford Racquet & Swim Club
420 Church Street
Guilford, CT 06437
Racquet Sports & Strength Studio:
Mon - Fri : 6:30 AM - 10 PM
Sat: 8 AM - 10 PM
Sun: 7 AM - 9 PM
(Memorial Day - Labor Day)
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM*
*Abbreviated hours before mid June and after mid August