There are opportunities to play in organised group sessions throughout the week. These sessions are a great way to get to know other Club members. There is usually a small fee to cover the cost of balls (and refreshments).
Monday & Friday mornings
This group is open to players of all abilities willing to mix-in with the aim of ensuring sociable, competitive doubles. We meet twice weekly in almost all weathers – just come along and join us! The Clubroom is open for coffee all morning, providing a welcoming and friendly atmosphere both on and off the court. Play starts around 9:00am.
Monday afternoons – Improvers’ Practice
This session runs from 2 to 4pm and is open to everyone looking to improve their game. There is usually some informal coaching. The main format is doubles but sometimes there is a bit of singles too.
Tuesday morning – Match Play Coaching Courses
These courses are aimed at members who represent the Club in the Ladies’, Men’s, Mixed or Over-55 Teams. They would also be suitable for other members who wish to improve their match play for Club Championships or Box Leagues. Coach Candy Harrop focuses on many aspects of match play including court positioning, tactics and choosing the right shot to play. Attendees need to have a good standard of play to benefit from the course, as well as a good level of fitness – it’s full on from the start! Each session lasts for an hour and a half. Courses run for six weeks and cost £45. For more information or to sign up to the next course please contact Ladies’ Captain Ann Van Hoof on firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday evening – Club Night
This session offers an opportunity to play a series of short sets of tennis with other members and meet new faces. Club Night is oriented towards adults, but our more experienced juniors are welcome and all standards of players are encouraged to participate. The session runs between 5:30pm and 10pm, with most members turning up between 6pm and 8:30pm. The lower 2 courts can be floodlit. There is an automated e-mail sent every Monday evening, which includes the latest Met Office weather forecast, to the members who have asked to be added to the mail distribution list. Individuals then respond to everyone on the group email to say whether they are planning to attend and at what time.
Wednesday morning – Ladies’ Cardio Tennis
The Wednesday morning session is led by coach Neil Webb. It is fast-paced, involving the use of many balls and varied drills to help develop tennis skills and fitness levels. The one-hour Cardio Tennis session starts at 9:30am (except school holidays) and costs £10 for members.
Thursday morning – Men’s Team Tennis Mix-In
The Thursday morning session caters for players who enjoy a stronger and more competitive game … along with coffee and cakes! Play starts at 9:00am.
Thursday evening – Team Practice
The Thursday evening ‘Team Practice’ session provides the opportunity for stronger players to play challenging matches and improve their game – this is not a session for the faint-hearted! Play starts at 6:30pm.
The Sunday morning club mix-in offers another opportunity to play a series of short sets with other members. There is again an automated e-mail, with weather forecast, sent on Saturday morning to members on the mail distribution list. Individuals then respond to all to say whether they are planning to attend. The Sunday session runs from 10am to 12:30 and will always operate, subject to weather, unless there is a home club match (which we try to avoid scheduling in the summer).