Access & Court Utilisation

Access

A keyless fob is required for access to the club grounds and clubhouse.  In addition a code is required for the front door shutters.  You will be given the code upon joining as a member.  Please contact a member of the committee if you are unsure how to use the fob or operate the shutters.

Please also note that Junior members’ fobs can only operate the main gate for access to courts.  Adult members can access the toilets.  In addition, and on a trial basis, adult members can request access to the main clubhouse (store room, sitting room and kitchen) by contacting Jane Welman.  For other situations, the clubhouse is generally open during club nights and periods of coaching.

Courts

Courts are generally available during the daytime*.  In the evenings, with the exception of Club Night (Wednesdays) and when home matches are scheduled to take place, the Club endeavours to ensure that a court is available for booking.  Court utilisation is generally as follows:

Day Event/Time Details No of Courts
Mondays Men’s Night

7pm

Ideal for experienced players who want to be involved in matches and/or play a more competitive game. 2 or 3

Pre-booked

Tuesdays Ladies’ Night

7pm

For ladies who want a social game of tennis. 2 or 3

Pre-booked

Wednesdays Club Night

7pm

Social tennis for players of reasonable ability*.  The normal format is to play rubbers of 7 games with different partners for each rubber (couples who wish to play together throughout may do so if they prefer).  For a trial period, when 8 or 16 players are in attendance, a revised format will involve winning pairs moving up and rubbers set for 20 mins’ duration.   Although centred around adults, junior members may participate provided they meet the required standard. 4

Pre-booked

Thursdays R2R

4pm

Group Coaching 3
Fridays      
Saturdays 8 am

R2R – 9am

Cardio Tennis

Group Coaching

2
Sundays Tournaments See Calendar of Events 4

*R2R runs special courses during half-term breaks requiring the use of more than 1 court simultaneously by agreement with the committee.

**If in doubt, please contact a member of the R2R coaching team with a view to attending a rusty racquets or adult improves course first.

Matches are generally held during weekdays (except Wednesdays) from 7pm and occasionally on Sundays from 10am.  Two pre-booked courts are required.

Booking Online

In accordance with Covid requirements, it is essential that courts are pre-booked before commencing play.  Courts can be booked by logging on to the LTA ClubSpark website at https://auth.clubspark.uk/account/signin  New members will be sent an invitation to open an account when joining the club.  Please contact the webmaster if any difficulties are encountered.

 Court Lighting

Each court is separately controlled by a token-operated control panel on the veranda.  Each token lasts 30 minutes.  Members may purchase tokens for £2 each or 6 for £10.  They are kept in a jam jar on the kitchen counter and sold on an ‘honesty’ basis.  The kitchen is open to adult members by request and on a Wednesday evenings and at other times when coaches, captains or committee members are present.  Please get in touch with Jane Welman (membership secretary) if the tokens have run out.

Each pair of courts has a red/blue warning beacon mounted on the centre column, which illuminates to warn players on court that the token meter will expire in five minutes.  This gives adequate time to put in more tokens as required.  When the timer expires on the lights for either court, one lamp will remain on for 10 minutes to allow players safe exit from the court.

IF THE LIGHTS GO OUT THERE IS A 10 MINUTE DELAY BEFORE THEY WILL RE-LIGHT.

As a reminder, in order not to cause problems for the club’s neighbours, the lights are to be switched off at 2130hrs unless in the middle of a competitive league match; however, the lights will switch off automatically at the curfew time of 2200hrs.  Please remember to select the lights to the off position with the key at the control panel otherwise they will come back on again the following day!

Guests

Juniors under the age of 16 are not allowed to bring guests to the club.  Members are reminded to sign in guests on the sheet on the noticeboard by the veranda before play commences.  This can be done by each member up to 5 times a year at the reasonable sum of only £5 per court, billed at the end of the financial year.  (From time to time, the Club offers the use of 1 free court per year for existing members who renew their subscription by the due date.)