The juniors have the exclusive
use of the courts on Saturday mornings for coaching sessions. Coaching takes
place all year round from 9:30 am. Children are allocated to groups based on
age and experience. They are given advice on entering appropriate tournaments
and are encouraged to compete with senior members to help them progress.
On achieving a suitable standard they may be invited to attend senior practices
and competitions. Junior club members have exclusive use of the courts from
9:30 - 12 noon on Sundays and are supervised by adults.
A summer school has been run by the Club since 1989. This consists of two five-day
courses run by LTA qualified coaches designed to meet the needs of beginners
and improvers aged 6-16 and prove to be very popular. The intensive course is
wide-ranging, giving every student the opportunity to excel. Instruction, demonstration
and fun games are supplemented by the use of video cameras, rebound nets, short
tennis equipment and targets. Courses conclude with a fun tournament, team games
and a barbecue, to which parents are welcome. Juniors are an integral part of
the Club and included in all playing and social activities where practical.
The committee organises
a number of social functions throughout the year including an Annual Dinner,
Quiz Nights, American Tournaments, Barbecues and Pizza evenings, and is always
open to new ideas! Members come to play tennis and relax, and therefore the
atmosphere is very friendly and informal. The licensed bar (for the use of
senior members only) helps everything to go with a swing.
The club hosts a number of
open and restricted tournaments that attract players from all over Essex and
beyond. These include Men's Open Singles, Men's Open Doubles, Ladies Open Doubles
and Junior Ratings tournaments.
There are also a number of Club competitions solely for the benefits of the
members which include Bank Holiday American tournaments, mixed competitions
and a Junior cup, which attract considerable support. Everyone is invited to
The Club currently enters
3 Men's, 3 Ladies, 4 Mixed & 2 Junior teams in the Halstead leagues and
a Men's team and 5 Junior teams in the Chelmsford leagues. Mixed teams are also
entered for the Halstead Winter leagues which run from September through to
March. Look here for Fixtures,
Results and League Tables
The league season runs
from early May to late July when the Summer Weekly Programme is typically
organised as follows (subject to weekly court availability):
Beginners & Improvers
League (some Sats)
are available to adult members and supervised junior members during
most weekdays and evenings. Balls are provided for Club Play and
The club has Rob Hardy as
its LTA Coach and he has a programme of coaching sessions for adults and juniors.
Membership is not required for coaching sessions. Rob is also available for
private lessons which are at a reduced rate for members. Call Rob on 07710 420
The Club has three floodlit artificial grass all weather courts for year round
use and four grass courts for summer use. Courts are available to members
at all times other than when coaching or matches are taking place (see Weekly
Programme section). Normally booking is not required.
The recently modernised clubhouse has a lounge, with committee room, licensed
bar and kitchen, together with changing rooms, toilets and showers. Provisions
have also been made for disabled access and a disabled toilet. Other social
facilities include a table tennis table, pool table and dartboard. A squash
court is also available to members free of charge.
The aim of the Club is to promote interest in the sport of tennis for all
ages through social play, coaching and competition. It is renowned for its
friendly family atmosphere in all aspects of Club life and hospitality to
visitors. It welcomes friends, visiting players, and new members and hopes
that they enjoy the club.