It’s the last Friday of the month, it’s Quiz Night again. Join us for another super night of quiz questions to set the mind whirring and emotions stirring as you debate the possible answers with your teammates. All welcome to join us, doors open at 8.00pm with questions sheets immediately available to work on - other questions follow from 9.00pm. It’s just £2.00pp to enter including free food. Cash prizes for our winners!


The times and dates of our February half-term Holiday Camps have now been published and can be booked online. We are offering whole day (9.00am to 3.00pm) camps for U10’s on Thursday, 21st February and for U18’s on Friday, 22nd February. Each camp costs just £22 for the full day for non-members, with member discounts available.

The Camps are a great way to get some intensive tennis training while enjoying a relaxed day with friends - and give Mum and Dad a break too! There’s always the chance of some mulit-sports play too - table tennis, basketball, netball, etc. Boo now to ensure your place at http://shotleytennis.co.uk/holiday-coaching/


Join us for our Burns Night special quiz next Friday, 25th January. We’re not promising there will be Burns-related questions (it’s not that easy!) but there will be plenty of Burns fun - and haggis neeps and tatties for all to enjoy on the night. All this for just £2.00pp to include the food. Cash prizes for the winners, a fully-stocked bar and a good time assured for all. All welcome - hope to see you there. Doors open at 8.00pm, questions begin before 9.00pm.

New Coaching Programme launched for Jan - Feb 2019

Our new Coaching Programme for the 6-week half-term from 8th January to 16th February is now online to view and book at the Coaching Programme page on the Club website.

Sessions run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on Saturday mornings and cover all ages and abilities from Tots Tennis through to Adult Advanced.

CardioTennis and Adult Beginner sessions run every Thursday. Junior sessions from mini red to Junior squad run on both Tuesdays and Saturdays, covering ages from 5 to 18 years.

Check out the website for full details and booking. All courses are delivered by the Club’s Head Coach David Esther, an LTA Accredited+ Level 3 coach with tremendous experience of coaching at all levels, and the sessions are very competitively priced.

XMAS Holiday Camps

Head Coach David Esther will be running two holiday camps over the Christmas break and they can be booked online now. On Thursday, 3rd January there will be an U10’s Camp and on Friday 4th January an U18 Camp. Both will run from 9.00am to 3.00pm.

Book now to ensure your child has a place for the day. The cost is just £22 for the day, with member discount available.

QUIZ NIGHT - Friday 30th November from 8.00pm

Come and pit your wits against our Quizmaster at our monthly Quiz Night. Just £2.00pp to enter, incl pizza and nibbles. Always a challenging quiz to test your knowledge and ability across a wide range of tests. Bring family and friends with you - non-members always welcome! We have a fully stocked bar to help lubricate the mind too!

New Coaching Programme announced

The full Tennis Coaching Programme up to Christmas is now available to book online here. And uniquely at S&BTC our Air Dome means you can book ahead in the certainty that all sessions will go ahead, come rain, wind or snow. The programme has been extended again to handle growing numbers and includes dedicated sessions for:


Tots Tennis - Mini Red - Mini Orange - U14 - U18


Beginners - Improvers - Advanced - Team - Cardio

And individual coaching sessions can also be arranged - call David Esther on 07769 184579 or at davidesther84@hotmail.co.uk

October Half-Term Tennis Camps announced

October Half term Tennis Camps are here!!!! U11 Camps will be on Monday and Tuesday, 22nd - 23rd October and U18 Camps will be Wednesday and Thursday, 24th - 25th October.

All equipment is provided so all your kids will need is sports wear and a packed lunch. All sessions will be expertly delivered by our Head Coach David Esther, who is a Level 3 LTA Accredited Coach.

The Camps will run from 9.00am until 3.00pm every day, and the cost is just £22 per day or £40 for both days.

Book early to secure your place.

For U11 click HERE

For U18 click HERE

If you have any questions, contact David on 07769 184579


A new, free 6 week Adult Beginner Tennis Coaching programme starts up on Thursday, 4th October at 7.00pm at the Tennis Club on Benfield Close, Shotley Bridge, DH8 0RH. It will be very popular, so please pre-register as soon as possible at Free Coaching.

Designed for new players and those who have played a little or many years ago, the coaching will take place indoors in the Club’s Air Dome, fully protected from the weather. The course is led by our LTA Accredited Head Coach and will teach the basics of the game and give all participants the confidence to carry on hitting and improving their tennis. Racquets and balls can be provided free of charge, so a clean pair of trainers is all that’s needed.

All welcome to join in and learn to play and enjoy a great sport that provides exercise and fitness for all ages from 4 to 84!


The deadline is approaching for entering this year's Club Championship. Entries close at midnight on Sunday 2nd September - enter on the entry sheets on the Noticeboard, or email the Club or phone Tony if you want to enter. There will be both Senior and Junior Championships, running through September with a Finals Day for all competitions on Sunday, 7th October.

Categories are: Mens and Ladies Singles, Mens and Ladies Doubles, Mixed Doubles - or course, Juniors can also enter these competitions. There is also a Family Doubles competition - any two family members can enter, the matches will be handicapped to ensure a level playing field for all. 

Entries for the Junior Championships are being gathered directly by our Head Coach, David Esther and will cover all age groups from U8 upwards. Players must be |Club members to take part.

There will be a Presentation Night in November to award trophies to all our Champions and our Junior Runners-Up.

New Coaching Programme announced - book now!

The Club's full programme of courses is now set up online and ready for booking. The programme begins on 4th September and runs for 7 weeks. It follows the traditional model with Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings for the majority of courses, with Thursday now offering new Cardio Tennis and Adult beginners courses. Also new is a Tots Tennis session at 9.00am on Saturday mornings. And of course with our Air Dome indoor court, all sessions are guaranteed to take place whatever the weather!

The full timetable  can be found at the Club website. Booking should be done online using the appropriate link at http://shotleytennis.co.uk/coaching-1/ , which will also offer you to a payment option. As ever, Club members enjoy a full 25% discount on all coaching charges, so if you haven’t yet done it, now is the time to sign up as a member.

All courses will be run by our new Head Coach David Esther. David is an LTA Level 3 Accredited Coach and has great experience of offering coaching to all ages and abilities all the way through to performance players, as well as playing at the highest levels himself. In addition to the fixed courses, David offers individual coaching sessions for all from beginner to County standard – contact him directly on 07769 184579 or at davidesther84@hotmail.co.uk for more information.


We are delighted to announce the appointment of David Esther as our new Head Coach. David brings tremendous experience of running successful coaching programmes for all ages and abilities and we are looking forward to working with him to build a really strong programme. 

As well as delivering our regular weekly schedule of sessions for Mini Red, Orange, Green, Junior, Adult and Cardio, David will be introducing performance-group sessions and providing individual tuition for members. David will also be taking tennis out into the Community by delivering coaching in schools and working with Sport Works in providing a special programme of activities for disabled young people in the local area.

Our usual schedule of coaching on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings will resume with the next school term in early September, but in the meantime if you would like to continue through the holidays David is running 'Play and Pay' coaching sessions for Minis, Juniors and Adults at a cost of £5.00 per session on:

Thursdays at 7.00pm for Adults

Saturdays at 10.00am for Under 10's

Saturdays at 11.00am for Over 10's

No need to pre-register for these - just come along. They will run from 2nd August to 1st September.

Summer BBQ, Live Music, Strawberries & Pimms

It's a busy time of year at the Club so clear your diaries and make sure you join us for these great events:

Saturday, 7th July - from 4.30pm till late, it's our annual Summer Barbecue, a lovely time to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family around the barbecue while the kids play on the Bouncy Castle and other kit we have planned for the day. We're hoping to make this year's event a special occasion to mark our 125th Anniversary so please get your tickets booked as soon as possible. They are £8.00 for adults and £5 for U10's to include all food and entertainment, including Karaoke in the Clubhouse later on - and of course World Cup football for all those who can't tear themselves away. The bar will be open all day, with real ale as well as the usual full range of drinks 

A week later, Saturday 14th July sees the return of the STAX Brothers to the Club - a fantastic band playing the great classic soul, r&b and pop classics of the past 50 years. ALways a great hit, so get your dancing shoes on - just £5.00pp and as ever, we will have real ale and a music quiz to challenge you too.

The following day is Men's Singles Finals Day at Wimbledon and we will again be open with Strawberries & Cream and Pimms to mark the occasion while we enjoy the match as well as getting some social tennis in ourselves. All are welcome to join us - a lovely way to spend a summer's afternoon with friends watching one of the great occasions of the sporting calendar.

So make a note in your diaries, and we hope to see you at the Club. 

Ladies-only free 6 week coaching programme

There are still a few places left on the adult Ladies-only programme that starts up for 6 weekly sessions at 2.30pm on Saturday, 9th June. Intended for new players and those thinking of returning to tennis, the course will provide top quality instruction on the basics of the game coupled with good fun and great exercise. Racquets and balls are provided - all you need to bring is a pair of trainers...and a smile!

If you want to join in, please ensure you pre-register as places are limited to ensure high quality coaching and personal attention. 


We're delighted to again be able to offer free 6 week adult coaching courses specifically designed for adults who are newcomers to the sport and those who may have played years ago and would like to come back. The programme has been generously supported by Project Genesis Trust and Seniors Tennis GB, and numbers are limited to 10 max per course so pre-registration is essential.

The Over 35's course begins on Tuesday, 5th June for one hour from 8.00pm and you can register here.

The Ladies Only course begins on Saturday, 9th June for one hour from 2.30pm and you can register here.

Racquets, balls etc can be provided so all you need is a pair of trainers. For further information, call Sam on 07493 032229.


All are welcome to come along to the Club on Saturday 12th or Sunday 13th May for a packed day of tennis activity - free for everyone. On Saturday we open at 10.00am and you can test yourself against our ball machine, join in mini, junior, adult or cardio coaching, join a Rusty Racquets group or just enjoy some free play with friends and family. On Sunday we open at 12.30pm and offer free play for you, friends and family until 4.30pm.

We recommend you pre-register to make sure you can take part in the events that interest you. And on the day we have some great deals on offer - cheap membership packages for individuals and families, free 6-week adult and ladies-only coaching programmes, kids coaching and holiday camps. 

QUIZ NIGHT - FRIDAY, 27th APRIL from 8.00pm

Yes, it's that time of the month again with our Quiz Night on Friday, 27th April open to members and non-members alike. Come along from 8.00pm (questions start at 9.00pm) for a fun night of challenges to the mind, body and soul. This month's questions are set by Joan Dilley so expect something a little different - but no less challenging!

Cost is just £2.00pp to include food, and cash prizes for the winners. And the bar is open all night so all boxes are ticked. Hope to see you there.

Easter Holiday Coaching Programme - all-day sessions for Juniors

Our holiday camps run every week of the holidays at Shotley & Benfieldside Tennis Club. Every Wednesday for under 10's and every Friday for 10 - 18's at a cost of just £20 for the day. 

We welcome all levels and abilities and guarantee that every child leaves having learnt new skills and always with a smile on their face. The days are packed with games, drills, tennis technique, match preparation, fun tournaments, trick shots and team games. All this and also a chance to improve your LTA rating if you wish to do so.

On our courses we offer early drop off and late collection so you can plan your day around your work! Check out the Holiday Coaching page at our website for full details and online booking.