Spring/Summer Coaching Programme announced

The new programme for the next half-term has been announced and can be found on the Coaching Programme page of the Club website. Book online at http://shotleytennis.co.uk/coaching-1 to secure your place on the programme - demand is growing all the time, even as the programme expands.

Our Head Coach (and reigning Northumberland Open Singles Champion) David Esther continues to broaden the range of sessions available, with a new Mini-Red session added to Tuesday’s programme following the roll-out of coaching to many local primary schools and several ‘off-programme’ development squads now running for our most promising Juniors.

The programme has something to offer all ages and abilities - from Tots on Saturday mornings to Cardio and Adult sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Shotley & Benfieldside Tennis Club came out ahead after an epic battle of exhilarating tennis against Boldon Tennis Club, securing a tight victory by just 2 games after drawing 4 sets all. The Final was played in great spirit, and could have gone either way, until Lisa Shaw and Sam Stokoe held on for a 6:4 win in the final set to add to the set won earlier by Lindsay Brown and David Esther. David and Sam took 2 sets in the first round. Congratulations to Boldon too for their superb tennis and a magnificent effort.

The North East Winter League is contested from October to April between 53 teams from Durham, Cleveland and Northumberland and to come out on top against the biggest and best clubs in the region is a fantastic achievement for our Club. Congratulations to our Captain Lisa, Lindsay, David and Sam for the amazing quality of their tennis, and congratulations and thanks also to those other Club members who played for the team through the winter - Silvia Coates, Connor Atess, Alex Kerr, Philip Kennedy and Ross Wilson. A great team effort!

What a great way to start a year which sees the Club fielding 28 teams across all ages and abilities in our local leagues, with strong chances of celebrating several Division-winning teams by the end of the summer.


Sunderland Tennis Centre, Silksworth Lane, SR3 1PD is hosting a top quality tennis tournament next week, involving Men and Women players from across the world. Running from Monday 8th to Sunday 14th April, it’s a great chance to see some great tennis being played in the North East. Visitors are welcome to watch matches at all times - check with the venue for details.


A reminder our next Quiz Night is coming up at the end of this week - last Friday of the month as usual. Our guest Quizmaster Paul is all set to test your knowledge across the board from 8.00pm on Friday, 29th March. Just £2.00pp to take part and all welcome - bring family and friends for a lovely night and some great fun. Cash prizes for the winners, free food at half time.

EASTER HOLIDAY CAMPS - Now available for pre-booking

With Easter just around the corner, Head Coach David Esther has announced an extended programme of Junior Camps for the holiday. U11 Camps will run for three days in both weeks, from 8th to 10th April and 15th to 17th April, with 1 day Camps for U18’s on 11th April and 18th April.

At a cost of just £23 per day (with discount for members) or £62 for the 3-day package, the Camps offer a great opportunity for Juniors to hone their tennis skills over an extended session of play - and an inexpensive all-day respite for parents with kids to entertain!

The Camps are very popular and numbers limited to 20, so pre-register and book early to reserve a place. The Camps are open to members and non-members. Check out the Holiday Camps page on our website at http://shotleytennis.co.uk/holiday-coaching for full details and to register.


A reminder our next Quiz Night is coming up at the end of this week - last Friday of the month as usual. Our guest Quizmaster Paul is all set to test your knowledge across the board from 8.00pm on Friday, 29th March. Just £2.00pp to take part and all welcome - bring family and friends for a lovely night and some great fun. Cash prizes for the winners, free food at half time.


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.