Enjoy Strawberries & Cream and Wimbledon Mens Final at the Club

Join us on Sunday, 16th July from 2.00pm to enjoy our won Wimbledon experience - watch the Mens Final on TV while enjoying strawberries and cream and afternoon tea with tasty home-made scones all washed down with that great Wimbledon tradition - Pimms, piled high with fresh fruit.

The quintessential British summer's afternoon - and the chance to play some tennis yourselves too, and prove that Federer doesn't have a monopoly on all the great shots...perhaps.

Bring family and friends to make if a great afternoon. All welcome!


Join us on Saturday 22nd July for our annual BBQ - an important date in our calendar for old and new members, young and old to share a lovely social occasion. Tickets are just £5.00pp (£3 for U10's) to include food. There will be a range of games and fun activities taking place too, and Karaoke later on (not suitable for those of a nervous disposition...). 

More details shortly.

Free Tennis Coaching for Over 35's - Thursdays from 7.00 - 8.00pm (10 week programme from 18th May)

There was a great turnout for our first session last week, and we're hoping for even more at future sessions. This is a 10 week programme based around the LTA's Tennis Express programme, and is suitable for everyone, whether you have played before or never played. Free racquet hire is available if needed - all you need to bring is a pair of trainers. And we are boosting the number of coaches to ensure everyone gets the right level of attention. No need to pre-book.



Our Free Coaching Programme for Over 35's starts this Thursday, 18th May - all are welcome, members and non-members. We can provide racquets and balls, you just need a pair of trainers and the energy and enthusiasm to give tennis a go. It doesn't matter whether you've played before or not - the course will cover everything. Most of all, it will make sure you have fun...and hopefully get bitten by the tennis bug!

If you want a warm-up before the session, our Cardio Tennis sessions are also starting up again, on Thursdays from 6.00 - 7.00pm. A great way to get that heart pumping and those muscles working. 


Starting on Thursday, 18th May we are offering free coaching for Over 35's. This will be a 10 week programme and is suitable for everyone - whether you have played before or have never played before. All you need is to be willing to give it a try. The course is financed by a grant programme to encourage adults to give tennis a try and in the process get more exercise and  improve your health and fitness.

We will provide racquets and balls - you just need a pair of trainers and you're away!

It would help our planning if you could let us know you're coming - tel 07493 032229 - but don't worry if you can't. Just turn up and join in!!



  • Saturday, May 13, 2017

  • 10:00am  4:00pm

  • Shotley & Benfieldside Tennis Club
  • Benfield Close, Consett, England, DH8 0RH 
  • We're throwing our doors open to welcome everyone to come along and see what a fantastic club we have. We will be offering free tennis, free table tennis, free coaching, free use of racquets, bats and balls - and free tea and coffee.

We'll have great Membership Offers available on the day, and would love to talk to you about how you and your family could get the most out of the great facilities we have to offer. As well as tennis every day for members, we offer pay and play to visitors and have a full coaching programme for all ages from Tots at 2yrs to adult. 

Then we have our Table Tennis Club, every Thursday evening from 6.00pm till 9.00pm. 

Beyond racquet sports, we also have Walking Football for the over 50's on Thursday afternoons, Salsa classes on Saturday afternoons, BuggyFit classes every Monday and Thursday morning and Pilates classes on Friday mornings.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, 13th May. To guarantee your free-of-charge place in our organised coaching programme on the day, please register in advance at:


WALKING FOOTBALL - Starts Thursday, 20th April at 2.30pm

Another new venture for the Club, aimed exclusively at the Over 50's and offering a great opportunity to blow away the cobwebs and relive your glory days on the pitch - but at a much more gentle tempo. Walking football has been featured heavily on TV and is storming the country - and we're delighted to be introducing it to Consett.

Everyone is welcome to join in - as long as you're over 50! It will be friendly relaxed and sociable, with tea, coffee and a bar available too. Just bring trainers - we provide the rest. Full details are:

When: Thursdays 2.30pm to 4.00pm

Age Group: Over 50's

·      Have fun, keep fit, make friends

·      Friendly, casual exercise for all

·      Tea, coffee, bar available

·      First session free of charge (then just £2.00/session) 

For more details contact: Bill on 07770 940793 or email tennisshotley@gmail.com


Continuing our theme of alliterative entertainment, we’re delighted to announce the introduction of Salsa Saturdays at the Club. Join us every Saturday from 2.30pm, we’ll be holding regular weekly Salsa classes for members and friends, experienced dancers and newcomers – all welcome. Hosted by our own Salsa stars David and Michelle Graham, fresh from their sell-out tour of Cuba (by all accounts, they brought the country to a standstill while they were there), they will be showing us the steps and moves that will guarantee your place at the top of the leaderboard.


A lovely, friendly way to pick up new skills and keep fit at the same time. We hope to see you there.

Now it's scientifically proven - TENNIS IS GOOD FOR YOU!!!

Click for the article in The Times on 30th November 2016 to find out why tennis is the best sport and activity if you want to live a long and healthy life and minimise your risk of dying from heart disease or stroke. The risk is slashed by 56% for tennis, squash and badminton, but by only 41% for swimming and just 36% for aerobics. 

So now you know it makes sense - JOIN A TENNIS CLUB NOW!!

Congratulations to our next generation of Tennis Leaders

It's always great to see the enthusiasm of our Juniors for tennis and last week saw a large group of them back up their commitment by taking part in the LTA's Tennis Leaders course. The course covers learning how the Club works and what job roles need to be done to keep clubs alive and successful, how our juniors can play a vital part in that, and also how to actively help and support our coaches to deliver mini-tennis sessions. The first steps to becoming coaches themselves, in fact!

Congratulations to all our Juniors who received their Certificates (and tee shirts!) for successfully completing the course:

Chloe Dale, Lorna Heafield, Lily Mathison, Adam Parker, Ben Richardson, Evie Rudge, Jessica Symm, James Tatton