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

FREE ADULT TENNIS COACHING

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!

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

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.

NEW HEAD COACH APPOINTMENT

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. 

OVER 35'S AND LADIES ONLY - FREE TENNIS COACHING COURSES

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.

GREAT BRITISH TENNIS WEEKEND - 12th & 13th May

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.

QUIZ NIGHT - Good Friday 30th March - 8.00pm

Yes, another month, another great quiz. Join us from 8.00pm for our Quiz Night - a fascinating mixture of general knowledge and specific questions with a few fun challenges thrown in to make sure everyone is involved. And our fully stocked bar to enjoy too. Just £2.00pp to include food, and cash prizes for our winners. Bring family. Bring friends. Enjoy! All welcome.

LIVE MUSIC - Saturday 10th March at the Tennis Club

Come along to the Tennis Club on Benfield Close this Saturday 10th March for a great night of live music. PEEL STREET are a superb live band, performing a fantastic range of classic rock and pop songs from the past 50 years. Doors open at 8.00pm, and entry is just £4.00pp. As well as the live music we have a fully stocked bar including real ale, beers, ciders and a range of wines, and a music quiz to challenge the mind. 

125th Anniversary Meal - Saturday, 24th March

2018 marks the 125th Anniversary of the Club's foundation in 1893, and we are planning a number of events and activities to celebrate the occasion. The first of these will be a Celebration Meal to be held in the Clubhouse on Saturday, 24th March (7.00pm for 7.30pm). We are hoping many former members will be able to join us to mark such a notable achievement - if you would like to come, please email tennisshotley@gmail.com to reserve your places. The price is £18.00pp to include a 3 course meal and welcome drinks. The menu options (vegetarian option also) are:

Cream of vegetable soup & crusty roll
Creamy Stilton mushrooms on croute

Sweet hot plum roast ham
Tuna fish lasagne
Braised lamb shank with a mint & red current Jus

Apple Eve’s pudding & custard
Triple Chocolate fudge cake & cream
Fresh fruit Salad

 

QUIZ NIGHT RETURNS - FRIDAY, 26TH JANUARY AT 8.00pm

It's a BURNS NIGHT special quiz to kick off the new year, with some Burns related topics and games amongst the challenges being set by our master QuizMaster, Bryn. Come along from 8.00pm for a great night - and bring family and friends along to enjoy it too. Suitable for all ages - and of course, our bar will be open too. Haggis, neeps and tatties free to enjoy during the evening as well.  Just £2.00 pp to enter.

LTA President visits us on Wednesday, 8th November

We are looking forward to welcoming Martin Corrie, President of the LTA, to the Club next Wednesday, 8th November. He will take the opportunity to see our new Air Dome, the first and only indoor tennis court in County Durham, at a time when the LTA is launching a new, 10 year strategy to invest £125 million in new indoor courts and external floodlighting across the UK. 

His timetable sees him at the Club from around 4.00pm till 6.00pm, and members are invited to come along and meet him, have a chat about tennis, our Club, and whatever else over refreshments. We are also hoping to tempt him onto court to try out the Dome for himself!

ACTIVE DURHAM CLUB OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER

We're delighted to have been selected as the Club of the Year for Derwentside at last weeks Active Durham Sports & Physical Activity Awards ceremony at the Empire Theatre. We now go on to the Durham-wide finals in late January. This award recognises the dramatic changes that have taken place at the Club over the past two years, with substantial investment from a range of supportive organisations allowing us to transform our Club into a site and facilities that are of benefit to the whole community without losing our central purpose as a tennis club.

Thank you and congratulations to everyone who has helped the Club through this process of refurbishment and renewal. We're looking forward to an exciting future!

LIVE MUSIC - FRONT STREET performing live at the Club SATURDAY, 11th NOVEMBER

Apologies - the earlier Event listing showed the wrong date. The gig is on Saturday, 11th November.

Another great night of Live Music coming up at the Club with Front Street playing a great range of classic covers together with their own music. Don't miss this chance to enjoy one of our top local bands in the great atmosphere of the Tennis Club. Doors open at 8.00pm. Tickets are just £5.00 and can be booked in advance at tennisshotley@gmail.com. Music quiz, raffle and real ale all added to the mix for a memorable night!