All you need to know about the Club
We have eight all weather courts. All are Astroturf and four, upgraded in 2017, are the latest generation “Tiger Turf”. Six are floodlit, two with the latest LED floodlights which save energy and give an outstanding illumination quality. Court 7 has no floodlights. Court 8 is a singles court.
The courts are open to members seven days per week between 8:30 and 21:30 throughout the year, except when required for team matches, club nights, tournaments and coaching.
The system can be used from a PC or mobile device and instructional videos are available below.
- Logging on / changing password
- Booking doubles tennis
- Booking singles tennis
- Adding funds to your account (for floodlights and visitor fees)
- Other menu functions
If you have any questions on how the system works or any other aspect of the club, please call or email our administrator Sally-Ann Shaw on 01564 400113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courts are bookable in 90 minutes slots, apart from court 8 (singles court) which has 60 minutes slots. Booking opens for each slot 7 days plus 30 minutes before the start time. You can book one court, or be named as a participant on any one day 7 days in advance. 48 hours in advance you can book any remaining slots.
Note that slot timings on Tuesdays start 30 minutes earlier to allow for the start of club night at 18:00.
All courts must be booked, and all players must be included on the booking. You can book a court with just one players name, but all four players (two on court 8, the singles court) must be included at least 24 hours before the booking is due to start. If you do not do this the court will be automatically cancelled and you will be notified by e-mail.
This is important both to support Covid-19 track and trace, but also because our support from the LTA depends on court usage.
Introducing a guest
If you want to introduce a guest, you will have to pay the £6 fee from your Bookit account (please see above training video and note that the minimum you can add per transaction is £12). £6 will be deducted from your account when the court is booked and will be refunded if the court is cancelled. Please remember that, even if playing with a guest, you will need to complete the booking as described above.
All players must “fob in” by placing their fob on the reader at the clubhouse door when they arrive to play. The system will confirm it has registered you because your name will appear on the reader screen. Failure to fob in may result in a suspension of booking rights.
If you book a court and no longer need it, please cancel it as soon as possible to give other members the best chance to use it.
Four tennis balls are normally provided per court free of charge, but we have had to temporarily suspend this service, other that for club sessions, due to Covid-19. We are reviewing if there is any alternative we can offer for play outside club sessions. Please make sure you recover any hit out and return to the clubhouse after play.
Due to Covid-19 court sweeping is temporarily not required, court maintenance and net adjusting are being done by the groundsman
What to Wear
The Club rule is that all tennis players wear predominantly white tennis kit (shirts and socks) however, coloured tennis shorts or skirts are acceptable. From October to March coloured tracksuits may be worn. This rule applies to both senior and junior tennis members. Non-marking tennis shoes must be worn (i.e. footwear specifically designed to enhance performance on a tennis court and guard against injury).
The floodlights are also controlled from the Bookit system. The cost is as before £3 per court per 45 minutes (equivalent to £4 per hour) for ALL courts including 5 and 6. Floodlights can be purchased in units of 5 minutes. Once floodlights are purchased they cannot be turned off or refunded so don’t purchase until you are sure of the weather. The system will only allow purchase on the day of the booking. If more than one player books floodlights, it is important that the floodlight slots are booked in sequential order. If there is a gap, the system assumes no lights and these cannot be booked after a later slot has been booked.
Note that for courts 1-4 the floodlights will take a few minutes to reach full brightness. Furthermore, when the lights go off the system will not allow them to turn on for ten minutes. You will still be charged for this time. Courts 5 & 6 being LED do not suffer these restrictions. Instructional videos are available:
Social tennis recommenced 21st July. There are two social tennis sessions a week (Saturday 2-5 p.m. and Tuesday 6-10 p.m.). These are for all senior members to turn up and mix in and floodlighting is provided free of charge. They are a great way to get to know people.
Social tennis guidelines during Covid-19
There will be a tube of balls used for each court.
Players to use hand sanitisers before and after each game.
Court 1 will be used as a waiting area, players should leave personal belonging on this court – please maintain 2m distance.
Following LTA guidelines all players will need to check in (using their door fob) which will register their attendance and in the short term sign in with whoever is supervising the session. This club is required to retain this information for 21 days
Members should be aware that undertaking any activity, including tennis, has the potential for increased risk of transmission of COVID-19. Anyone attending tennis should read the Government guidance on staying safe outside home.
As before, to make the sessions fair and enjoyable for all, please follow the rules:
- All matches are first to 6 games; sudden death deuce, receivers choice.
- No priority for mixed doubles or players just arriving; everyone should be prepared to wait their turn.
- Return to the waiting area after each match; please collect and bring balls back with you.
- Please respect the order of play; wherever possible at least 2 of you should change partners.
- If necessary, wait a few minutes for another group to complete their match to ensure mixing in.
- If there is a surfeit of either ladies or men; a same sex match is perfectly acceptable.
- If you stay out of your turn (eg: tea break, rest, toilet) you go to the back of the queue.
- Occasionally a player may feel the group is too strong for them; Only in such a case are they permitted to wait out and may then play in the next group of 4.
- If playing prior to social, complete your match in time for the social session.
- Manipulate your availability to avoid certain players – social is about mixing in.
- Play any non-social (eg: Box League) matches during social sessions.
Sudden death deuces are the rule to try and make the length of games shorter and more consistent. This helps to reduce the waiting required to mix in and play with different people.
Full Code of Conduct details can be found on the Policies page.
Social fours and tournaments
The weekday social organiser arranges social fours throughout the week and also a program of friendly matches with other local clubs on Tuesdays. Please contact them if you are interested in playing.
The weekend social organiser arranges a number of social matches with local clubs. Please contact them if you are interested in playing.
Throughout the year there are Men’s, Ladies and Mixed doubles “Box league” competitions and a singles ladder. Over three weeks in June the club Annual Tournaments take place. There are open and handicapped events in both singles and doubles, men’s ladies and mixed.
Two mixed doubles round robin competitions are held immediately after the Annual Tournaments with finals played in early October: Robin Scott for members over 45 and Cooper Pontifex for those 45 and under.
In addition there are a number of one day tournaments held throughout the year.
Mixed doubles box league
The mixed doubles box league is the longest running of the competitions. Please contact the organiser if you wish to join the league. You need a partner to enter, but the organiser may also be able to suggest possible candidates if you can’t identify someone.
Each pair is in a box with 3-4 others and you will usually have around two months to play your matches. This sounds like a lot of time, but you will be surprised how hard it can be to get four people to agree a time so please start making arrangements at the start of each period.
Match format is two sets with a champions tie-break (first to 10, with two clear points) if it is 1 set all. Each set is first to 6 games with a tie break at 5 all if required. All games are sudden death deuce, lady to lady or man to man. This helps to make sure that matches can be completed within a 90 minute court booking slot.
When you have played please write your result on the sheet on the tennis noticeboard.
At the end of the period, the top two pairs will be promoted and the bottom two relegated.
Men’s doubles box league
This was a new innovation for 2019, recognising that there was a desire for more competitive tennis among players who don’t play in the teams. Having attracted a strong field of 17 pairs it was decided to play a round robin among all the pairs over several months as a basis for splitting into divisions next year.
Pairs are expected to join the WhatsApp group managed by the organiser. Please advertise your availability to play on the group and keep an eye for other pairs doing the same. Once you have agreed with another pair to play, please use private messages for any further arrangements, weather cancellations etc. Please also don’t use this WhatsApp group for any other purpose as with so many participants the number of messages can become irritating,
There are still very many matches to be played so please make an effort to organise them.
Match format is two sets with a champions tie-break (first to 10, with two clear points) if it is 1 set all. Each set is first to 6 games with a tie break at 6 all if required. (Note this is slightly different from the mixed league)
All games are sudden death deuce, receivers’ choice. This helps to make sure that matches can be completed within a 90 minute court booking slot.
When you have played please write your result on the sheet on the tennis noticeboard and also send to the organiser via a private message on WhatsApp
Ladies’ doubles box league
Again this was a new innovation for 2019, the match format rules and guidance are the same as the men, but due to fewer participants each pair played each other pair twice over the year.
Over three weeks the club Annual Tournaments take place. There are open and handicapped events in both singles and doubles, men’s ladies and mixed.
The handicap events are a great opportunity to play against better players with the odds rather more even. This requires a lot of matches to be played so normal court bookings and the Tuesday social session are suspended during this period.
Finals day is a big event in the club calendar. The bar is always busy and you will see some great matches so put it in your diary.
Tournament Rules, Match Etiquette and Handicapping Rules can be found on the Policy Rules & Guidance page.
Spring Progressive Tournament
Full details for 2020 will be available soon.
This event is held on a Sunday afternoon. Seniors and Juniors may enter as a same sex or mixed doubles pair, but there must be at least 20 years between partners.
Once a year the Club President hosts a round robin mixed doubles tournament and provides afternoon tea.
Each year ladies are invited to play doubles tennis and enjoy lunch at the Club. This is a round robin competition and there is a draw for partners.
End of season tournament
Fun tournament held generally in October.
For all these tournaments watch the notice boards for sign up sheets. They will also be advertised on the News and Events page.
The club runs several men’s, ladies and mixed teams in the Birmingham, Warwickshire and Coventry area leagues. Match practice sessions are held late winter/early spring for players interested in being considered.
To be eligible to play in the teams, members must attend some of the match practice sessions. These are held early in the New Year and run by the head coach. If you are interested in playing team tennis please contact the men’s captain, or ladies captain and also refer to the Team Tennis Aims and Principles Guide.
The club currently runs 10 teams in the summer Birmingham area, Metropolitan and Coventry area leagues alongside mixed teams during the summer and winter.Summer Season
Men currently have three adult teams playing in the Birmingham Leagues, one in the Coventry league and a junior boys team in the Metropolitan League.
Ladies currently have three adult teams playing in three Birmingham Leagues and one in the Coventry League plus a junior team in the Metropolitan League.
We also have two mixed teams playing in the Metropolitan League.Winter Season
Men play in the Warwickshire Men’s Veterans League – they were winners of this league in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Ladies play in two competitions during the winter – the Warwickshire Ladies Veterans League and the Helen Cole Ladies Doubles Winter League
You can find our how our teams are getting on at www.mydivision.com (select Birmingham Area League, Coventry and District Lawn Tennis League or Metropolitan Summer League as desired).
Warwickshire LTA also runs knock-out competition for singles and doubles so if you are interested in playing within the county or region then entry into these along with full details of all competitions available can be found at www.lta.org.uk (select Warwickshire Club Players Championship).
Adult Tennis Coaching
Adult individual or small group lessons are available by arrangement throughout the week. For further information or to book please contact our Head Tennis Coach as shown on the Who’s Who page.
Junior and Mini Tennis Coaching
Our experienced team of junior coaches provided a comprehensive coaching programme in Mini and Junior Tennis. Lesson details for each age are shown below. The first session is free. For further information or to book please contact our Head Junior Tennis Coach as shown on the Who’s Who page.
- Thursday 16:00 – 16:30
- Sunday 9:30 – 10:00 & 10:00 – 10:30
- Tuesday 16:00 – 16:45
- Thursday 16:30 – 17:15
- Friday 16:00 – 16:45
- Sunday 10:30 – 11:15
- Tuesday 17:15 – 18:00
- Thursday 17:15 – 18:00
- Friday 16:45 – 17:15
- Sunday 11:15 – 12:00
- Tuesday 17:15 – 18:00
- Thursday 17:15 – 18:00
- Friday 17:30 – 18:15
- Sunday 12:00 – 12:45
- Tuesday 17:15 – 18:00 (11-14)
- Friday 16:00 – 16:45 (11-17)
- Friday 16:45 – 17:30 & 17:30 – 18:15
- Sunday 12:00 – 12:45 (11-13)
- Sunday 16:00 – 16:45 (12-16)