Court Priority Clarification

The Club is committed to encouraging all members to play more tennis.  Court usage is now controlled using the Club’s on-line booking system. However, the Committee has decided that the following order of priority shall apply and the courts will be pre-booked for all types of Designated Court Usage. Members can book the courts when they are available for any type of Non-Designated Court Usage.


Inter-Club Matches 

Some Sunday mornings – 2 courts per match (from March to October)

Some Monday and Wednesday evenings – 3 courts (from April to August)

Check the online booking system for dates.

Junior coaching times (4 courts)    

This applies all year

9.00 – 1.15 pm Saturday 

4.00 – 6.30 pm Monday    

3.30 – 6.30 pm Tuesday

4.00 – 6.30 pm Wednesday 

3.30 – 6.30 pm Thursday

4.00 – 6.30 pm Friday     

Juniors also have court priority from 3.30 pm to 6.15 pm weekdays all year.

Open, Vets and Junior Finals’ Days

Saturday – 4 courts – check the on-line booking system for dates and times: 

Committee-organised Charity Tournament Days

Typically on a Sunday – check the on-line booking system for dates and times:

American Tournament

Bank Holiday Mondays and New Year’s Day – 11.00 am to 5 pm – 4 courts

Junior Coaching Days 

Usually Monday to Wednesdays in school holidays 10 am to 3 pm

Weekly Adult Social Sessions

Saturday afternoons 1.30 pm to 6 pm

Tuesdays 6.30 pm to 10pm  Ladies

Thursdays (2 courts only) 9.30 am to 1.00 pm Mixed

Thursdays 6.30 pm to 10pm Men

Fridays    10.00 am to 1.00 pm   Mixed 

At these sessions members are expected to mix in, not to play in arranged fours.

The peg board will be used to ensure fair turns.


Team Practice Sessions

March and April – check the on-line booking system for dates and times:

Adult and Junior Tournament matches / Private coaching sessions / Box League matches (or other internal competitions) / Arranged Singles or Doubles play for adults or juniors / Junior tennis tour matches

All these types of tennis play have equal priority under the increased court availability with 3 floodlit courts and so courts are available to be booked on a first come, first served basis via the on-line booking system:

Turn up and play

This is still permitted but it is important to check if the court has been booked by another member for the time in question, in which case that member has priority.

Court Priority Clarification

Some points to clarify.

1    While all 4 courts will be pre-booked for social tennis sessions or American Tournaments, it is not the Club’s intention to have empty courts when other people want to play. Therefore, if there is an empty court during these times any member can play any type of tennis they want when the courts are set aside for these specific types of tennis. However, if other members turn up and want to take part in the organised tennis specified for that time, then those members playing amongst themselves must vacate the court when asked to do so. The key issue is that any court cannot be booked during these times and so if members turn up hoping to play then there will be no guarantee that they will be able to do so. 

2.  Only courts not pre-booked for any Designated Court Usage event can be booked (e.g. if an inter-club match requires 2 or 3 courts then the court(s) not required can be booked by any member to play any type of tennis they want. 

3 . The booking system holds details of all designated court usage and all court bookings for any non-designated tennis activity must be booked on-line. Other than the coaches and for adult and Junior Tournament matches, no member or group of members playing together can book a court for more than 2 hours at a time. Courts may be booked up to 2 weeks in advance. The time of the court booking, the names of the members playing and the court number must be entered for all court bookings. The same players cannot book a court for two consecutive sessions.

4. For Team Practice Sessions, the Team Captains must submit their proposals for Team Practice Sessions (dates / times and number of courts required to the full committee in advance and it is the responsibility of the committee to agree to the use of the courts in this way so as to ensure equal access to the courts across all of the Club’s teams.

Management Committee

March 2022