A friendly tennis club in Trottiscliffe, Kent.
The tennis club is adjacent to the village hall and school playing fields. The courts have a tarmacadam surface and are based in a rural setting overlooking farmland, a beech hedge surrounds two sides of the courts to help minimise wind effects. Both courts are floodlit, the clubhouse has toilet facilities and is surrounded by a decked court viewing area. The car park to the front of the clubhouse can accommodate approximately 12 vehicles with additional parking available next to the Village Hall. The club enjoys a healthy level of membership and actively participates in the Kent LTA leagues.
A Sociable Club
We strive to create a friendly and sociable environment for players of all abilities and their families and friends. Sunday afternoon club sessions have a focus on social play and during the summer members occasionally host ‘afternoon tea’ which is attended by family, guests and playing members. These club sessions provide an ideal opportunity for newer members to integrate into the club and get to know existing members and each other. The club organises various social events including themed evenings, quiz nights, and dinner-dances (see Gallery). Spring-Summer holiday trips to overseas tennis centres are also organised and attended by members, families and friends.
Regular evening tennis sessions are organised throughout the year and run from 19:30 to 21:30 each weekday evening. The squads involve mixed doubles play and teams are formed from nominated club members opting to play on a particular evening. On Friday evening there is an open session which can be joined on an ‘as and when’ basis.
Rotas are published on a seasonal basis and new members are encouraged to join one of these sessions.
LTA Kent Leagues
The club enters various teams in the Kent LTA League and is justifiably proud of its achievements as a local village club. We currently field seven teams including men’s, ladies, mixed, and veterans.
New members are welcome to apply to join a relevant team either as a nominated player or as a reserve. Team selection is made via a selection sub-committee and members wishing to play in a league should contact the relevant committee member. Further information is available on the LTA League page.
Meet the Committee Members
The club is run by a management committee of members who meet on a periodic basis and are elected at the AGM which is held each year during the month of May. The Chairman of the club is also a member of the Parish Council Tennis Courts Committee who have overall responsibility for the facility and the land upon which the courts are built. Contact details for the various committee members are available via the members page.
Selection Committee Chair
Questions and Answers
How do I become a member?
Simply fill out the application form which will be automatically sent to the club’s membership secretary. Applications for membership should include a proposer and seconder who are already club members. If you don’t know anyone at the club then we will arrange a playing-in session where you can meet existing members.
What are the Membership Fees?
We are a community based ‘not for profit’ tennis club and always seek to offer good facilities and a friendly atmosphere at very affordable prices. The club’s fees are based upon an annual subscription and a joining fee. The joining fee is only payable upon first joining the club whereas the subscription fee is renewable on an annual basis. The fees for the various membership categories are as follows:
Category Joining Fee Annual Subscription
Adult £10.00 £65.00
Family £20.00 £140.00
Junior £5.00 £30.00
What is the Membership Period?
Membership of the club is on an annual with the membership year running from the first of May. Applications for membership made during the membership year will be discounted on a sliding scale of 1-3 months, 3-6 months, and 6-9 months. The subscription fee is renewable annually prior to the beginning of the membership year.
How do I book a court?
The Club uses an online court booking system which can be accessed in the members area of the website. The booking calendar shows all club organised events and members may make bookings on available courts on a ‘first come first served’ basis.
How Do I Access the Courts and the Clubhouse?
Access to the club grounds from the car park is via a combination lock. The code changed each year in line with the membership period and members are sent a new code via email.
The clubhouse is secured with a mortice lock and members can opt for their own key if required.
Can I Park My Car at the Club?
The club has an off-road car park in front of the courts which can accommodate around some twelve vehicles. Parking is on a ‘first come first served’ basis and there is adjacent parking in the village hall car park if available.
Are Juniors Welcome at the Club?
The club actively encourages juniors to play tennis whether as family members or as individuals. We strive to provide an environment that is safe and convenient and which helps with the child’s social development as well fitness and tennis skills. We have a dedicated LTA approved junior coach who provides regular group coaching sessions as well as running summer camps. The club is also an approved venue for the LTA ‘Tennis for Kids’ programme. For further information on junior coaching please visit the coaching page.
How to Become a Junior Member?
Junior members can be individuals or included as part of the family membership. Juniors are defined to be under 18 years of age or under 25 years of age if in full time education. For juniors under the age of 18 and joining as individuals, we will need information and contact details for their guardian prior to playing or joining the club.
How is the Club Managed?
The club is managed by a committee of members who meet on a periodic basis and are elected at the AGM which is held each year during the month of May. The Chairman of the club is also a member of the Parish Council Tennis Courts Committee who have overall responsibility for the facility and the land upon which the courts are built.
For information on the current committee members and their roles please click
How Do I Communicate With the Club?
The club is run by a committee of members who are elected at the AGM. The best way to get queries answered, or to put forward suggestions, is via the Contact Us page on this website where your comments will be answered by the appropriate committee member, usually via email. The member area of the website also contains a register of members and their contact details to help members contact other members to arrange games, matches, etc.
Can I Play When it’s Dark?
Both courts are floodlit and the floodlights may be used up until 21:30 when they are automatically turned off if not done so manually when players have finished. The floodlights are operated by a simple on/off switch inside the clubhouse and players are asked for a small contribution towards the electricity cost. From Monday to Thursday 7.30 – 9.30pm rotas are organised three months in advance so that 8 people play every evening, Friday evening is more turn up and play tends to be more men than ladies. New members can join the rota system if their play is up to the required standard.
What’s the Format for Sunday Club Afternoon?
The courts are booked from 2:30-5:00 p.m. every Sunday afternoon during the spring / summer months so that members of all standards can come along and join in playing a game of social tennis. As numbers can vary it is always advisable to check other members are attending. Anyone wishing to bring along cake or biscuits is always appreciated to accompany an after-play cup of tea!
Eco-Friendly Tennis Ball Recycling
The club provides new and used balls tennis for members. New balls are provided for league matches and club organised squads and other events. Used balls are available in the clubhouse for general use and practice etc.
Once the used tennis balls are no longer suitable for general use they are recycled. We use ‘Recycaball’ to dispose of our old tennis balls to various charitable organisations, this helps ensure that tennis at Trottiscliffe becomes a greener and more eco-friendly sport.
Recycaball packages up used ball from various tennis clubs and distributes these to children’s charities in both the
UK and internationally. Low pressure balls typically go to retirement / nursing homes for use as physiotherapy aids. Balls are also donated to the police and armed forces dogs and animal shelters as our four legged friend also like to have fun! Cash donations are also made by Recycaball to various charities including: Make A Wish, Water Aid, Cancer Research UK, The British Heart Foundation, The Alzheimer’s Society, The National Autistic Society & Help For Her.