About the Club

Trottiscliffe Tennis Club

The tennis courts are adjacent to the village hall and school playing fields.
The courts have a Matchplay XL carpet 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 twelve vehicles with additional parking available next to the Village Hall.
The club enjoys a healthy level of membership, holds regular weekday evening squads and actively participates in the Kent LTA leagues.

Social Tennis

The club strives 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 season 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.

Tennis Squads

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.
Daytime squads also run on Wednesday and Friday mornings.  These sessions are organised by members, please contact the Club Secretary for further details.

League Tennis

The club enters various teams in the Kent LTA League and is justifiably proud of its achievements as a local village club.  TTC currently fields teams in various categories including men’s, ladies, mixed, midweek, 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 Leagues page accessible from the main menu.

Policies & Rules

The Club publishes and maintains various policies in order to comply with national legislation and LTA guidelines.  These policies apply to all members and their guests and the Club strongly advises members to familiarise themselves with these documents.  All members and visitors should also ensure that they are familiar with the club rules regarding use of the courts and other facilities, these are also available on the clubhouse noticeboard.

Management Committee

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.  Contact details for the various committee members are available via the contact directory via the members page.

John Bennett (Chair)
Tricia Wallis (Welfare Officer)
Dick Hogbin (Treasurer)
Annette Eccott (Fixtures)
Sue Gilroy (Club Secretary)
Phil Stevens (Membership)
Tony Piper (Website & IT)
Louise Hounsell (Junior Coordinator)

Support Roles

The following members kindly undertake the roles below, supporting the committee in the day-to-day running of the tennis club:
League Team Selection Committee: Tricia Wallis, Sue Piper, Jim Coffey, Claire Fraser

Charitable Donations

The club holds occasional social events such as Quiz Nites, Themed Discos, and other social evenings.  Information on recent events can be found on the ‘News‘ page and the ‘Photo Gallery‘ section contains selected photographs from previous events.  From any profits made as a result of these social events the club donates to various charities and local community based organisations.

The organisations currently supported are as follows:

Heart of Kent Hospice (Registered Charity No. 298164)
Macmillan Cancer Support (Registered Charity No. 261017)
Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex (Registered Charity No. 1021367)
Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (Registered charity No. 1070607)
Trottiscliffe Community Farm

Questions & Answers

Online application forms are available on the ‘Home’ page and are 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 in order to meet existing members.

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 as fitness and tennis skills. Love-Sport, a local coaching company, runs weekly term-time sessions as well as holiday and half-term camps. Please contact Louise Hounsell, the Club’s Juniors Co-ordinator (07776 343382) for further information or visit the LoveSport website at www.love-sport.co.uk

Junior members can be individuals or included as part of the family membership package. Juniors are defined to be under 18 years of age. For juniors under the age of 18 and joining as individuals, an adult family member or guardian is asked to join the Club on a low-cost ‘Guardian Member’ package in order to meet the Club’s Safeguarding and Welfare policies.

The club has two LTA accredited coaches offering dedicated one-to-one tuition for all ages and abilities. Alternatively, adult group squads are run on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Please see the Coaching page for further information and contact details.

The courts are available to local residents who are not members of the Tennis Club, however, access to the clubhouse is restricted. Please call 01732 824184 or 07831 839034 for further details, or by email to public@trottiscliffetennis.org.uk

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. The subscription fee is renewable annually prior to the beginning of the membership year.

We are a community based ‘not for profit’ tennis club and always seek to offer good facilities and a friendly atmosphere at affordable prices. Membership charges 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 current fees are available via a link on the ‘Home’ page. Use of the courts on a public pay-and-play basis are charged at £10 per court per hour.

Access to the club grounds from the car park is via a combination lock. The code is 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 apply for their own key (£10 refundable deposit required).

If you use online banking the Club’s bank account details are:
Sort Code: 40-40-32
Account no: 81250264
For alternative means of payment please contact the Club Treasurer, Dick Hogbin, on 07887 396918

The Club uses an online court booking system which can be accessed in the member’s 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.

The courts are reserved from 2:30-5:00 pm every Sunday afternoon and members of all standards can come along and join in games of social tennis. As numbers can vary it is always advisable to check that other members are attending on a particular Sunday. During the summer months, members often organise tea and cakes and non-playing family members and friends are welcome to attend.

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 where your comments will be answered by the appropriate committee member, usually via email. The member area of the website contains a ‘Member Directory’ which contains contact details to help members contact other members to arrange games, matches, etc.

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 play has 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.

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.

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 used balls 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.