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. A timeline history of the tennis club is available via the following link.
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.
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. A regular Match Practice squad also runs on a Friday morning.
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 Leagues page.
The Club is keen to provide opportunities to develop and enhance member’s tennis techniques, tactics, and match play skills whether you are an adult or junior, a beginner, an intermediate player, or a seasoned competitor.
The Club has two LTA qualified coaches who are members of the club and provide both group and individual coaching for both adult and junior members.
Further details are available via the coaching page.
Regular evening tennis sessions are organised throughout the year and run from 19:30 or 20:00 to 21:30 on selected weekday evenings. These sessions involve mixed doubles play and participants are formed from nominated club members opting to play on a particular evening. Rotas for these evenings are published on a seasonal basis and new members are encouraged to join one of these sessions.
Various daytime squads also run on Wednesday and Friday mornings. These sessions are organised by members, please contact the Club Secretary for further details.
Annual Club Tournament
The Club holds an annual tournament in September of each year. The tournament is open to all members and takes the form of eight pairs playing mixed doubles with each team swapping partners half way through the set. The top two men and ladies then play a final to determine the overall champions. The link below lists the winners of the tournament since its inception in 1995. Photos of the winners and runners-up are available via the Galleries page. The tournament is followed by a BBQ to which all members and guests are invited.
Policies & Rules
The Club publishes and maintains various policies in order to comply with national legislation and guidelines published by the LTA. These policies apply to all members and their guests and the Club strongly advises members to familiarise themselves with the content of these policies. 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.
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.
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, Hilary Dowling, Claire Fraser
Trottiscliffe Courts Committee
Overall responsibility for the land and courts lies with Trottiscliffe Parish Council as the leaseholder. A Parish Council sub-committee, Trottiscliffe Courts Committee, is responsible for the long term management of the facilities and is comprised of members of the Parish Council, the Tennis Club, and Trottiscliffe Primary School.
The current committee members are as follows: Richard Wallis (PC), David Goodworth (PC), Louise Goldsmith (PC ), John Bennett (TTC), Tony Piper (TTC), Lucy Henderson (School).
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
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 friends 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.
Thanks go to Audrey Goodworth for managing the collection and recycling of tennis balls on behalf of the Club.