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Alton Tennis Club

New Members' Information

Alton Tennis Club New Members' Information

 

Thank you for joining Alton Tennis Club. We hope you will enjoy your tennis with us. The following guidelines and information should help you to get the most from belonging to the club. If anything is unclear, or you have any questions, please contact one of the committee members or email us at: altontennisclub@gmail.com 

Clubhouse

ATC has 4 ‘all weather’ floodlit courts and a clubhouse with excellent viewing of the top courts. It has kitchen and toilet facilities as well as free onsite parking.

Adult and Junior Coaching

Will May-Miller is the Club’s professional coach.  He offers a range of coaching opportunities for Adult and Junior players. Adult coaching includes programmes designed specifically for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced players, ‘confidence building’ courses for anyone wanting a boost or refresher before joining mix-ins or squads, and cardio tennis. Junior coaching includes after-school term-time classes for a variety of age groups, Easter and Summer camps and LTA tournaments. For details of the coaching programme can be found on the coaching pages of our website.

Free Club “Mix–in” Sessions

All Senior members are welcome to play in the free club sessions. All Juniors who have been passed for Adult play by the Club’s coach are also welcome to come & play at these sessions which are:

Summer:

  • Tuesday & Thursday evenings 6pm-10pm (floodlights)
  • Wednesday afternoons 1.00pm-4.00pm.
  • Friday mornings   9.30am-12noon
  • Sunday mornings 10am-12.30pm (April to end September)

Winter:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday and Fridays (as for the Summer)
  • Sunday sessions change to afternoons 1.30pm - 4.30pm (October to end March)

Junior Club Sessions

These run from 11.30 am to 1.30pm on Saturdays during term time for junior members aged 10 years or more. No advance booking is necessary, just turn up and play for only £4 per session. Our club coach organises the games and oversees the play. The emphasis is on playing full games and matches which can lead to selection for our junior team.

Young players of 10 to 18 years, who are not yet members, may join in for up to three times, at £6 per session, as a try out before joining or signing on to a coaching course.

Please note that children under the age of 14 years should not be left unsupervised at the club at any time and that children attending club sessions, coaching or tournaments remain the responsibility of parents during sessions.

Club Competitions

The club runs one main competition in the period from May to September, a number of half day “American” tournaments throughout the year.

The main tournament is played on a knockout format with entrants organising their matches by a specified “play by” date and all the finals being contested on a finals day.

The half day “American” tournaments are played on a round robin basis with partners allocated on the day.

Junior Competitions

The club holds annual knockout competitions for Under 14’s and Under 18 junior players and the coach organises competitions and team matches for juniors who are on their coaching programme.

Visitors

Visitors are welcome to come & play with members on up to 3 occasions in each year - a visitor fee of £2 for Adults & £1 for Juniors is payable. Please enter the details of each visitor along with your name in the Visitor’s Book in the clubhouse & place the money in the locked box in the kitchen. We encourage regular visitors to become members.

Social Events

We like to arrange social events at and away from the Club. Details of all the events will be put on the ATC website and social notice board in the clubhouse.

Team Play

Alton Tennis Club enters Men’s, Ladies’ and Mixed teams in the summer and Men’s & Ladies’ teams in the winter in both the Aldershot and East Hants Leagues. A senior team also plays in the Men’s national Aegon League. If you are interested in playing in a team and would like more information about team play, please contact a committee member or email the club.

Floodlights

All four courts have floodlights and the cost of using the lights is included in your subscription.

Please make every effort to ensure that lights are only on when the court is in use and are turned off immediately play is ended.

Rebound Practice net

This is available for individual practice. It is kept against the clubhouse wall and must be turned 90 degrees and placed in front of the wire surround of Court 1 for use (to spare the clubhouse windows!). It must not be moved onto other courts so if court 1 is in use those players may be asked to move or the rebound net cannot be used.

Clubhouse and grounds security

The security of our facilities is every member’s responsibility.  The codes for the locks must never be revealed to non-members and are changed annually (at least) to ensure that only members have access.  All the court padlocks should be secured on the inside of the court except those of the main access gates.  After opening the main entrance gate please take the padlock into the clubhouse and place it on the floodlight control box. This ensures everyone knows where it is and it does not get lost. Most importantly of all, on leaving, please check that all lights are off and all doors and padlocks are properly secured. If others are still playing, and it is not possible for you to secure the club, check with them that they are happy to do the security checks and lock up.

Personal Safety and Well-being

We take seriously the safety and well-being of our members. The club is LTA affiliated and as such we are required to adhere to LTA policies and procedures. Should there be a major accident, or a member is taken seriously ill at the club, please ring 999.  For heart-related events, a defibrillator is located in the neighbouring Cardio Rehab Centre; please contact them where circumstances dictate.  All accidents at the club must be reported in the ‘Accidents’ file located on the window sill in the clubhouse and the Club’s Welfare Officer, Judy Brown must also be informed as soon as possible (contact details below).This is a requirement of our insurance policy through the LTA.

In addition, we adhere to the LTA’s Safeguarding and Equality Policy and the accompanying Code of Conduct. All members are required to indicate to the Club Welfare Officer that they have read, understood and follow the Policy, Code of Conduct and Reporting Procedure. A copy is on display in the clubhouse; please familiarise yourself with it, then confirm to Judy Brown that you have done so.   

Wimbledon tickets draw

As a member of ATC you can join the LTA for free becoming a British Tennis Member (BTM). This in turn entitles you to “opt in” to the Wimbledon ticket ballot which if successful enables you to buy Wimbledon tickets.

Alton Sports shop

On production of an email confirming current membership, members of ATC are entitled to a 10% discount on non sale / deal items.

Member input

If you would like to help in any way with the day to day running of the club (helping with maintenance of the grounds or the clubhouse, admin tasks, newsletters, updating of the website etc.) please contact any of the committee members (see ‘ATC Committee’ page on the website) or Judy Brown (Secretary) on 01420 82289  judyraynbird@aol.com

We welcome any feedback you may have about the club – please don’t keep your good ideas to yourself! Members are welcome to attend committee meetings and the Annual General Meeting is usually in November each year - we would be delighted to see you there.