Tennis

West Heaton has a vibrant, family friendly tennis section and we offer the opportunity to play tennis at all ages and standards. With six all-weather floodlit astroturf courts, our tennis is a truly all-year round sport with plenty of us enthusiastic enough to play in all but the harshest of elements!

Weekly court calendar

Court usage at West Heaton can vary depending on the time of year, and school holidays. Below is a quick and rough guide to when the courts are in use. Our online booking calendar is far more detailed and includes all scheduled tournaments and matches.  The annual calendar can also be found in the Club Handbook.

Please be reminded that the tennis courts at West Heaton are not bookable.

Adult Tennis

Adult Social Tennis

Co-ordinator: Debbie Bond

For all abilities, with free use of floodlights when necessary. Just turn up and play. New players welcome.

Social tennis is popular with players of all abilities. Players mix together to play doubles in an informal and friendly atmosphere. It's a great way to meet other members.

Wednesdays 6.30pm social tennis all year round

Sundays 1.00-3.00pm social tennis all year round

Fridays from 6.30pm social tennis and social matches April-September

Note: Some Sunday sessions may start earlier if there is a tournament. We have a Social Tennis WhatsApp group where you can keep up to date with start times and other information. Our members also use it to organise informal games with one another at other times.

Coached Group Sessions

Co-ordinator: Head Coach Andy Perry

Our coach team provides a weekly programme for a range of abilities, priced depending on the session.

Sessions include Rusty Rackets, Ladies morning, Tennis Xpress, Cardio Tennis, Team training.

Team tennis

Co-ordinators: Team Captains

We have 3 Ladies, 5 Men's, and 4 Mixed adult teams at West Heaton, playing in summer and winter leagues throughout Manchester and beyond. 

 

All members are welcome to try out for a team. Try-outs take place January-February when teams are selected, and are announced through notices and emails. If you are interested in joining a team, please get in touch.

Internal Tournament Calendar

Throughout the year West Heaton runs both Open and Social Tournaments.

You can view all one-day tournament dates on our tournament calendar, as well as discover more information about how to enter, and what the format will likely be.

Annual Tournament

 

Two weeks in September: Ladies Singles, Men's Singles, Ladies Doubles, Men's Doubles and Mixed doubles.

Our annual club tournament takes place every year over two weeks in September. Members may enter up to 3 categories. The doubles pairs are decided by draw, and each pairing is allocated a handicap based on their combined ability.

The last Saturday is Finals Day and everyone is encouraged to come down and support the finalists. All winners receive a trophy.

 
Junior Tennis

For your own and everyone's enjoyment please observe the guidelines on playing times and etiquette on court. Please wear recognised tennis kit. If you require any further information or have a friend who wants to join contact the junior co-ordinator or any member of the Tennis Committee. Also, if you have not done so already, please give the club an email address (parent or guardian) so you can receive up to date news of junior club events. To do this please email Anne Porter.

 

Adult Playing Status

The Tennis Committee recognise juniors who have achieved a good playing standard and who display acceptable behaviour on court by giving them "adult playing status." Recognised juniors can then play with adults on social tennis nights, in social tournaments, as well as in the Annual Adult Club Tournament. They can also be invited to play on the Adult teams. The Tennis Committee updates and reviews this list regularly.

Junior Social Tennis

Co-ordinator: Julie Woosey

For all abilities, with free use of floodlights when necessary. Just turn up and play. New players welcome.

Players mix together to play doubles in an informal and friendly atmosphere. This is a good time to mix in and socialise. Any parents who are able to help out on these nights are most welcome – please contact Head Coach Andy Perry if you can help. 

Fridays 5.00-6.00pm social tennis April-September only

Coached Group Sessions

Co-ordinator: Head Coach Andy Perry

Our coach team provides a weekly programme for a range of abilities, priced depending on the session.

Courses are run in term times and are open to those aged between 3 and 16. In school holidays, tennis camps run during the day and are open to both members and non-members.


The club has established club-school links and supports tennis in our local primary and secondary schools. Our programme is also fully inclusive - Andy and Sue have experience working with a variety of disabilities.

Junior Club Tournaments

Tournaments, providing singles & doubles events for all players, will run throughout the year. Details will be advertised nearer the time.

Other events such as mini-tennis and box leagues arranged during the season will be advertised on the notice boards and by the coaches.

Team tennis

Co-ordinators: Julie Woosey and Jane Philpott

We have three Junior teams at West Heaton, U13 Boys, U16 Boys and U18 mixed.

 

Juniors who want to play on the junior teams are welcome to attend the match practices as advertised pre-season. Details will be displayed on the Tennis Notice Boards. Match dates (usually Saturday and Sunday afternoons) are distributed in early March. Any interested junior who wants to play can contact Head Coach Andy Perry or junior co-ordinator Julie Woosey.

 
Tennis Guidelines & Etiquette

When the courts are busy and people are waiting to play, it is important that all members get a fair chance to use the facilities so please treat others politely and remember the following:

 

  • You should vacate your court at the end of a short set (singles or doubles) playing a tie-break at 5:5.

  • If you are practising rather than playing a set, you should vacate the court no more than 30 minutes after others arrive and are waiting to play.

  • People waiting to play doubles have precedence over people waiting to play singles

  • Juniors have equal rights before 6.30pm on weekdays and should follow the above guidance. However, after 6.30pm and at weekends, adults can claim a court. Juniors should be asked to finish the game they are playing and then vacate the court. This also applies if a junior is playing with an adult.

  • You should only go on court once everyone in your 4 has arrived. If 3 people are knocking-up they must vacate the court if another 4 arrive and are ready to play.

  • On Wednesday evenings all courts are reserved for Social Night so if you are playing singles, please be prepared to mix in for doubles. On Fridays in the summer 3 courts are reserved and every Sunday 4 courts are reserved so the guidance above applies to the other courts.

 

Note: For the sake of those playing and your own safety, please wait for a break in play before crossing behind the courts.

 

Dress code

Any recognised tennis wear is permitted at West Heaton. Beachwear, football and rugby shirts are not allowed. Shoes must be non-marking tennis shoes.

 

Court Allocation 

Details of court allocations for regular, organised sessions and for matches are posted on the Tennis Notice Board, on the gates to the courts or via the day-by-day online court calendar. 

 

Floodlights

To use the floodlights, you will need to purchase tokens from the bar.  A token for 30 minutes costs £1.50. The light boxes can be found at the entrance to Squash Court 1 (a card key is needed to access). A red warning light comes on five minutes before your token runs out. To continue playing you should use another token immediately as once the lights go out they will not come back on for 15 minutes. Please note that the lights automatically go off at 10p.m.

 

Changing Rooms 

The changing rooms, toilets & showers can be accessed via the door leading to the Squash Courts. You will need a card key for the door and this can be purchased from the bar during normal opening hours. Please make sure that the outside door remains locked at all times & that lights are turns off when you leave.

Racket restringing

Our head Coach Andy is a qualified stringer offering this service at West Heaton. Andy can provide a 24 hour turn around if necessary.

Go to our Restringing page for prices and other information regarding restringing, or contact Andy directly.

Care of Courts

The preparation and maintenance of the courts is the responsibility of the Tennis Section. The club employs a sub-contractor to carry out some regular court maintenance but day to day responsibility lies with all members so please use the Aussie drag nets to clear any leaves or seeds before you play & remove all litter (including ball tubes, lids & water bottles) when you leave the courts. If you are last to leave the court, please slacken the net cords. Also, please ensure that you wear the appropriate footwear.

Visitors & Guests

Members may bring the same guest to play on only three occasions in any one year; after three visits, it is expected that the visitor will apply to become a Rackets Member. The same rule applies to Social and Country Members. Only Racket Sports Members may enter one of our Open Tournaments but visitors are welcome to enter Social Tournaments subject to the three occasion rule.

LTA Membership & the Wimbledon Tickets

West Heaton is affiliated to the LTA so LTA Membership (Lite) is free for all our Racket Sports members. You can register online by going to www.lta.org.uk/membership or by phoning 0845 873 7202. You should affiliate yourself to West Heaton and opt into the Wimbledon Ballot.

All LTA members must opt in each year (online or by phone, between September & February) to ensure we get our full allocation of tickets and to be eligible to enter the Club draw for tickets which is held in May. Watch out for an e-mail from the LTA in September and reminders from the club with details nearer the time. Details of our draw will be emailed towards the end of April.

 

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