The Connaught was originally established as a Tennis Club in 1885 and is steeped in a rich and varied history. We have 2 indoor hard courts, 4 outdoor acrylic courts and 3 shale/clay courts, 2 of which are covered during the winter season by an inflatable dome.
The club runs a large number of mens, ladies & mixed teams, as well as doubles & single internal leagues. We also run competitions for juniors and adults. Club Afternoons on Tuesdays & Thursdays provide an opportunity for social tennis. Just turn up and play!
Playing Season, Costs and Times
Tennis membership runs from the 1st April each year.
The Club opens at 8:00am Monday through to Sunday and closes at 10:30pm, with the courts available daily until 10pm.
Court bookings are available in 30 minute slots. All outdoor courts are included in the membership fee and cost £2.50 off peak (daytime to 5pm and all weekend) and £4 peak (from 5pm Monday – Friday).
Tennis Club Rules
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Membership, Court Times & Booking
Tennis membership runs from the 1st April each year. All outdoor courts are included in the membership, although indoor courts are extra.
|Membership||Joining Fee||Annual Fee 22/23|
|Full Membership||£25||£439.00 p.a|
|Family – 16/U, 18/U – Full Time Education||£50||£750.00 p.a|
|Midweek Member – Monday to Friday – 8.00am-4.00pm||£25||£260.00 p.a|
|Age 18-28/U||£15||£280.00 p.a|
|Age 13-18/U||£15||£170.00 p.a|
|Age 12/U – A parent must be a playing or social member||£15||£60.00 p.a|
Members can renew their membership through the Globus system or alternatively by cash, credit card or cheque at the club office. Members are provided with a unique ID and PIN number, which enable them to book courts from any online computer. On accessing your account you need to ‘top up’ your account. This is done again online and in multiples of £30, which gets drawn down as you book courts. There is a £2 fee if you use a credit card, but free when using a debit card.
The Club coaching programme is run by Andrew Foster and Dan Osben, who work closely with the Club to deliver a top-class programme suitable for both juniors and adults, from beginners to full time players. Andrew and Dan are supported by a number of high calibre coaches, including Rob Carter and Ash Simmonds, as well as some of our top Tour players.
Our in-house coaches are:-
DAN OSBEN | Head Club Pro
ANDREW FOSTER | Head of Performance
ASH SIMMONDS | Tennis Coach
FARHAD ATARODITEHRANI | Tennis Coach
POLINA MAYSTRENKO | Tennis Coach
ROB CARTER | Tennis Coach
The Foster Pro Tour
The Foster Pro Tour is aimed at high performance tennis players, male and female from 16+ years. Players with a professional world ranking of 3.1 on a pathway to pro circuit competition.
2 sessions every weekday 10:30-13:00 and 14:30-16:30
1 session on a Saturday 12:00-14:00
Sessions will be taken by a head coach and often with an assistant coach. Each player will work with Andrew Foster to set outcome goals which will be reviewed and adapted periodically.
The cost of the programme will be determined by the number of sessions each player is able to attend. For more information, please contact Andrew Foster on 07977 570823.
Mondays – 11.00-12.30 | Ladies Improver group coaching – £12 per session
Mondays – 19:30-21:00 | Mixed Intermediate coaching – £12 per session
Tuesdays – 19:00-20:00 | Ladies Beginners group coaching – £8 per session
Tuesdays – 20:00-21:30 | Men’s 2nd team training – £12 per session
Tuesdays – 12:30-14:30 | Club Afternoon £3 including tea and cake
Thursdays – 19:00-20:30 | Men’s 1st team training – £12 per session
Thursdays – 12:30-14:30 | Club Afternoon £3 including tea and cake
Fridays – 9.30-11:00 | Ladies Vets training – £10 per session
Fridays – 11:00-12:00 | Ladies Improver group – £8 per session
Sundays – 14:00-16:00 | Club Afternoon – £1.50
Club Afternoon runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.30-2.30 p.m. which are supervised sessions that all members are welcome to attend. These take place whatever the weather as indoor courts are always guaranteed.
The Club run a large number of junior groups for children from 3 years and upwards throughout the week. The LTA Mini Tennis programme is aimed at children aged 3-10 years. Here the children use smaller rackets and nets. The court size and slower balls are suitable for the child’s age.
From 10 years of age all juniors play with a yellow ball on a full court. The Club offer a large number of groups for all juniors which include drills, match-play and themed lessons. These lessons take place midweek from 4 pm onwards and on a Saturday and Sunday from 9 am.
Saturday coaching – Minis from 3 years to 18 years | £8 per hour
Midweek and Sunday coaching – Mini Red Tennis | £10 per hour session
Mini Orange Tennis | £11 per hour session
Yellow Ball Sessions | £12 per hour
The tennis section of the Club has a full social calendar allowing new and old members to mix and mingle regularly both on and off court. Throughout the year there are a number of social tournaments which members are encouraged to sign up to. These vary from year to year but include a wooden rackets competition, Pro-Am and family tennis events.