Welcome to Oakham Lawn Tennis Club!
The ‘Lawn’ part of the Club in our name refers to the early days of the Club, in the 1920s, when two grass courts were made available to the people of Oakham, when the single grass court in the Castle grounds became overgrown. The current Club was formed circa 1952 and all-weather surfaces were provided in the 1970s. We had a fourth court added in the late 1990s and the new floodlighting has been available since 2014.
We are a friendly Club providing open access to all those who wish to play tennis, regardless of age or abilities.
We have resident coaches who are available to provide both individual and group coaching at all levels. Please contact Dan Potter initially (contact details under Committee Members) to see if you can benefit from any of the available coaching.
Tennis Activities and Court Availability
We offer ‘mix-in’ sessions (as shown on the Schedule on the last page), where any member can simply turn up, be assured of a warm welcome and join in and play.
Juniors may join in these sessions also, if they have reached an appropriate standard (which is to be determined by the coaching staff).
Team practices are also offered (see Schedule). Courts must be booked in advance through the online booking system on the website (oakhamltc.org.uk).
Our separate court (Court 1) is available to members of the general public and bookings can be made through Dan Potter on 07834 470940 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org and Jane Gilmore on 01572 737324.
The use of the floodlights is free to members and the procedure for booking and usage, which has time constraints, is on the clubhouse noticeboard.
We organise various social events throughout the year and are always looking for new ideas and volunteers, so if you can help, do contact any member of the Committee.
The Club has several teams in local leagues, catering for men, ladies, mixed and seniors, as well as very successful junior teams. If you wish to be considered for a team place, please contact the Match Secretary who will put you in touch with the relevant team captain. In addition, the Club organises internal competitions for both adult and junior members and more informal tournaments for all, details of which can be found on the clubhouse noticeboard.
The Club is registered with the Lawn Tennis Association as a member of the Leicestershire Lawn Tennis Association. As a consequence, we do operate some Club Rules to ensure that the facilities are kept up to standard and that everyone can enjoy their tennis in a safe environment. A full set of the Club Rules is displayed on the clubhouse noticeboard and the following rules apply to everyday use of the facilities:
1 –If you find a problem, please record the details in the Defect Report Book (which is kept in the kitchen in the clubhouse).
2 – The courts are open to the elements and so each player should make their own decision about whether it is safe to play or not. Please avoid playing when the courts are frosty, have standing water or if exceptionally hot conditions make the playing surface soft.
3 –Please do not take chairs onto the Courts and ensure that you leave the nets down after play and leave the courts in a clean and tidy condition.
4 – Members may invite guests to play up to a maximum of four times and should sign in their guests in the book provided in the kitchen in the Clubhouse and pay the guest fee of £5 for each session. This can be given to a Committee member or left in a named envelope in the letterbox.
5 – Children are welcome but must be supervised at all times. Please ensure that if your child is receiving coaching, then you should make the coach aware of your arrival and hand over of the child, and that you are available in good time to pick up at the end of any coaching session.
6 – If you believe that you will be the last member to leave the premises, please ensure that both the clubhouse door and the external gate are locked.
A complete list of Club Policies and Procedures and other information can be found on the Club website (oakhamltc.org.uk). The Club also has a Facebook page.
Health and Safety
A First Aid box is available in the kitchen in the Clubhouse and contains limited resources to deal with minor injuries. Please report any shortages in the Defects Report Book. Remember that tennis can be a dangerous game, so please take care! The Accident and Emergency Policy is displayed on the noticeboard in the kitchen.
If you should have any complaints about any aspect of the Club, then do draw this to the attention of any member of the Committee, and we will try to deal with the matter as expeditiously as possible. A formal Complaints Policy is provided on the clubhouse noticeboard.
At our Club, we take the issue of Safeguarding for our members, children, vulnerable adults and visitors very seriously. We have a policy in place, based on the LTA guidelines, which can be found on our web site and on the clubhouse notice board. We also display prominently, a poster which provides a variety of contact points to suit all circumstances.