Rusty Rackets & Beginners

Rusty Rackets & Beginners

“Give Tennis a Go” – why not become a GTAG member? If you’re new to tennis or would like to improve your skills with similar level players, then you’ll find a warm welcome at Halton. The perfect way to start is with a Rusty Rackets session – it’ll help you get more out of your game.

Concern about being good enough to join a tennis club or having been on the receiving end of a poor experience at school are often mentioned as the main reasons people are worried about taking up the game of tennis. Some 15 years ago here at Halton we took on the challenge to solve this and provide a safe, fun experience – so we invented ‘rusties’. Since then we have welcomed and encouraged hundreds of people to take up the game. It’s simply the best way to start or restart playing tennis. You can come to the twice weekly sessions free within your Full or GTAG membership as well as enjoy casual play with other members. GTAG membership also benefits from being cheaper than full membership.

Meeting new friends and enjoying a coach-led fun session hitting loads of balls is our mantra – so why not become a GTAG member and give it a go!

To become a GTAG member please fill out our membership form and return it to the office.

For all enquiries or to book a visit please contact the office.

Rusty Rackets doing exercises at Halton

"Great fun, great people, great coaching...not only the highlight of my tennis week but the highlight of my week full stop!"

— Scott, GTAG member

Rustys fun!

Sessions

Our aims are to hit lots of tennis balls, do some drills and games, and offer some hints & tips on the game of doubles. Coaching courses for beginners are also available. Plus, we also run Rusty Fun Tournaments.

Day Time Organiser
Thurs 7 – 8.30pm Nick Leighton
Sat 4 – 5.30pm Nick Leighton

Sessions include use of indoor courts during inclement weather

To start your Halton GTAG membership please complete our form:

For all enquiries or to book a visit please contact the office.

Rusty Rackets group on Halton's courts

Good to know

Halton tennis membership

Having moved from another club it has been very noticeable just what a friendly, positive and professional Club Halton is.

— Richard, member


Tennis for the Community

Tennis for the Community

Our Welcome to Halton community sessions are FREE and part of our wish to help those in the local community recover from the chaos that the pandemic has caused in so many people’s lives through some physical wellbeing and social fun.

Following on from our very popular sessions during summer 2022, we will be running them again next year, from April to July 2023 on Mondays 9.30-10.30.

The sessions are social, outdoors (weather permitting), court-based physical activity led by our coaches. No prior experience is needed and all equipment is provided. These sessions are open to adults of all ages and abilities. Our cafe is open after each session to enjoy a coffee, cake or some lunch.

Our community sessions are all about improving physical and mental wellbeing and having fun at the same time.

If you’d like to come along please first contact the office and we’ll see you on court soon!

Tennis games during Community Tennis at Halton

"I haven't picked up a racket since I was 14. The coaches are all very friendly and encouraging, they make each session unique and fun with a mix of different challenges and games. I've improved my fitness and confidence, met a great group of new friends to have coffee with after and am really enjoying myself. If you have thoughts holding you back, I highly recommend just giving it a go. I have loved every second!"

— Katherine

Tennis for the Community

RAF Tennis

RAF tennis

Halton has been the home to Royal Air Force Tennis since 1929. In 1983 the RAF Halton Tennis Club began a partnership with Halton Village Lawn Tennis Club, the success of which led to formal partnership in 2001, culminating in the thriving club we know today.

The RAF LTA is proud to offer Royal Air Force Regular and Reserve personnel the opportunity to play tennis at Halton, no matter what ability, with events throughout the season catering for all standards.

All serving members and their families are welcome to join the tennis centre/gym and enjoy the facilities and organised tennis activities on offer.

Contact Gill Roe on 07922 012443 for RAF membership rates.

RAF Tennis player

Events

Whether you aspire to represent the RAF or even the UK Armed Forces, or simply to enjoy your time on court, RAF events have something for everyone; the Summer and Winter Championships has a variety of competitions plus daily coaching activities and social events, Tennis for All days provide coaching and fun matchplay, and the early season Novices Tournament and end of season Team Tennis Tournament give players a chance to compete with players of similar ability in a relaxed environment.

Performance Tennis

The RAF competes annually against the Royal Navy and Army at the Inter-Services, with the ‘A’ tournament played on the grass at Wimbledon, and ‘B’ tournament played at a Service venue (Halton for RAF, Aldershot for Army and Portsmouth for Royal Navy). Performance players also get to play prestigious fixtures against Wimbledon AELTC, Surbiton LTC and The Hurlingham Club.

The Ladies’ and Men’s Captains like to talk with players throughout the season about their progress to being selected for either the A or B Squad, and talented players will have the opportunity to join the Development Squad to help them achieve their maximum potential.

Travel

RAF Tennis regularly travels abroad to train and compete. Recent years have seen the Performance Teams compete against NATO allies in Holland, Belgium and Sardinia as well as host our NATO compatriots at Halton. Performance Teams have also trained at the world famous IMG Bollettieri Academy in Florida and on the grass of the Stuttgart Open.

In addition, the RAF LTA organises overseas visits for players of all standards, prioritising those most committed to playing and organising, such as a visit to Dubai where the RAF played with Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli and played a big part in setting a then world record.

"Halton Tennis Centre has always been the spiritual home of Royal Air Force Tennis - an ongoing association we are very proud of."

— Sqn Ldr Damian Gange

RAF balloon over Halton Tennis Centre

RAF Tennis logo

For more info, news, fixtures and results please visit the RAF tennis website and join us on:
Instagram
Facebook (interest page open to all)
Facebook (group page for serving personnel – approval required)
Or email RAF Tennis


Disability Tennis

Disability tennis

Everyball Enabled is a very well established provider of disability tennis programmes for children and adults alike, with over 15 years experience. We pride ourselves on creating a safe and nurturing environment for everyone. Our aim is to motivate, inspire and enable people of all abilities, through the power of tennis and sport, to achieve the best they can whilst making friends and having lots of fun along the way!

Wheelchair tennis at Halton

Programmes

5 to 18 years, Saturday 1-2pm, indoor

Our hugely popular DSA session runs at a ratio of nearly 1:1 (player:helper) by using our brilliant junior helpers alongside our coaches. We play lots of fun tennis and ball games, to help develop agility, balance and co‐ordination skills. We’re always running, throwing, jumping, hitting and laughing throughout the whole session!

12-1pm, Wednesdays, indoor

We have a thriving session for those who have a visual impairment. Our indoor session using soundballs is fantastic fun and all are welcome.

Everyball Enabled regularly reaches out beyond Halton, we curently run a project for students with SEND in 6 local schools.

Working alongside South Bucks School Sports Partnership, we provide Festival sessions throughout the year. At each festival we welcome up to 75 children with SEND (Special Educational Needs or Disabilities) for a fun packed introduction to tennis.

"The ladies are absolutely loving this session and we have seen their confidence and self-esteem soar."

— Helen Krauze, Nclude UK

Disabled player at Halton Tennis Centre

Funding

Wheelchair users at Halton

Accessibility

Halton Tennis Centre’s facilities are accessible to wheelchair users, including our indoor courts and the Clubhouse café/bar. Accessible toilets are in the clubhouse (coming summer 2022) and fitness centre. Please contact Roy Knight (07857 929886) if you have any questions or to let us know how we can better assist you.

 


Kid's Tennis

Kid's tennis

Welcoming all children to the game of tennis is a very special part of our club, and Halton is the leading club in Bucks for young players at any age or stage. Our Everyball coaches are hugely committed to engaging and helping them get the most from their tennis and believe that each is talented, each is different and all are valued.

Please note that kid’s membership is included within Everyball coaching course fees for all mini red/orange/green players. Yellow ball age group children pay a standard membership. See Levels below for details.

To become a member please fill out our membership form and return it to the office.

To book kid's Camps or Courses with our Everyball team click below:

For all enquiries or to book a visit please email the office or contact Gill Roe on 07922 012443.

Kid's group

Levels

Group coaching courses are run each week focusing on the ABCs – Agility, Balance & Coordination.

There is no membership fee.

Group coaching courses are run each week.

The cost of membership is included in your coaching course fee.

The perfect jumping off point to Junior tennis. Group Coaching courses are run each week.

The cost of membership is included in your coaching course fee.

Helping our young players take tennis to the next level. Group Coaching courses are run each week.

Juniors age 11+ membership can be purchased by contacting the office. The current cost is £180pa.

Junior sessions

Day Time Organiser
Mon 5 – 6.30pm Coaching Team
Sat * 12 – 1.30pm Coaching Team

* Includes use of indoor courts during inclement weather.

Parties

Let us host your party! We can offer birthday parties with tennis, catering heaps of fun for all. Contact the office for more information and to check availability. “It was super!! The children absolutely loved the tennis and some of the parents are now looking into membership and the summer camps.” – Sarah, parent.

Prepping for kids party

"I've been bringing my 3 sons to play tennis at Halton for nearly 8 years. You will be treated like one of the family."

— Sarah, parent

Kids playing with adults at Halton Tennis Centre

Good to know

Providing a safe, secure environment for our young guests is our highest priority. For detailed information see our safeguarding policies above. If you would like to raise any issues or just have a chat with our Welfare & Safeguarding Officer, please contact Tom Mayer on  or 07771 701629.

We proudly support:


Indoor courts

Indoor courts

Indoor tennis court player at Halton

Prices

Use of indoor courts is included within all Club sessions. For casual/private bookings, the courts may be booked by members and non-members at the following rates:

Booking type Price per hour
Single (members*/non-members) £20 / £30
Block** (members*/non-members) £16 / £26

* Members rate is only applicable if ALL players on court are members. If anyone playing is a non-member then the non-member rate applies to the booking.
** A series of bookings covering up to 3 months ahead.

"I've been a member of a number of clubs but none have matched the facilities here. The air domes are a really important part of that."

— Joe, member

Doubles on the indoor courts

Indoor Mini Zone

Our 3-court indoor Mini Zone provides a unique facility for our younger players.

Mini zone courts for the under 7’s can be booked for £6.00 an hour (members and non-members). It is also available for non-tennis activities to hire (cost £30ph) – contact the office for details and to book.

Minis in the air dome
Indoor mini zone
Mini zone
Kid's tennis on the indoor courts

Facilities

Facilities

Tennis courts and air domes
Mini courts
Table tennis tables
Players on court with Clubhouse in the background
Tennis racket stringing service
Player on clay court

Club activities

"Having moved from another club it has been very noticeable just what a friendly, positive and professional Club Halton is."

— Richard, member

Halton tennis membership

Membership

Membership

To become a member please fill out our membership form and return it to the office.

For all enquiries or to book a visit please email the office or contact Ellen Moret on 07801 433673.

Halton tennis member

Club activities

Our adult organised club sessions are included as part of your membership and are at the heart of the club, with over 15 hours of organised doubles play available each week indoor and outdoor.

Our organised club sessions allow you to simply turn up with your racket and get mixed into doubles play for 30 minutes on the hour & half hour. We also host 15 internal social competitions, giving you the chance to take part in some friendly yet competitive tennis. Click below for details.

Day Session Time
Monday Juniors 5-6:30pm
Tuesday Mix-in 11:30-1pm
Tuesday Mens Night 6:30-9pm
Wednesday Ladies Night 6:30-9pm
Thursday Mix-in 7-9pm
Thursday Rusty Rackets 7-8:30pm
Friday Mix-in 11:30-1pm
Friday Night Mix-in 6:00-9pm
Friday Fun Night with Coaches
Saturday Juniors 12-1:30pm
Saturday Beginners & Rusty Rackets 4-5:30pm
Sunday Mix-in 10-1pm

  • Walker Cup - Spring Mixed Doubles
  • Members Cup - Summer Team Tennis
  • Open Season Tournament
  • End of Season Tournament
  • Pop-Up Tournaments
  • Monthly Ladies Tournament
  • T-Cup and T-Plate Tournament
  • Festival of Tennis Week
  • Box League Singles (Oct-April)
  • Box League Doubles (Oct-April)
  • Mens Team Training with Roy
  • Rusty Rackets Summer Tournament
  • Rusty Rackets Winter Tournament
  • Juniors - Road to Wimbledon
  • Juniors - Quorn Family Tennis Tournament

At Halton Tennis Centre, we have a team for every player and we currently field over 50 teams including summer and winter National League Teams and Buckinghamshire County Teams.

We also host regular internal competitions each year for those who wish to take part in social competitive tennis against other members of the club.

For more information on our teams contact:

Ellen Moret (Fixtures Secretary) - 07801 433673

or our Captains:

Rob Pain (Joint Mens Captain) - 07860 888015
David Barnett (Joint Mens Captain) - 07973 835327
Jemima King (Joint Ladies Captain) - 07970 815893

If you’re new to tennis or would like to improve your skills with similar level players, then you’ll find a warm welcome at Halton. The perfect way to start is with a Rusty Rackets session – it’ll help you get more out of your game.

Read more on our Rusties page.

Cardio tennis is suitable for everyone of all standards, and it’s included as a Club session within your membership. It’s lots of fun! Look at this intro video from the LTA to see why it’s so popular.

Run by our coaching team, it’s a really fun, inclusive session. No booking needed, just lots of enthusiasm and a smile – so come along and try a session (or as much as you can manage) – everyone welcome!

 

Day Time Organiser
Mon 7 – 8pm Coaching Team

Tournaments

The highlight of our annual tennis calendar is undoubtedly the Club Festival of Tennis & Club Championships, held during the summer. It culminates in a long weekend in early September with the final rounds and a big party. There are events for everyone and our Director of Tennis ensures every player gets to play in as many matches as possible. Throughout the year we also host a number of pop-up events with a selection of fun competitions run at weekends or holiday times by coaches or senior club members.

There is a consistent emphasis on competition, and most of our social events include this element. We have a number of other tournaments throughout the year to keep you playing and these include:

  • Adult & Child Tournaments
  • Pro-Ams and charity fundraisers
  • T-Cup (mixed doubles)
  • Start of Summer Season Tournament
  • Chairman’s Cup (mixed doubles)
  • Rusty Rackets – Autumn, Summer & Winter
  • End of Summer Season Tournament
  • Sunday Summer Members Team Cup

Box leagues

“Box leagues have revolutionised our members’ matchplay – as a result our teams in the leagues are far stronger and the players more competitive.” Mike James, Director of Tennis

Started in 2011, the box leagues have brought a completely new dimension to traditional club tennis and have really caught the imagination of many members who want more competitive tennis. It’s also had an added benefit for members to meet others that they perhaps wouldn’t normally come across in club sessions.

We run singles and doubles box league matches (similar to ladders) all year round for all members who want additional fun and competitive tennis in a relaxed club environment. Join more than 140 players who take part in our box leagues.

"Having moved from another club it has been very noticeable just what a friendly, positive and professional Club Halton is."

— Richard, member

Halton tennis membership

Membership subscriptions

Membership type Annual Monthly
Full adult £678 £61
Off Peak * £436 £43
Under 30s £390 £35
Student (under 25s) £276 £28
GTAG **
Give Tennis Another Go!
If you are new or returning to tennis then try this and enjoy lots of benefits
£436 £43
Junior – U18 £180 n/a
Mini *** £40† n/a
Family **** £1356 £123
Young family (under 40) **** £872 £86

Joining Fee £150 per household (not applicable for juniors)
Tennis members are also entitled to a 20% discount off gym membership
* Off Peak – to 4pm weekdays
** A Joining Fee of £50 is payable (if you switch to full membership in due course then this is offset against the full membership joining fee)
*** Mini membership year runs from 1st September to 31 August
**** Family is 2 adults and unlimited kids
† For Minis signed up for a coaching course this is included in the course price

To start your Halton membership please complete our form:

For all enquiries or to book a visit please email the office or contact Ellen Moret on 07801 433673.

Halton tennis doubles players shaking hands

Good to know

Halton tennis membership

Having moved from another club it has been very noticeable just what a friendly, positive and professional Club Halton is.

— Richard, member