We are a successful and friendly tennis club in South Buckinghamshire, between Slough and Beaconsfield. Farnham Common Tennis Club has two TigerTurf floodlit courts and four all-weather tennis courts. We have over 220 tennis members. We currently run many teams in Bucks leagues: 2 ladies teams, 2 mixed teams and 2 men's teams in the summer (April to September) and continue with slightly fewer teams in the winter (October to March) that are mainly for veterans (over 40/45). There is plenty of recreational tennis for all ages and a club bar to refresh you after play.
Membership Renewals It's time to renew if you aren't on monthly Direct Debit. You can't play until you do. The tennis membership year is the same as the calendar year, but you can join at any time using monthly direct debit. Fees are again frozen for adults, and lower for those under 25 (working or studying) who can now join for £90 - less than half the full adult rate). The junior rate is now only £60 and minis (now under 10) only £45. Also, one parent/guardian gets social membership free! Join or renew here - its an all-online process!
Not played tennis much?
Don't worry if you haven't played a lot or are rusty. There are various ways to get back into tennis, and one way is to come along to the club to try it out. Our coach offers courses to get you back into playing again in a fun way, and you don't have to be a member. Here is a Vimeo testimony from a recently joined member. For general coaching information please check out the coaching page (which is also accessed by the Coaching tab above).
If you have just joined, check out the Membership Page (also found by the Membership Tab above) and also the FAQs (also via the FAQ tab above). You can bring proof of membership on your phone.
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The tennis membership subscription year is the same as the calendar year. You can pay monthly by direct debit if you prefer. To join Farnham Common Tennis Club you can find membership details on this page. Online membership forms are completed easily and simply - see main club subscription page for details. You can collect your own court key at the bar (£5 deposit) - you can carry proof of membership on your phone. Social membership is included - the bar is open weekday evenings from 6pm, Saturdays 11am-11pm and Sundays 11am-6pm. Contact details for tennis club officers are available on this page, should you have any further questions or if you want to sample what we have to offer.
Farnham Common Sports Club
As part of the larger Farnham Common Sports Club, we also offer exceptional social and changing facilities as well as the opportunity to join our other sports sections. There is also a modern Activities Room that run fitness and lifestyle classes. Full details are accessed through the Farnham Common Sports Club home page.
Our floodlights on the top courts are available every day except Sunday. Tokens costing £2 for half an hour are available from behind the bar. You can play up to 9:00 any evening except Sundays.
We have the option of coaching for all members and also non-members, no matter what your skill level is, there will be something we can do to help improve your tennis. Our head coach is Stephen Wright. Please check out the coaching page for more information (which is also accessed by the Coaching tab above). Stephen is on 07946 491 696 or email@example.com.
Sportscene is your local racket sports specialist, offering 15% discount to all members of FCSC with their membership card (but not on sale items or restrings and repairs). It is at 43 Station Road, Beaconsfield HP9 1QG Tel: 01494 674 533. Due to Stephen's (our coach) association with Wigmore Sports, discounts are available. Please contact Stephen for more information.
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Latest News 27th July 2020
Tennis courts are open for singles and doubles play Club Nights are resuming but modified by the 'group of six' rule. Each group must be pre-booked using WhatsApp.
Summary of latest LTA update – 21 July 2020 Following revised guidance by the government, the LTA have updated their Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines for tennis in England. You can find the full guidelines here: https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19---latest-advice/
Members must remain aware that any activities, including tennis, have the potential to increase the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
There are new pre-attendance symptom check guidelines. Anyone attending the club should undergo a pre-attendance self-assessment for any COVID-19 symptoms using the information on the NHS website before leaving home. No-one should participate in tennis if they, or someone they live with, has any symptoms of COVID-19.
If someone who has played tennis at the club develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must follow the Government’s “NHS Test & Trace” guidelines which can be read on Gov.uk website. FCTC will be able to assist with supporting the NHS Test & Trace, if necessary, by contacting any members who have played and who may be affected using information from WhatsApp club social tennis attendance records and membership list information. In order to support this, all members should keep a record of when they have played tennis, and who with, for three weeks.
If someone is in a clinically vulnerable group (e.g. over 70), they can play tennis but should be especially careful and diligent about social distancing and hand hygiene.
Singles and doubles can now be played with people from different households, as long as players remain 2 metres apart as far as possible.
Recreational competitions and club nights can now take place as long as social distancing guidelines are adhered to. FCTC suggests that anyone wishing to participate at a club social session joins the relevant WhatsApp group to declare their interest in attending on the day so that numbers can be managed in accordance with current guidelines.
Coaching sessions for children are now limited to groups of 15 children (plus coach/es).
Coaching sessions for adults may now take place in larger groups, provided that venues and coaches follow COVID-19 secure guidance.
Activities such as summer camps with multiple groups are permitted, as long as each group is kept separate and the sessions are run independently.
Supporters, parents and other spectators should remain socially distanced. Where attendance of a parent/guardian is required, this should be limited to one per player where possible. (Children aged 12 and under playing independently should be supervised).
Players should limit interaction with anyone outside of the group they are playing tennis with (e.g. players on another court or in a different coaching group).
Best practices in relation to hygiene from the LTA and government should continue to be followed, including:
Washing hands before leaving home, and directly on return from a tennis session and take a hand sanitiser with you to the courts.
Clean hands with hand sanitiser before and after touching the gate, padlock and net winder or minimise contact by using clean tissues, wipes or gloves.
Avoid touching your face.
Take all your own equipment, including racquets, grips, hats and towels.
If players wish to, they can choose to use their own marked tennis balls. If players choose to use shared balls then extra care must be taken regarding not touching your face and hand hygiene after play. Players should still avoid using their hands to pick up tennis balls from other courts where possible and instead use racquet/foot to return them to other players.
Players should take all belongings home at the end of a session (including any rubbish, to dispose of at home).
Ensure no physical contact between players during warm-ups or games.
Please note that FCTC pavilion currently remains closed; the tennis committee will review and plan for the safe re-opening of the pavilion and toilet facilities in due course.
Please contact a member of the tennis committee if you have any tennis questions, or if your query is related to coaching please contact Stephen Wright on 07946 491696 or firstname.lastname@example.org. FCTC Committee
Regular Club Evenings
Club Nights have a start time of 6:00. A modified club evening arrangement is now operating. For Ladies and Mens nights using WhatsApp to allocate players to groups of 6 or less. Ladies Club Nights are Mondays Mixed Club 'Nights' are Wednesdays Men's Club Nights are Thursdays. The club Sunday morning session remains at 10:30am throughout the year - all are welcome! Many members who play regularly on Wednesdays in days without light evenings start progressively earlier in the autumn (back to about 2:00 by December) and then later in Spring to allow for about two hours daylight playing time.
We want all members and others to feel that they can play tennis in a safe environment. We have three policies that help provide this. They can be downloaded from the Safeguarding and Data page (see tab above or here).
We are part of Farnham Common Sports Club and adhere to its data protection policy. We receive limited membership details from FCSC and keep sufficient details to allow us to maintain membership records and inform members of club events.
Please keep our courts clean!
Mud is still being brought onto our top courts, causing problems. Mud is the enemy of Tigerturf. Please bring outdoor shoes to get to the tennis pavilion and THEN change into your tennis shoes. Please also ensure your child gets into this habit.
Junior Summer Camps Are Here! Due to the current unusual circumstances our coach is offering extra junior tennis camps at Farnham Common: Summer Tennis Camps 9am-12pm each day
The mixed teams played in the Farnham Common Winter League (see FCWL tab above) which is also suspended.
The TigerTurf top courts are now most members' preferred surface. A very big 'thank you' to the following businesses for their generous contributions to make TigerTurf happen: Kitchen Art - website The Shanly Foundation - website. and Ashford Kitchens and Interiors - website
In summer when there is a cricket match on, it is safer to park your car in the main car park. Cricket balls can break car windows. If walking to the main clubhouse, look out for cricket balls going over the boundary.
Past Club News
AGM Thursday 21st November 2019
A good number of members attended the tennis club AGM, where the year's activities were reviewed, prizes were awarded and next year's officers elected. Draft minutes are here.
It was a glorious summery September Saturday for the Club Championships Ladies doubles winners were Jill and Maggie. . Mixed doubles winners were Lucinda and Peter. Singles honours went to Sue and Rob, and the Mens doubles winners were Paul and Will. Spectators, human and canine, basked in sunshine and were treated to closely fought contests, including two tie-breaks. Photos are here. Thanks to social sectretary Karen for organising a great day.
A new range of adult coaching group classes is now available. This is particularly useful if you are an improver or intermediate player. Please see coach Stephen's webpage.
Our Coach, Stephen Wright, has a Spring 2020 Coaching Schedulecan be viewed and downloaded here. Easter and Summer Camps will be run this year across all three clubs that our coach is at. The camps help keep young players' skills developing during the school holidays (and give parents a well-earned break). For more details see Stephen's web page by clicking on the Coaching tab above. Courses provide excellent opportunities for juniors to progress and enjoy the game even more. There is term-time coaching for juniors in various age groups on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. There is also coaching for older juniors on Tuesday afternoons.
Young players' County training
We have now have six young players training with the county. More details are on the coaching page. Congratulations to all six!
There is also Aspirantes traiining for young players who are able to undertake more extensive training and play in tournaments..
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