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 180 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.
Annual 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 1st June 2020
Coronavirus update 1st June 2020 Tennis courts are now open for singles and doubles play
Doubles Play is now allowed
Good News! Following the further easing of restrictions, the LTA has updated its practical guidelines for venues, coaches and players, and from June 1st we are allowed to play doubles: “Both singles play and doubles play is now permitted with people from outside of your household, as long as you remain 2 meters apart as far as possible – meaning that 4 people from different households can now play doubles” The full updated LTA guidance for players can be found here: LTA guidance for tennis players A summary of key updates is below: · [NEW] For doubles, consider agreeing in advance which player will take the shot if a ball travels to the centre of the court · [NEW] Players do not now need to use their own clearly marked tennis balls – however, if you choose to use shared balls then extra care must be taken to ensure you do not touch your face during play, and you should clean your hands before play and immediately after finishing (you an bring alcohol gel) · [NEW] Hand hygiene continues to be imperative - use alcohol gel to clean your hands after touching a shared surface. Coaches will now be able to run small group sessions and Stephen Wright will be contacting members with further details of what will be on offer. For further information please contact him on 07946 491 696 or email@example.com Guidance with regard to advised social distancing measures is provided on the Government website: Staying alert and safe - Social Distancing GOV.UK
For tennis, the best practices in relation to hygiene from the LTA and the government can be summarised as follows:
Wash hands before leaving home, and directly on return from a tennis session (or clean hands after play with a sanitiser if not going directly back home).
Take hand sanitiser with you to the courts.
Clean hands with 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.
Bring your own tennis balls that are clearly marked (e.g. with your initials).
Avoid using your hands to pick up tennis balls that are not yours - use your racquet/foot to hit/kick them to your opponent or return them to another court.
Activity should be in line with Government social distancing measures at all times which means basically not coming within a 2 metre distance of any person outside of your household, including when arriving and departing from a court.
Avoid chasing the ball down to another court if other players are using it.
Players are advised not to change ends during play, but if you do then use opposite ends of the net.
Ensure no physical contact between players during warm-ups or games.
If the situation changes in relation to use of the tennis courts and pavilion then an update will be sent to members.
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 491 696 or firstname.lastname@example.org FCTC Committee
Regular Club Evenings Suspended
When they resume, Club Nights have a start time of 6:00. Ladies Club 'Nights' are Mondays Mixed Club 'Nights' are Wednesdays Men's Club 'Nights' are Thursdays. Please note that ladies night is now Monday - this was decided by a survey vote of ladies. Now we have floodlights, these sessions can be extended to 9:00pm, so we will continue them thoughout the year if there is demand. 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.
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
Club AGM was 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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