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We are a large but friendly lawn tennis club based at Bishop Sutton, ten miles south of Bristol. Members come from all around the Chew Valley area. Our registered charity number is 1097418. Our club is located on the eastern side of Bishop Sutton, next to the A368, where we have five courts, and 2 mini tennis courts.
The club has embraced the development strategies of both Avon County LTA and BANES and is working with them to encourage the growth of tennis in the local schools. The club is unlike almost every other tennis club in Avon in that it fulfils two roles. Besides being a normal club for serious tennis players it also has an important role to play in the community as a village amenity, where people can come and enjoy themselves with their friends and families.
Much of the weekend is given over to juniors, for group and individual coaching, junior club and matches, with comparatively light usage by senior members. During the school holidays many families make use of the courts.
We offer coaching to beginners, with the well supported Monday Beginners & Improvers club night, even if you've never played before, you can join the club and start enjoying the game. There is also our new Improvers club night on Thursday evenings. As well as providing improving beginners with an opportunity to gain more experience and consistency before joining in one of the other club sessions, this session is also popular among more able players wanting to play at a less demanding level.
In addition to the club nights, there are sessions for social play. We have teams entered in the Avon and National Club Leagues, including Veterans. We run Box Singles Leagues for the more energetic, as well as the occasional social tournament and the annual club championships. There is plenty of opportunity for competitive play as well. Our Tuesday night Match Practice sessions for team standard players has increased in popularity and has proved its worth in the improved positions of our teams in the leagues, with both our 2nd and 3rd Men’s teams getting promoted (2008 summer season).
A programme of activities including regular coaching, squad practice all under the direction of our highly experienced Junior Coaches, provides ample opportunities for our 6 to 18 year olds.
We are not as big as some Avon/Somerset tennis clubs; we are certainly not elite, but we do enjoy our social tennis as well as giving those with ability the chance to progress.