junior tennis

Welcome to the Junior section of Chorley Tennis Club.
Chorley Tennis Club highly values its junior members, warmly welcoming all newcomers and encouraging young players to join the seniors on court. It’s a great place to play tennis, whether you’re a junior who’s looking for a friendly introduction to the sport or a more advanced player seeking competitive play.

Free Membership for Age Six & Under
Seeking to introduce more youngsters to the game, Chorley Tennis Club offers free membership for juniors aged 6 and under who are participating in coaching sessions at the Club. The membership comes with all of the benefits of full junior membership!

Club members will provide information about events and opportunities for juniors at the club during the summer.
Chorley Tennis Club is based next to Chorley Cricket Club and is best accessed via the pathway from Walgarth Drive. The nearest postcode for the pathway is PR7 2QW.
Anyone interested in coming along, or who would like to know more, please phone or email Keith Eckersall on 07772 825548 or eckerskeith@aol.com

In July 2011, Chorley Tennis Club were awarded Tennis Clubmark, a nationally recognised quality accreditation scheme for sports clubs with junior sections. Tennis Clubmark ensures that Chorley Tennis Club:
• has a fair and transparent operational structure
• adheres to best practice policies and procedures around safeguarding junior and adult members/users
• delivers a comprehensive and all-encompassing tennis programme for all ages and abilities
• produces a clear plan of action for long term sustainability and future growth

Tennis Committee
A dedicated Tennis Committee ensures that the Club is a great place for juniors to play tennis. Our head of tennis, child protection officer, coaches and junior team captains work together to improve tennis for Chorley’s juniors.

Two LTA licensed and fully qualified coaches (Stuart Grice and Simon Brewer) lead the coaching sessions taking place at Chorley Tennis Club. Coaching is available to all standards of player and is offered on a group and individual basis. By licensing through the LTA, our coaches ensure that their knowledge and skills are up-to-date and that they are aware of important changes and modern standards.

We intend to run Summer Camps throughout school holidays as usual this year. For details please contact Stuart Grice: 07709 816951 or rootstennis@hotmail.co.uk

Coaching starting on 16th and 19th April

Day Time Age Coach
Tuesday & Friday 5.30-6.15 7 and under Stuart Grice
Tuesday & Friday 6.15-7.15 8-11 years Stuart Grice
Tuesday & Friday 7.15-8.15 12 years + Stuart Grice

Members and non-members are welcome. Costs are for a block of six weeks and there is a discount for members.

Other coaching
Simon Brewer occasionally leads group coaching for older children; this varies from season to season.

Pay to Play Saturday from May every year
Pay to Play sessions take place at the Club on Saturday mornings. These are run by Chris Bolton and Peter Baldwin and are open to both members and non-members. Players do not need to book a place; just turn up on the day.

  Time Ability
Session 1 9.30 to 10.30am Young Beginners
Session 2 10.30-11.30am Intermediate

Junior Teams
We are currently represented in the Ribble League by an U14 team.

Throughout the year, Chorley Tennis Club runs competitions for its junior members, including:
• annual Junior Tournament
• John Chatterley Doubles Tournament
• American Tournaments
* new singles juniors tournament run by Paula and Adrian Thornton:

Junior Singles
Boys Under 16 and Girls Under 16 (currently in School Year 11 or lower)
Boys Under 14 and Girls Under 14 (currently in School Year 9 or lower)
Boys Under 12 and Girls Under 12 (currently in School Year 7 or lower)
Entry to these events is free.

Family Doubles. This will be handicapped and each team will comprise one parent (any age) and one child under 16 (currently School Year 11 or lower). Entry to this event is £3 per pair.

To enter, contact Adrian Thornton by text or email by 30 April.
Text: 07896 004057 Email: at001G5474@blueyonder.co.uk

The Club celebrates its juniors’ success at Presentation Evening with prizes and trophies galore!

Social Tennis
Saturday afternoons are Juniors’ time. Please note, these sessions are informal and unsupervised, see above.

Advanced Juniors are also welcome to join in with the Club’s senior social tennis sessions on a Tuesday evening and on a Sunday afternoon. These timeslots are set aside for informal friendly games for those looking to just turn up and play. Juniors also have priority over Court One during this time for their own play.

Chorley Tennis Club not only has five full-sized all-weather courts, but also two mini tennis courts, which are a great introduction to the sport for our mini juniors. The Club also provides mini tennis equipment at its mini red, orange and green coaching sessions. Chorley’s juniors also have access to court number 1, one of the full-sized courts, at most times.

Junior Contacts
For matters connected to Junior tennis:
Keith Eckersall on 07772 825548 or eckerskeith@aol.com

If you are unable to contact Steve and your enquiry is urgent, please contact coach Stuart Grice on 07709 816951 or use the Club email which is checked by several people regularly: secctc@gmail.com

Coach – Stuart Grice: Stuart Grice: 07709 816951

Saturday Pay to Play Session – Peter Baldwin,
01257 263888

Saturday Pay to Play Session – Chris Bolton,
01257 231169

Membership Secretary – Bob Gould, 01772 433591, bob.gould@talktalk.net

Child Protection Officer –Suzanne Cornthwaite. Our Child Protection Policy is available on request. Please contact the Club Secretary Mark Lovell 01257 230811 or

Head of Head of Teams Sue Archibald on 01257 266784