Godalming Lawn Tennis Club (GLTC) is going from strength to strength. Last year saw the formal opening of its brand new multi-purpose clubhouse by Jeremy Hunt MP. The new building has a striking contemporary style, complementing the adjacent leisure centre. It features a large activity room, kitchen/breakout space, showers and changing rooms. A large sun terrace overlooks the courts, giving spectators a great view of proceedings, and high speed fibre broadband ensures everyone has a great connection. The club has also installed electronic access control, motion sensor security lights and CCTV, for a safe and secure environment.
Since the opening the club has followed up with a series of Tennis Xpress courses for beginners, which proved extremely popular and really lit up the off season. It has continued to grow its junior and adult membership base, which now totals over 190. Another highlight of 2015 was the Dan Eley Foundation Charity Tournament, run in conjunction with Busbridge Tennis Association.
But GLTC isn’t just focussed on tennis. A unique new Health Promotion Tennis Project is offering people with mental and physical health conditions help with their rehabilitation through a programme of weekly group sessions. These include medical assessments, coaching and tennis themed exercise. It’s guaranteed fun in a very friendly atmosphere. The HPTP is run by Dr Chris Jagger MBE, with only an optional charge and new participants are always welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your space.
GLTC’s ethos is centred on accessibility and allowing everyone the chance to reach their potential. James Ambler, the full time coach, is on hand for advice and support, whether through individual or group lessons, or by matching up players. A former professional player, James combines great technical knowledge with an unique sense of humour!
As a not for profit Community Amateur Sports Club, GLTC operates purely for its members and the benefit of the wider community. The dedicated committee is made up of eleven highly committed men and women, many of whom also work full time. Everyone is encouraged to lend a hand where they can, including with fundraising, events, and ground maintenance. The club’s volunteers are truly what gives it its character.
Members benefit from unlimited use of the five floodlit courts and clubhouse, regular hosted club sessions, coaching, internal competitions & social events, as well as team match play. We might keep things fun and friendly, but we take our tennis seriously. Not forgetting of course, access to the annual Wimbledon ticket ballot and the opportunity to be part of a very special local institution dating back to 1937.
Pay & Play tennis is available for the general public by the hour, including floodlights for a small supplement. Just contact the Leisure Centre front desk for more details. The clubhouse activity room can be booked in the same way.
The club is right next to Godalming Leisure Centre, in Broadwater Park, a short walk from the centre of Farncombe and mainline rail station. There’s parking nearby and secure bike racks on site.
Join as a new 2016/2017 member now and get March 2016 free of charge! That’s just £149 for 13 months (or £99 for ages 19 to 27). There are further discounts for members of other Broadwater Park clubs and the leisure centre too.
If you’d like to ‘test the water’ first, you are most welcome to a free trial session. Just email Lisa at email@example.com for more details.
You can also visit GLTC at: www.godalmingtennis.co.uk or on Facebook under ‘Godalming Lawn Tennis Club’.