FAQ’s

Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about our club.

Can I play if I am not a member?

If you are invited by a member, you are welcome to play at MLTC, a playing fee of £6 would be asked and you would be able to play three times (with member present). After that you would be asked to join the club and any money you had paid for sessions would be deducted from your joining fee.

Or you may want to come down and join in one of our various social tennis sessions on a “drop in” basis:

Monday 10 – 12noon +
Tuesday 6:30 – 8:30pm +
Thursday 1pm – 3pm + & 6:30 – 8:30pm +
Saturday 1pm – 3pm +
Sunday 10am – 12pm +

You are welcome to attend any of these sessions, as a non member you will be asked to pay £6 per session up to a maximum of 3 sessions. After that you would be asked to join the club and any money you had paid for sessions would be deducted from your joining fee.

MLTC also occasionally runs a “Rusty Rackets” programme for beginners and people who haven’t played in a while. This usually consists of 1hr sessions run for 6 weeks. You do not need to be a member and best of all, they are free!!

Is there any social tennis?

Yes there are plenty of opportunities to play social tennis. Monday morning 10 – 12 noon+, Tuesday evening 6:30pm +, Thursday mornings 10am – 12 noon +, Thursday evening 6:30 +, Sunday mornings from 10am to 12 noon +.

On most bank holidays we hold an “American Tournament” which is as much of a social gathering as a competition. For the competitive, we hold three tournaments each year, Vets, Open and handicap, where you can meet and play against other members you might not normally come across.

As you get to know other members you may be invited to play outside of “social tennis” and there is also the opportunity to arrange singles or doubles matches on a regular basis yourself, you will have access to our on-line booking system and so can reserve a court for a time that suits you.

My daughter/son is interested in learning how to play, can you help?

Margate Lawn Tennis Club has a thriving junior section which has grown from having 20 or so members 10 years ago to over 120 today. This has been achieved through implementing a structured coaching programme with qualified coaches, as well as part qualified juniors who have “come through the ranks”. Sessions are designed to be fun, but instructional.
If your child is interested in playing tennis then:

If she/he has little or no experience of tennis or is under 8yrs or so then come along to one of our training sessions on a Monday or Thursday ** at 4:30pm OR Saturday at 10am
If he/she has played a bit of tennis or is over 10yrs then bring them along to our later sessions at 5:30** (11am on Sat)

These hour long sessions cost £4 and are open to all juniors, just “drop in”
Your child may attend four sessions without membership, after which they will be asked to join the club for a small fee (session fees still apply)

** During school holidays Monday and Thursday coaching is replaced by Holiday Clinics which run on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 3pm and cost £15. (your child will need to bring a packed lunch, water, hat and sun-cream)

How do I get my son/daughter involved in external competitions

A few parents have asked for help with encouraging their child to start playing friendly matches outside of our own club. 'Match Play' is an ideal opportunity for your child to take part in friendly matches against children from our area.

Our closest match plays are held at Polo Farm Canterbury, which is easy to get to and offers indoor and outdoor facilities. Their matchplays are usually Saturday afternoons. I have attached a link to these, including red, orange, green and yellow ball events. The organiser of these is Nick Wibberley who is helpful should you need any guidance.

http://www.lta.org.uk/Competitions/Search/
nickwibb03@hotmail.com

How much does coaching cost?

Prices vary, if you are a beginner or have just joined our club then you may be entitled to a free “Rusty Racquets” programme, 1 hour per week for 6 weeks. Otherwise an hour with a hitting partner will range from £10 – 15 and coaching with an LTA grade 3 coach £25-30 per hour. For extended coaching rates, ask our coaches. There are regular hourly coaching sessions for adults which cost £5 per hour and for juniors £4 per hour. Holiday clinics for juniors are currently £15 for 10am-3pm.

How many courts do you have?

4 synthetic clay courts & 2 all weather hard courts.

How do I join?

If you are a first time member, either download a relevant membership form, fill it in and return it with a cheque (or pay by BACS), or visit our club (Saturday mornings and Thursday evenings are best) and talk to one of our members or coaches and pick up a membership form.

How much does it cost to join MLTC

For a normal adult member the current annual fee is £240pa, see our membership page for more details.

 

If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please contact us for more details.