Coronavirus update: the courts at our club and Oaken Grove Park are currently closed in line with the current lockdown.
Guests of Members (Visitors)
If you are visiting the club as a guest of a member, you may visit the club up to 3 times per membership year (1st Apr – 31st March). A small visitor fee of £6 for adults and £5 for juniors is payable by the member to the Administrator for each visit. If you wish to visit any more than the 3 times allowed you will need to become a member – please contact email@example.com to arrange this. Court booking will be done by the member. The visitor must sign into the visitor book in the clubhouse foyer on arrival. During the current restricted play, as the clubhouse is closed, the member must please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to advise that a visitor will be on site and to arrange to pay the visitor fee via bank transfer, before the guest visits the club.
Court Rules – Bookings
Oaken Grove Park Tennis Courts
We have two courts at Oaken Grove Park, near our Club on All Saints Avenue, that are available for booking by non-members for £5.50 an hour. Non-members can use the link at the top of the page to book and pay for these courts. Once a booking and payment has been made an email will be sent with the code for the padlock to unlock the courts. Members can book these courts for free from the usual court booking site.
Please note that Oaken Grove forms part of the facilities provided by MLTC and, as such, the club rules concerned with coaching also apply. Members and Non-Members alike are NOT permitted to provide paid coaching unless:
- They are an Authorised Coach (either LTA Licensed or LTA Registered).
- They have written approval from the Head Coach at MLTC, Nigel Mann.
- They provide a Criminal Records Check (DBS or PVG Enhanced Disclosure).
- They provide evidence of appropriate Public Liability Insurance.
- They hold a First Aid certificate (EFAW or FAW).
- They have attended LTA Safeguarding and Protection in Tennis training within the last 3 years.
Cox Green – instructions for members only
MLTC has a contract with Cox Green Leisure Centre to have exclusive use of their 3 covered courts for some periods during the Autumn/Winter/Spring to enable our Junior performance squads to train indoors. These exclusive use periods are weekday evenings after school until 8:30pm and Saturday mornings.
Any spare sessions during the above times and during the day during the school holidays (10am-2pm) may be booked by members only via the following link: https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/MaidenheadLawnTennisClub/Booking/
Members need to select the slots they want and then sign in using their LTA account details to pay.
Weekday evenings after 8:30pm, Saturday afternoons and Sundays, MLTC do not have use of the courts and members must book courts, like non-members, by contacting Cox Green Leisure Centre on 01628 685311.
Booking Rules and Court Allocation
We monitor court bookings/usage and do our very best to manage Court Allocation and balance the frequently conflicting requirements of the various sections of our membership. This is never an easy task and we rely on our members to follow the booking rules and understand that they are there for the benefit of everyone.
We recently changed the court booking rules to allow for 2 hour bookings on weekday afternoons as many players, particularly those playing doubles, like to book 2 hour slots. We restricted the changes to weekday afternoons as those are the least busy times in terms of court usage. Mornings and evenings are extremely popular and we need to make sure all members have a chance to play without any one group monopolising popular booking times.
There are, however, a small number of people who are abusing the system and refusing to follow the rules. There are two solutions to this problem:
- Remove the booking slots that exceed the 1.5 hour limit
- Remove booking rights from repeat offenders.
In fairness to the demands of the wider membership and the administrative headache involved with the first option, we have decided to pursue the second option.
Henceforth, should a member or group of members take it upon themselves to flout the court booking rules that entire group will have their booking rights removed.
Fair weather, Summer and the traditional tennis season is (theoretically) upon us; our courts will become busier so please – respect our booking rules and, above all – enjoy your tennis!