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Chilham Tennis Club was formed in 1974 and is a member club of Chilham Parish Recreation Ground Trust. It is situated in Branch Road, Chilham and has 2 floodlit hardcourts, a third un-floodlit hardcourt and a clubhouse providing tennis all year round for all ages and abilities.

The club is run by volunteers and has the cheapest membership subscriptions in the area. It aims to provide a well maintained tennis facility that is (1) affordable to all and maintained entirely through membership subscriptions, fund raising and grant applications; (2) offers coaching through a qualified coach and competitive tennis in local leagues; and (3) promotes junior tennis and provides social tournaments and non-tennis social events.

The club is entirely self sufficient and all club expenses including court maintenance and resurfacing are financed by the income it receives from membership subscriptions, grant income and fund raising events such as the successful wine and wisdom evenings held each year in Chilham village hall. Annual runing costs are typically over 4,000 and include court cleaning and mosskill treatment, hedge cutting and fencing repairs, and the annual rent of the tennis club area from the Recreation Ground. The club has a 10 year financial plan plan, reviewed and agreed at each AGM, to ensure membership fees are set at levels that enable it to meet its commitment to maintain facilities at the required standard and resurface the courts when required (this is currently expected to be in 2030 at an anticipated cost of over 90k).

The club is LTA Registered which means that the LTA consider it a well run club and is a way of recognising good standards and best practice at tennis venues in Britain. It will enable the club to access funding that would otherwise not have been available and this will be important for the clubs future development. In the past we have been entirely self sufficient but to develop we need to supplement our own funds with grants that are available from the LTA, Sport England and others.

The membership year runs from April to March. For 2023/24, Family membership is £115, adult membership £60, senior membership (over 65) £40 and junior membership £25. This works out at less than £1 per week per person.

We welcome new members of all ages and abilities and our LTA level 4 accredited club coach Danny runs regular coaching sessions for adults as well as juniors. We also run teams in the Kent League, East Kent League, Ashford & District League and Dover & District League.

Check out our [Membership Leaflet] for more information about the club and if you still have any queries, are interested in coaching at the club or team tennis then please use the form on our [contact form] page and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

 

 

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