Elsenham Tennis Club (ETC) was formed in 1976 through the desire of a small cohort of local keen tennis players who through dedication, sweat and sheer hard labour instigated the building of 2 outdoor tennis courts. Since then, improvements have been made on an ongoing basis to the facilities including the erection of a small club hut, the installation of floodlights (allowing all year round play) and more recently the resurfacing of the tennis courts making them some of the best looking in the local area. The Club is affiliated to the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and complies with its’ standards as well as providing members with LTA benefits
The Club welcomes members and court users from any background and has an Equality and Diversity Policy (available on the ETC Club website)
The Club is located in the centre of Elsenham, on the Village Playing Fields off Stansted Road. It is next to the Elsenham Bowls Club and Memorial Hall on land owned by Elsenham Parish Council.
Within the fenced area, next to the courts, is a compound and hut. There are two separate gates, with padlocks, to the courts and the compound. The hut, which is also secured by a padlock, contains the control boxes for the floodlights.
Directions: Follow postcode CM22 6BY (Leigh Drive) and then signs for Tennis Club and Playing Fields.
Website and Email
ETC has its own website where up-to-date information can be found including scheduled events, Club Rules and Constitution, etc. The website provides a link to ClubSpark which is an online club management system, enabling bookings of courts, coaching and membership information and forms. Communications can be made via email at . This sheet should be read in conjunction with the Club Rules and Constitution. Members are responsible for maintaining their own information on ClubSpark and ensuring this is kept up to date and accurate, especially when renewing membership annually
Upon joining every member (family or individual - except juniors under 11years) is given a key to the Tennis Club. These are available for use by members at any time they are not being used for planned events/matches. If you lose your key, then you will be charged for the replacement at a cost of £5.00
Please ensure that the courts, hut and compound are locked when you leave if no one else is playing
Members are able to book courts online through ClubSpark in accordance with the parameters set and must ensure all participants for the booked session are added to the booking system. Link is here:
ETC has a qualified Level 3 LTA coach offering coaching for players (group and/or individual) of all standards. Details are available on the ETC website and coaching can be booked through the coach directly or
Various regular activities take place including: -
Every Tuesday (weather permitting) from 7.30pm onwards. ALL members are welcome. Balls are supplied and £1 is charged as a contribution towards the cost of the lights and balls
Cardio tennis/team training sessions are held by our coach, every week weather permitting. These are fun training sessions available to members and are a great way to keep fit and develop new skills/techniques
Ladies sessions are held on Wednesday and Friday mornings every week, weather permitting. This is an informal friendly/social play session attended by any ladies
Visitors are welcome on the courts if not being used by members. If you bring a
visitor onto the courts you are responsible for their behaviour, adherence to our
rules and also for collecting the relevant fee (£2 for an adult and £1 for a student
and 50p for child under 16).
Payment can be made via BACS:- Elsenham Tennis Club, 20-36-98, 70353906 or Paypal:- stating “guests” and date played.
The floodlights are controlled from boxes in the hut, one for each court. They are operated by tokens, which cost £2 each and last for 35 minutes, which allows for a warm up period. The lights must stop being used/go off by 10.30pm on any given night. Tokens can be obtained by contacting Jim Dunleavy via text or whatsapp on 07831 122532 or by emailing:
1. If the lights go out for any reason, you must wait at least 15 minutes before restarting them
2. Please report any problems with the lights to any committee member as soon as possible
Matches and Tournaments
The Club plays competitive league matches against other clubs in the Mixed Doubles, Ladies and Men’s Doubles. Teams are regularly entered into both the Summer and Winter Essex Small Clubs League and teams/individuals enter the popular annual Hospital Cup for which the Club has had extensive success. We are always looking to expand our pool of players, so if you would like to play please contact:
Men’s Doubles Jon Tann
Ladies Doubles Linda Steer
Mixed Doubles Petra Studholme
These leagues operate in two sessions - winter and summer.
We also organise summer and winter tournaments. All members are encouraged to enter. Cups and other trophies are awarded to the winners. Partners can be arranged for those who do not have one for doubles matches. Details are given on the ETC website
The Club is affiliated to the Lawn Tennis Association which gives the club and its member’s further benefits, including becoming a British Tennis member and a club annual allocation of tickets to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships
The Club occasionally runs fund raising activities including quiz nights, usually twice a year. These are held locally in Elsenham and help keep our subscriptions one of the lowest in the vicinity. Please support these events by making up a table. Any other suggestions for fund raising are always welcome
New tennis balls can be purchased by emailing
Racquets can be re-strung by a club member quickly, professionally and at a reasonable cost. Please contact Paul Burt (07973 543808) for further details
Details of elected committee members are available on the ETC website, together with Rules of Play, Codes of Conduct and the Club Constitution
Safeguarding information is available on the ETC website and in the Club Hut (Safeguarding Folder) including details of the Club Welfare Officer, policies and procedures to be followed, contact details, etc.
The Club complies with data protection legislation. Personal details of Club members are held on ClubSpark, of which the member can set/change their preferences. Where members wish to have their personal information restricted, deleted, etc. they should contact the Club Secretary on with details. ClubSpark requires that all junior members must have an adult as the main contact who has this responsibility
Thank you for your interest and attention - please continue to enjoy your tennis