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Frequently Asked Questions


Check out our FAQs below, but if there is still anything else you want to know or are unsure of, you can always reach out to us.


Q: Do I have to be a member to come to a social tennis session?
A: No you do not have to be a member, anyone is welcome to join social tennis. However, annual membership is only £35 a year, and it enables you to take advantage of lower session costs. It also means that you are supporting our club and our community because we are a not-for-profit organisation that subsidises court costs for our sessions through membership fees. 

Q: I am unsure about my level, will I still be able to take part?
A: All tennis abilities are welcome, remember we are an amateur tennis club (we are not professionals!). The best thing to do is to come along to one of our social tennis sessions and to have a go. The three hour social sessions are fun, and mix in all abilities. 

Q: I have never played before but looking to start, how do I fit in?
A: We champion all tennis abilities, and just ask that you at least know the rules and can hit a ball before coming along. Once you master the basics you will enjoy being on court much more and find that your game comes along quite quickly. Unfortunately we do not offer coaching, however, can recommend a number of LTA approved coaching sessions.

Q: I am confident in my ability, is there an opportunity to play competitively?
A: Northern Aces hosts internal tournaments throughout the year, and also enters a team into the Southwest Manchester Lawn Tennis League. If you are interested in playing for the team just let us know (subject to availability and the time of year). 
Further to this, our members also take part the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance ('GLTA') hosted by Northern Aces which takes place in Manchester every year.

Q: Are there changing and showering facilities at your venue?
A: Yes, the Manchester Tennis and Football Centre has changing and showering facilities. Just note that the centre closes at 5pm (at the end of our social tennis sessions) so if you do wish to use the facilities afterwards you are encouraged to do so in a timely manner.

Q: I do not identify as being  part of the LGBTQ+ community can I join your club?  
A: We are an inclusive club, and while we are focused on providing a safe space for LGBTQI+ tennis players we welcome all who share our ethos. Our code of conduct does not tolerate discrimination on any ground, so if you’d like to join us then your sexuality is not a barrier.  We aim to have a great atmosphere without attitude .

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