Northern Aces has a very active membership throughout the year, engaging in both tennis and social activities

Our ethos

Northern Aces welcomes membership from people over the age of eighteen who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, as well as individuals who accept and support the needs of such a group. Membership is open to any player, regardless of ability, from absolute beginners to league players. The aim of Northern Aces is to provide a friendly environment where we can all learn and improve our game.


Members are encouraged to take an active part in the operation and development of Northern Aces by volunteering at events and by participating and voting at the AGM. In addition, there is an expectation that all members take their turn to organise play at any sessions they attend, using the board provided. For the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all Northern Aces members, members are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct.


Membership fees

Playing fees are agreed on an annual basis at the AGM. Annual membership is currently £30 payable from 1st April each year. For people joining after 1st October, the membership is £20.


Membership benefits:

  • Weekly sessions at a reduced rate

  • First refusal for tournaments run by Northern Aces

  • Discounts on selected tournament entry

Northern Aces is a non-profit making group aiming to break even, accordingly all tournaments are priced so as to cover costs and be affordable to members.

Session prices

Manchester Tennis & Football Centre (Indoor)

Full Members: £8
Full-time Student Members* and Members that are unemployed: £5 
Guests (Non-members): £12

Urmston Sports Club (Outdoor)

Full Members: £6

Full-time Student Members* and Members that are unemployed: £3

Guests (Non-members): £10 

*Evidence of eligibility for a reduced rate should be presented at membership renewal time. Members are expected to inform the Committee as soon as they are no longer eligible for a reduced rate.


Tournaments Fees

Tournaments fees will vary depending on length of the tournament and number of entrants. Please see specific tournament details for more information on the What's On page.


Northern Aces is covered by public liability insurance for the activities it provides. However, the personal belongings of players are not covered and it is recommended that players take out their own insurance should they consider personal cover is required.

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What people have to say

What's stopping you coming down for a hit? Our members would love to meet you.

Sofia Milone

Northern Aces and the GLTA got me back into tennis after an 18 year break. I'm now fitter and happier than I've ever been, and playing the best tennis in my life.

Neil Smallburn

After 20 years away, thinking gay men weren’t supposed to play tennis, I finally found somewhere to play and be myself. I’ve won a few tournaments and even better found some great friends.

Graham Mather

I came across Northern Aces on social media, I had no idea LGBT clubs were a thing. I now travel from North Yorkshire monthly for the social session which is always worth the journey.

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