What is social tennis?
Northern Aces is committed to providing a space to play tennis where everyone can be themselves. Our social sessions do not discriminate, and are open to players of every level.
We only ask that you can at least know the rules and can hold a simple rally. We are a social tennis club, and unfortunately do not offer any coaching or lessons.
All sessions are run by committee members or volunteer session leaders and generally consist of doubles play where people rotate courts usually every 20mins. Some sessions may be streamed according to ability, for instance we sometimes run a beginner's hour, but usually players are expected to mix in.
Social tennis sessions are held on a Saturday or a Sunday, make sure you check our calendar for session dates. We operate with three tennis courts from 2-5pm, which gives all participants plenty of time to have a hit. You may be required to sit out occasionally depending on numbers.
You do need to sign on to a session as numbers are limited, and this allows the session leader to facilitate the session to ensure fairness and streamline based on ability.
Code of Conduct
All players should be respectful of each other and maintain the confidentiality of those players attending Northern Aces events. Language and behaviour, which is racist, sexist or discriminates against disabled people, will not be tolerated. As stated in the Constitution Para 35. “Any member whose behaviour is deemed inappropriate may be excluded either temporarily or permanently from the Group”.
Alcohol consumption is not permitted on the tennis courts at any time. The use of drugs or other illegal substances is also forbidden and any player who appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be stopped from playing. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the buildings of any of our venues.
Northern Aces reserves the right to require members to leave a tennis session or event early and to cancel membership for serious breach of the above conditions or for anti-social behaviour that has a detrimental effect to the event, or the benefit gained from those attending. In the unlikely event that a player is required to leave a tennis session/event early, they will not be eligible for a refund.
All players should respect the specific regulations of the tennis venue and be aware of health and safety requirements. For this reason personal belongings should not be left on court during play. All members should ensure that they are appropriately attired. To use their courts, all our playing venues specifically require that appropriate sports footwear (either trainers or tennis shoes – no black soles) and clothing is worn. Appropriate attire is also a basic courtesy to other players, and particularly important when representing the Northern Aces in competitions and tournaments.
Most of the play is doubles, which takes priority; singles is played when court capacity is available. Northern Aces provides tennis balls, but please bring your own racquet and water, and ensure you have read and are compliant with our Code of Conduct below.
Health and Safety
As a first general rule, please comply with all instructions given to you by relevant organiser or committee member for each session's play. As group members grow, it becomes more difficult to organise people effectively and your full co-operation in achieving this is expected.
All members playing during a session should ensure that their sports bags, coats, any spare rackets, food and drink etc are not left at the back of the tennis courts, but are stored safely in the changing room lockers provided. Northern Aces cannot accept responsibility for any player's stolen or damaged property.
All members should ensure that appropriate sports footwear - either trainers or tennis shoes with no black soles - and clothing is worn. This is a requirement of our playing venues for using their courts.
Members are reminded that tennis balls should not be left on the court when playing - they can be a serious trip hazard. Instead any tennis balls not in use should be kept near the extremity of the court. We ask you to make any player aware if there is a ball on or near the court that might put them at risk, and we remind players that they should wear clothing with appropriate pockets to stow any spare balls for a second serve.
All members should ensure that any food and drink containers, whether finished or not, should be either taken away with them or placed in the bins provided at the end of each session. Please be respectful of the venue and do not leave any rubbish at the end of the days play. Northern Aces has established a good relationship with the the Management and staff at our playing venues and it is important that this is not damaged by the irresponsible behavior of members.
Waiver of Liability
By participating at Northern Aces sessions, tournaments and other activities and events, participants agree to waive any all rights and claims for bodily or emotional injury, injury to their reputation, or any other damage or harms that they might suffer, or any other claims of any nature they or their legal representatives may have against Northern Aces Tennis Group, all playing sites, sponsors, or any organisation, facility or individual associated with the other activities and events. Participants agree to participate at their own risk and the above organisations, facilities, and individuals will not be responsible for any harm, injury or damage that they might suffer.