Hanley Tennis Club is an especially lovely place to play tennis and we welcome new members at all levels. We can offer members and their families; coaching, teams and tournaments as well as some of the liveliest social events around. What's more, our membership fees are about a third less than other clubs in the neighbourhood.
We are located in a quiet corner of the Shepherds Cot Trust, otherwise known as the Crouch End Playing Fields. This is a peaceful,undeveloped area of 100 acres surrounded by woodland and is the home of a number of tennis and cricket clubs. Alexandra Palace also provides a spectacular backdrop.See How to find us.
Our shale courts are a bit special. A similar surface to that played on at the French Open, shale courts are now increasingly hard to find and consequently highly prized. Shale is a great surface for beginners and children, as the ball bounces less fast than on tarmac, and older players find it is kinder to their joints. With our floodlights, specially designed frost covers and court sprinkler system, we aim for all-year-round tennis. For more information see Tennis at Hanley.
Hanley provides a friendly atmosphere for social tennis, and membership is based on mutual respect for other members. The club is a co-operative venture and we do as much as we can ourselves to look after the courts and clubhouse.
Yes, it's true, Hanley's very own everyman, Sid Caudri, is the star of the LTA's latest 'Go Hit It' advert. Nice one, Sid.
Dates for your diary
See the new Hanley Calendar for all forthcoming events.
David on the fiddle
David Goodall has kindly agreed to do a talk about the violin and his career as a violinist, on Sunday 11 February.
We will be serving afternoon tea at 5pm, followed by David's talk. £5.00 including afternoon tea
Other 2018 dates to follow shortly.
Weekday Social tennis - Every Wednesday afternoon (weather permitting) Also, see the new Hanley Calendar for all forthcoming events
David on the fiddle
As you may know, as well as playing tennis, several Hanley members have other strings to their bow, including our esteemed violinist David Goodall.
David has kindly agreed to do a talk about the violin and his career as a violinist, on Sunday 11 February.
We will be serving afternoon tea at 5pm as it gets dark after social tennis. David will then speak about the construction and history of the instrument, play various short pieces to demonstrate just what it can do and finally talk about his career as a professional violinist. The talk will last around an hour.
£5.00 including afternoon tea
Please could you email Anne to let us know if you are attending, for catering purposes. Thank you!
Sports Fitness Advisor
Sports fitness advisor Jillian Anderson contacted us recently to congratulate us on our website. Always vlnerable to a bit of flattery, we hereby return the compliment with a link to the Tennis Training page of Jillian's website Sports Fitness Advisor.
Hanley's Christmas Panto
Chairman Martin writes:
What a wonderful evening! Outstanding meal, great wine, and Hanley’s first Panto (Altogether now: OH NO IT'S NOT!). And who was that red-haired damsel. We all will want to see more of her on court.
So, huge thanks to all those who made it possible.
In particular, Nicole’s Social committee for organising such fantastic food for almost 60 people. Hopefully the new kitchen aided the logistics. We will have fire alarms sorted for next year!
And to Anne for thinking of the idea of the panto which so skilfully handled the delicate nuances of Hanley politics from high heels on court (that one surprised me) to working parties. And to Margaret for directing!
A wonderful evening. And we all got home before the snow started falling.
Hanley Davies Cup - Mixed Doubles Tournament 2017, Sunday 17th September
Chairman Martin writes:
This was hugely enjoyable. We all had good fun in the first round and then were able to enjoy two very close semi-finals and final.
For those unable to attend, one semi-final was between Dave and Ellie Davies v Mathew Bell and Janet Newton and was won in a tie-break by Dave and Ellie.
The other was between Josh Lepper and Henrietta Cooke v Liz Veats and Marion Zegar. This was also won in the tie-break by Liz and Marion.
The final between Dave and Ellie v Liz and Marion was equally hard fought but was finally won 6-4 by Liz and Marion. So we now have two brand new names on the Davies cup!
Congratulations to all involved and thanks to those who helped organise it:
A very enjoyable day. The money raised will go to a charity.
Mid summer social
Thanks once again to everyone who helped make our latest social - our mid summer do - such a pleasure. Special thanks to all those who brought and prepared the lovely food, and Yogi, for the splendid bonfire.
Our open day
On Sunday 14th May, we held our first of two open days (see above for the second), inviting friends and potential members to join us for cream teas, cakes, and lashings of tennis. A big thank you to everyone who helped make the day such a success. For more fabulous photos from the day (thanks Sid, Duncan and Andy) - see our photo gallery.
Footfall - count yourself in
In return for receiving the £38,000 Sports England grant for refurbishing the clubhouse Hanley have agreed to try to hit certain club usage targets. Our target for the next year is what is called a footfall of 8,000.
To monitor footfall a book is being place in the clubhouse, which we will refer to as the 'Footfall log' book.
Whenever you visit the club, please can you fill in the next free line of the book - one line per person per visit. Thanks for your co-operation.
Wednesday tennis, from 2pm
It is approximately 1 year since we started the Wednesday afternoon social tennis. After a short break for summer we will relaunch it this Wednesday 20th Sept at 2.30pm
If you would like to come please e mail Anne by Tuesday 1pm.