Member Perspective

Written by a recent new member: Helen Rowan in February 2020

I have become a new member of Hayes Tennis Club this winter. I was looking for a social club which had plenty of opportunities to play tennis during the winter season, and they have not disappointed.

I was able to play three sessions with no obligation to join and then given a new members discount when I signed up for the winter season. I have been made welcome by all of the members, which makes it no surprise that they were awarded “North Kent club of the Year” in 2018. It is always daunting when starting at a new club in getting to know people, but there were numerous sessions I could take part in, morning and evening, midweek and weekend, (flood-lighting available on three of their courts) and of course as you get to know the members, you find yourself included in extra social 4’s.

I enjoy playing competitively, and to date have played in both the North Kent League and the Kent League for the club, but even if I hadn’t, there was ample opportunity to just participate in friendly competitive social play. What I have been most impressed with is the ease with which all different age groups play together, and the respect they hold for each other.

Will I be staying for the summer season?

I actually can’t wait for it to start. From hearing what the other members say, I know it is a busy time of year with many different events, both tennis and social. I wholeheartedly recommend that you get your racket out this summer and come and give Hayes Tennis Club a try. You have absolutely nothing to lose and the friendship of a great crowd to gain.

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