PLACES TO PLAY
CLUBS IN LIVERPOOL
New or returning players are welcome in all clubs! You will find details of our partner clubs in the ‘Join A Club’ section of the site..
The clubs are all of a relatively modest size ranging from 3 to 7 courts. The good news is that membership costs are affordable and significantly cheaper than in other parts of the country. Adult membership is generally about £150 per year and most clubs offer reductions for students, senior citizens or unwaged. All clubs run open access social mix-in sessions which you can come along free to try.
Junior membership varies from £30-£70 per year – at Palmerston and Blundellsands a term of twice weekly coaching sessions are included in the membership price and also a facility which allows parents of junior members to play free with their children both in the sessions and at other times.
Most of the clubs are in traditional urban or suburban locations. Of the others, Mersey Bowmen is situated in a great setting in Sefton Park and Maghull Tennis Club also operates from a park location. Liverpool Cricket Club has an imposing location in Aigburth with a county standard cricket ground and victorian style pavilion.
Every club caters for adults and juniors alike. Mersey Bowmen, East Wavertree, Bohemians, Mossley Hill and Blundellsands in particular offer well organised adult social programmes whilst Palmerston tend to specialise in younger players and has the city’s largest junior programme. New players should look at a number of clubs before deciding which best suits their needs.
There are 3 indoor facilities in Liverpool. The Liverpool Tennis Centre in Wavertree is council run with 6 indoor acrylic courts. The Archbishop Beck Tennis Centre in Walton is operated by the school of the same name and has 3 indoor acrylic courts. Both of these run on a pay and play basis. The David Lloyd Club in Speke has 6 indoor carpet courts. This is run on a membership basis although members don’t pay court charges.
Liverpool Tennis Centre has 6 outdoor courts (4 floodlit) which can be booked on a pay and play basis. Sefton Park has 3 public courts and Princes Park in Toxteth has 5 courts which are free to use and can be booked through this site.
The local leagues offer regular competitive tennis at all levels from beginner upwards. Liverpool’s summer league structure is one of the best organised in the UK offering a match each week over a 14 week season. All of the local clubs plus the David Lloyd Club offer teams. Just about every regular player in the city gets involved!
TENNIS FOR FREE SEFTON PARK / MAGHULL
The best place to start! Liverpool Tennis Foundation operates two venues in partnership with the TENNIS FOR FREE charity as part of a national ntwotk, The site at Sefton Park on Sunday mornings started in 2013 is currently the largest in the UK in terms of numbers attending – upto 90 players can be present in the summer – and is a great way for adult beginners and returning players to have a go as well as juniors and families. In 2016 a secomd Tennis for Free site opened at Maghull on Sunday afternoons.
All clubs offer junior coaching and playing sessions. The Liverpool Tennis Foundation is actively involved with the programmes at Palmerston, Blundellsands, Sefton Park and Maghull and supports other clubs through schools promotion and coaching. The ‘Flagship Sessions’ at Palmerston and Blundellsands run twice weekly year round and offer a family atmosphere with parents encouraged to be on court.
The largest overall programme is at Palmerston although there is also a large open access provision offered at Liverpool Tennis Centre which is enjoying a significant revival and has an extensive Mini Tennis programme.
The Liverpool Tennis Foundation run a city-wide programme of adult couses and playing sessions. These have no membership requirement and are linked with opportunities to get involved with partner clubs. These includes LTA Tennis Tuesdays (Women’s sessions) LTA Tennis XPress (Adult Beginner and Intermediate Sessions) and Tennis Xtreme, fast paced sessions for Adult expreienced players.
INDOOR COMMUNITY ACCESS SESSIONS AT DAVID LLOYD SPEKE
In 2016 the Liverpool Tennis Foundation started an exciting partnership with David Lloyd Speke to provide commmunity access on Sunday evenings with no membership requirement – this is open to adults of all standards and includes both coaching and playing.