Affiliated to The Lawn Tennis Association
Welcome to the web site for Ingatestone and Fryerning Tennis Club
Do you or your family & friends want to learn to play tennis, or come back to the game? Then come and join us at Ingatestone & Fryerning Tennis Club (I&FTC). I&FTC is a friendly, inclusive, relaxed club in the heart of Ingatestone, with three hard courts located at the rear of the Community Club. We offer:
* Inclusive membership for players of any age and standard
* Coaching under the supervision of Josh Ratnage and the coaching team
* Social play at weekends and on summer evenings
* Visitors welcome
* Annual knock-out tournament
* Monthly fun American tournaments
* Teams playing in local leagues (see Playing / League Matches)
* Social and fundraising events
* Very reasonable membership rates (see Membership Zone)
* Join our Facebook Group!
* See "News" page, for calendar of events and details of recent activity
Coronavirus – LTA advice - New lockdown announced 4th January - club is closed again
From 30th June we opened again for restricted social play, but were locked down again on 5th November. We were able to reopen from 2nd December, but from 20th December Tier 4 restrictions came into effect with courts open only for individuals & their household / "support bubble" for singles & doubles, otherwise singles only with one person from another household.
However on 4th January another national lockdown was imposed so the club is now closed once again. See LTA link for more details.
When we reopen:
Courts must be pre-booked, for a maximum period of 45 minutes. Please do not turn up if you do not have a confirmed booking.
Informal social play is limited to a maximum of 6 people. Organised activity is not subject to this maximum.
Courts 1, 2 & 3 will be bookable, except when court(s) are in use for coaching, or during designated club social periods or events.
See link above to court booking system.
Subject to court availability it may at times be possible to accommodate non-member guests. Please note the LTA advice. See link above for this detailed information..
1-2-1 Coaching sessions will be of 50 minutes duration to enable there to be a 10-minute gap so that people can come and go without crossing each other’s paths, i.e. 0900-0950,1000-1050,1100-1150,1200-1250,1300-1350. Saturday morning group coaching resumed in December, subject to a maximum of 15 in a group. Tuesday afternoon sessions are on hold for the winter.
•The clubhouse will remain generally out-of-bounds, except for use of the loo if absolutely necessary. But ideally wash hands and use the loo at home before / after tennis. Bring your own hand sanitiser. The outside tap is available for hand washing at the club.
•The gate between Court 3 and Courts 1 & 2 is open, but please adhere to social distancing rules..
•The First-Aid box has been placed outside the clubhouse.
•Do not attempt to adjust the net heights – these are pre-set at the correct height.
•For social play maintain social distancing by not changing ends in the usual way or, alternatively, changing ends at the opposite sides of the net. No handshaking or high-fives.
•Keep your bag at least 2m away from others’ bags.
•Clean and wipe down your equipment and possessions before and after play. Make sure you take all your belongings with you when you leave, including your rubbish (empty drinks bottles, food wrappers etc), as for a trial period our rubbish bins have been removed.
•No extra-curricular or social activity should take place. Do not sit on any chairs or benches. Try to avoid touching gates and fences etc. if you can.
All rules and procedures will be kept under review, with regard to any updated advice from the LTA.
Our covid risk assessment document can be found under About Us / Policies & Rules.
For 2021 Community Centre Membership Renewals use this link. There are considerable reductions this year for those renewing: