Balcombe Tennis Club
Balcombe Tennis Club was founded before the ball was even invented. That’s how old and established it is. No, really. What members of the august Balcombe Tennis Club did before the arrival of the ball is anyone’s guess. It has been suggested that way back then, members indulged in gladiatorial combat using wooden hoops attached to a handle with bits of cat-gut strung over the hoop!
After nearly a thousand years in shrouded secrecy, the Tennis Club was finally brought into the public gaze in 1936 by a group of dedicated Balcombe residents. It is reported that they would spend the first half of a sunny day rolling the gravel courts. And the second half of the day playing tennis, covered in grey dust from rolling the gravel!
Today, members still enjoy regular social tennis as well as playing tennis on the two ‘instant-action’ tennis courts.
There’s social tennis every Thursday evenings. So members can turn up and get a game whatever your level. Also the club runs a tennis surgery with a professional coach once or twice a month at Social Tennis subject to there being enough interest amongst members.
Tom Usborne Coaching has been working with the club to develop various lessons for many year. Tom and his team currently run the children’s and women’s coaching sessions.
Unfortunately the club does not offer any match play. However, many other local tennis clubs do.
While a court is available on pay and play, joining Balcombe Tennis Club offers member benefits. The club offers very affordable membership rates and a range of options. Visitors are also welcome to play at the club for a small fee.
In addition to tennis, there is also a table tennis table in the hut which is free for members.