Jesmond Dene Real Tennis Club
Jesmond Dene Real Tennis Club is one of only 26 Real Tennis courts in the UK. And only of 45 in the world.
Built in 1894, the court is situated on Matthew Bank between Jesmond and South Gosforth and is only a few miles from the centre of Newcastle.
Real Tennis has grown over the last 15 years with 4 new courts built in England and an expanding membership.
Real tennis is one of a few sports which uses handicaps. This means it’s a superb game for all ages and all abilities. The club holds regular social play sessions which are open to all members and enable you to play a few games, in a relaxed setting.
The Court is also available for either singles or doubles in one hour sessions. Scott (the club’s pro) is happy to organise opponents of a suitable standard if you require one.
Club pro, Scott provides a range of lessons. They are individual, based on the client’s physical ability, strengths and motivation. He offers lessons to juniors, students, seniors and, once a month to the Ladies morning.
If you would like to come and try the game you will be made very welcome. Club racquets are available for beginners and Scott is happy to arrange introductory lessons. Also, there is a small pro shop on site which sells racquets and balls as well as offering a restringing service.
At the heart of Real Tennis is a competitive spirit, therefore the club offers a range of competitions throughout the year. In addition to external matches, the club holds regular tournaments where members compete in a friendly environment.
If you would like to try the game before deciding about membership, Jesmond Dene Real Tennis Club offers a free 1hr introduction with the head professional all racket hire included. Then when you’re ready to join, a range of options are available.