The Tennis Section of HACC was established we believe in the 1940s, initially with two courts. A third was added in the 1970s and a fourth in 1993. The driveway was tarmacced in 2009, improving access to the courts and pavilion.A pavilion refurbishment was completed in 2010 with help from a grant from Staffs LTA. The number of adult club members runs at around 90 adults and 140 juniors.
Men’s and Ladies teams playing in summer and winter leagues in Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Hereford & Worcester. Juniors play internal and inter-club tournaments which count for LTA ranking points. Senior Citizens have popular sessions on three afternoons a week.
We have community links with Halesowen College and with Windsor High School, who both regularly use our courts. With a grant and loan from the LTA and its own fund-raising the Section completed a refurbishment of its 4 courts in 2011 including disabled access and installed new low-level floodlights on 3 of the courts. This extends the court time available – allowing increased coaching, practice, matches and social play – with the intention of increasing both numbers participating and improving the standard of play.
The Section’s professional coaching team runs coaching sessions for mini-tennis, juniors, adult beginners, improvers and team players. The coaches also go into local schools in partnership with Dudley MBC to run coaching and tennis introduction sessions. They also run “tennis holiday camps” for school children during school holidays.
The Section also strives to engender a strong sense of belonging with a newsletter and regular social events (e.g. salsa dances, quizzes, dances), mix-in tournaments, touch tennis, open days, junior trips to see top-level tennis and working parties to help with ground maintenance.