A visit to CTC Reciprocal Clubs in the UK
I recently took advantage of our reciprocal relationship with Centenary Tennis Clubs (CTC) while in the United Kingdom. All I needed was an introduction letter from RKPTC and the will to play tennis!
In London I spent a number of days playing at the Roehampton Lawn Tennis Club. On arrival I was given a complete tour of the grounds (golf, croquet, squash, tennis, health club and dining facilities) by the Membership and Trust Administrator, Jolanta Mikolajczak. The gardens are particularly spectacular during the British summer. As Heritage Officer for RKPTC, I also gifted a copy of the McGibbon Years for their library, and we received a reciprocal book entitled ‘A History of Roehampton Club 1901 to 2001’.
I then met with Tennis Director Danny Sitton who invited me to a number of social play weekly events, use of the ball machine and hit up possibilities. Court bookings are easy to do, just call up in the morning to check grass court availability or book artificial/clay/hardcourt and indoor options. I played Saturday social, hit up with other members, and invited guests to play during the week (at a cost of £13.00 per guest).
Roehampton is a truly British experience with superb facilities, stunning gardens and an upmost professional atmosphere. Don’t forget to observe the monitored dress code. I highly recommend our members to take advantage of our CTC membership with the Club next time you are in the UK.
After visiting Roehampton, I travelled to Dublin, Ireland, and given the heavy rain needed to find indoor courts!
The Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club is a CTC member, and one of the most prestigious Clubs in Dublin. Thank you to Marika who provided me with an immediate letter of introduction with such short notice. I met with Eoghan Williams (Financial Controller) who gave us a fabulous tour, and then sat down to show me their digitised heritage system that documents photos and historical papers from 1877 onwards.
The indoor acrylic courts are housed in a part of the building that allows for both natural and sensor lights that dim and become brighter, in synch with the natural light entering from the roof and side windows. The sprung floors and textured surface allow for very comfortable play – I have to say that the indoor playing experience was superb, particularly given the intermittent rain showers outside.
Fitzwilliam also has seven outdoor courts (American clay and artificial grass), a range of club facilities and dining options, plus a thriving pro shop and restringing service. There is also a monitored tennis dress code. This is a beautiful club, steeped in Irish tennis and squash tradition. It also allowed me to learn more about Heritage matters in the Northern Hemisphere, and exchange ideas.
Based on my wonderful experience I encourage RKPTC members to make use of our reciprocal membership with CTC around the world. For more information contact Marika at email@example.com
For more information on CTC Clubs and reciprocal visits see the Centenary Clubs menu on this website