General information for using the club:

Balls  |  The Bar  |  Club play  |  Code of Conduct  |  Dress Code  |  Facilities for the disabled  |  Floodlights  |  Guests  |  Keys  |  Security



The club provides balls for club play and matches. When you have finished the set please make sure you have left the four balls on court for use by the next players. If no one is waiting to play, or at the end of the evening, bring the balls in and put them back into their container. If no one is left to lock the balls away please either give them to the person on bar duty, or if the bar isn’t open, put them in one of the drawers in the kitchen. Balls for use when organising your own games can be purchased from the bar.


The bar is not staffed, but in addition to the bar steward about 20 members are holders of bar keys. Most evenings the bar will get opened, but if not ask around if you’d like a drink. There will nearly always be a key holder there. Non-members who wish to purchase alcoholic drinks must follow the regulations set out in the Visitor’s Book. There are periodic social events, such as the end of summer league party, and a Christmas party held after the AGM in December.

Club Play

Play a seven game set in the selected four and then come off and allow the next set to start their game. On busy evenings you may find you have to wait a short time between sets but the break gives you valuable socialising and drinking time! If there are only a few people at club play please ensure that you mix in so that everybody gets a game and the same people don’t always play together.

Code of Conduct

Bristol Central Tennis Club is, we hope, a sociable friendly club, please help us to keep it that way by:

  • respecting all other members of the club irrespective of age, colour, religion or playing ability and offer equal opportunity to play to all.
  • not blaspheming on court or abusing any person, racket or court equipment.
  • offering encouragement not criticism.
  • not practicing returns on long serves or hit the ball aggressively when a point is not in play
  • accommodating each player’s needs in ‘warm ups’. Don’t have a lengthy warm up if there will be people waiting for you to finish your game before they can play – keep to 5 minutes or less.
  • encouraging fair play and discouraging disputes over calls. If in doubt the ball is IN! If you cannot agree, offer a let.
  • retrieving balls for your partner and your opponents and doing so with good humour!
  • calling the score as server, after every point and after every game. All tennis at the club is self-umpiring. If a ball from another court may have interfered with play on your court, it is better to immediately take the point again than argue whether or not it affected the outcome of that point.
  • ensuring that the server is kept supplied with balls and be ready to play when the server is ready
  • turning your mobile onto SILENT and talking quietly near courts that are in use.
  • never disturbing a point in play. Please enter Courts 3 and 4 via the garden when there is play on courts 1 and 2. Wait until a suitable break in play to: walk behind a court; enter or leave a court; return a stray ball from an adjoining court; retrieve one of your balls that has gone onto another court. And do so as quickly as possible.
  • leaving the clubhouse and courts as you would expect to find them, litter free, clean and tidy, cups etc washed and put away.
  • using all equipment in the clubhouse as if you would be responsible for paying for the replacement.
  • leaving the clubhouse secure, locked up, windows closed, lights and TV off. If you have unlocked the clubhouse it is your responsibility to lock it back up or to ensure that there is someone else with a key who will lock up.
  • Most importantly, try to make the game as enjoyable as possible for everyone on court .

Dress Code

The Club dress code is not strict but we do ask that members keep to recognised and suitable standards of sporting attire – no football shirts, please. In order to protect the surface of the all-weather court, footwear must be rubber soled (not black), without cleats, spikes, raised heels or ribbing.

Facilities for the Disabled

When the clubhouse was renovated in 1999, it was done so with facilities for the disabled in mind. We have a changing room for the disabled complete with toilet and shower. Please also note our coach Kerris specialised in coaching the disabled whilst at University.


PLEASE TURN OFF THE FLOODLIGHTS when play has finished!

The floodlights take a couple of minutes to warm up to full strength, so be patient. Be warned that the lights cannot be switched back on immediately after being switched off, taking 20 minutes or so to cool down.

Courts 1 to 3 must be turned off by 10:30 pm and court 4 by 10:00 pm – thanks everyone.


If you bring a visitor to play tennis at the club, please enter the details in the Visitors Book and follow the instructions on the front of the book regarding payment of the fee (£2.00 per visit). This is a special arrangement for infrequent visitors only (no more than six visits per individual per year). Please refer to the instructions in the Visitors Book concerning non-members buying alcoholic drinks. This also applies to non playing guests (i.e. those not required to pay a Visitor Fee), who wish to purchase alcoholic drinks.


Members are advised to obtain a key for the club gate and clubhouse for which a £20 deposit is payable – refundable as and when key returned.  Keys must be returned within 28 days of cessation of membership otherwise we reserve the right to re-use the deposit to the benefit of all club members.


The clubhouse is protected by a security alarm. Please ensure you are aware of the procedure for entering and leaving the club – a committee member will be happy to go over this with you if necessary. It is important that you know the alarm code before unlocking the Club House. On leaving the Club House, make sure the bar is locked up, the garden door closed and the kitchen door locked before setting the alarm and locking the main entrance door behind you. As you walk down towards the gate, ensure the changing room and disabled toilet doors are all locked.