About the club

Set in a unique wooded clearing in the centre of Muswell Hill, this friendly club combines a good standard of general play with teams ranging in ability up to the Middlesex Premier League and extends a warm welcome to any tennis player.

History 

The Muswell Hill Methodist Tennis Club was founded in 1920 by Guy Chester in the grounds of North Bank House. The original courts were traditional shale and moved to their current site in the mid 80s to allow the sheltered housing to be built.

The Club is not part of or managed by the Methodist Church, but is on Methodist property hence the name. 

The dedication of a small team of hard-working volunteers led by Lorraine Fox as Secretary and Mike Lee as Treasurer, and ably supported by our coach Joe Anan, ensures that the Club maintains its position as one of the most successful London tennis clubs of the last decade.

The tranquil landscaped grounds continue to provide a wonderful setting for tennis in North London. Add to this, top quality floodlights and the best standard of astroturf surface on our three newly resurfaced courts, along with one all-weather court (new May 2010) and you will see why we are now probably the best little tennis club in North London. We stay true to our local roots whilst catering for all standards of player from beginners to premier league level.

See for yourself at Meadow Drive at the top of Colney Hatch Lane in Muswell Hill.

Coaching 

Our coaching programme led by Joe Anan caters for beginners, juniors, returners, improvers or those aspiring to league standards, with a wide range of group or individual coaching options: see our coaching information here>>

Playing

We have three high quality, medium speed, astroturf courts which are floodlit for play up to 9:30pm all year round, and we now have one newly-surfaced all-weather court, also floodlit. We have four club sessions every week (Saturday and Sunday afternoons, as well as Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings) at which we provide balls, and lighting when needed, at no charge. There is of course ample time for booking courts for play with other club members via an online booking system. We also offer an extensive and varied range of internal and external competitive tennis, with an annual Club Tournament as well as 3 mens and 3 ladies teams in the Middlesex summer league. 

Club sessions 

We consider club sessions to be a vital part of a coherent and friendly club and are a indispensable way whereby new members can integrate into the club. These sessions enable us to keep our small friendly club feel whilst at the same time becoming a major force in Middlesex tennis. Club sessions are open to all club standard players: if new members are uncertain then our coach, Joe Anan, will advise and will get you to the required level quickly via his group or individual coaching.

Club session times are:
Saturday and Sunday afternoons: 2:30pm to 6:00pm summer (2:00pm to 5:30pm in winter)
Wednesday evenings: 7:00pm to 9:30pm (two courts only)
Thursday mornings: 10:30am to 12:30pm

You do not have to book: just turn up and play. To encourage club play, new tennis balls are provided at the Saturday session and floodlighting is free during club session as and when necessary.

As the club sessions are now so popular, we have introduced a 7 game rule at busy times.  This means:

  • When all the courts are in use and there are 8 or more people waiting, we’ll change to just playing 7 games.  In exceptional circumstances a committee member may use their judgement to introduce it earlier.
  • The rule applies both to people about to go onto court AND sets currently in play.  So if you are on court when the change is applied and you are already over 7 games, it means your set ends.  
  • The 7 game rule carries on until the numbers of people waiting reduces and a committee member rescinds the rule - at which point we revert to normal sets. 

Court booking

We are a very active club and court space in the evening is at a premium although there are usually times for all. If you have any difficulty,  please speak to Joe: as a small club one of the advantages is that it is easier to resolve individual problems. Day time court space is much easier to find and usually does not require booking.

We operate an on-line court booking system: follow the link at the top of the page. The system allows you to book courts up to two weeks in advance. Members are allowed to book one court for a maximum of 1.5 hours. Sunday mornings are reserved for juniors (optionally with family members) and for coaching; adult members may take advantage of the remaining available courts that are not being used by juniors.

To ensure that we maintain our excellent team standard of play, one or two courts are reserved for team practices on a number of weekday evenings. One court is reserved on Monday evening for the Ladies I team and  two courts are reserved on Tuesday evening for the Mens I and II teams. Two courts are reserved on Thursday evenings for the Mens III and Ladies II teams, and one court on Friday evenings for Ladies III.

No play is allowed on Christmas Day or Good Friday as a condition of our lease with the Methodist Church.

Competitive tennis

The club offers an extensive and varied range of internal and external competitive tennis: you can read about our teams here >>.

Club tournament

We operate a summer tournament and encourage all members to join in: you can read about the tournament here >>.

Management and conduct

The club is run entirely by volunteers: details of the committee members and team captains are listed in the menu above or click here >>.

The formal terms and conditions of membership and the current club rules governing the everyday operation of the club are listed in the menu of the membership section here >>.