Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct and Guidelines for Tennis Club Members and Guests

FOOTWEAR – Only tennis shoes or non-marking trainers are allowed on court. 

GUESTS –  Members can bring a guest up to 3 times at £5 per visit – they will then be invited to join the club. Members can book guests/pay online via ClubSpark.

All members can book up to a max of 1.5 hour session per day x 4 bookings per week.  

JUNIORS – children under 11 must be supervised by an adult (except with special permission). Juniors may play on courts providing a parent or guardian agrees to go through the tennis club code of conduct with them and accept responsibility for them and their actions. The club insurance will only be valid if this procedure is followed.

ADVERSE WEATHER – In adverse conditions the individual will assess whether the courts are safe to play on and take full responsibility for their decision. 

CLUB RULES – The club is a member of Devon LTA which has adopted an Equity & Diversity Policy, a Code of Conduct for Coaches, Staff and Volunteers and a Child Protection Policy. 

  • Treat all members and personnel with respect (see Equity & Diversity Policy – copy on  board in the Clubhouse) 
  • Promote the positive aspects of tennis e.g. fair play
  • Encourage all participants to learn the laws and rules and play within them, respecting decisions of match officials
  • Actively discourage unfair play, rule violations and arguing with match officials, coaches and responsible adults
  • Recognise good performance, not just match results
  • Place the well-being and safety of young people above the development of performance
  • Respect young people’s opinions when making decisions about their participation in tennis
  • Shirts to be worn on court at all times 
  • No bikes, prams, scooters, footballs etc are allowed on court
  • No smoking
  • No chewing gum/hot drinks/glass/cups are allowed on the courts
  • Food should not be consumed in the court area
  • Put all rubbish in the bin provided
  • If a game is in progress, wait for a pause in play to cross behind a court
  • Respect other players when returning loose balls
  • Maintain a high standard of language use – even when play is competitive
  • Report any  suspicions of child abuse to the Welfare Officer (Sam Garner)
  • Players should make every effort to find ‘lost’ tennis balls
  • All club officers, coaches and appointed volunteers will hold relevant qualifications and be covered by appropriate insurance

Continual failure to adhere to the Code of Conduct could result in the club cancelling the individual’s membership.