We're so disappointed to have to announce that, in line with the latest Government restrictions, Hale Barns Tennis Club will be closing its gates again. Please do not enter the premises without express permission from a Committee member.
Along with the LTA, we believe that, if people are being encouraged to take part in exercise during lockdown and are allowed to meet someone else from a different household for a socially distanced walk, they should have been able to play tennis against each other on either side of a net. Unfortunately, the Government did not agree and we must respect their decision.
How you can help: Contact local MP Sir Graham Brady
The LTA has reported tremendous support from the tennis community for the campaign to keep courts open. If you would like to do so then please do write to our local MP to make the case for tennis to continue as a safe, socially distanced sport and be treated appropriately under any future national or local restrictions.
Sir Graham Brady is the local MP for Altrincham and Sale West and his office can be reached on 0161 904 8828 or email@example.com
Altrincham and Sale West Conservative Association
Thatcher House, Delahays Farm, Green Lane, Timperley, WA15 8QW
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In the meantime: Tennis at home!
LTA Youth isn't just about tennis; it's about kids developing mentally and physically on and, importantly, off the court. If your kids are going stir crazy at home, please check out the LTA Youth Home Activities hub, which is full of activities for the whole family!
It must be about 25 years ago now that a friend and I found ourselves cycling around the Bowdon, Hale and Hale Barns area one hot and sticky Sunday afternoon. We were on a mission to explore all the tennis clubs in the vicinity with the intention of joining one before heading off for a well-earned pint.
We visited a number of very grand, even opulent establishments and, as the hot afternoon wore on, it is fair to say that we were looking more and more dishevelled. At the various clubs we visited, we were looked up and down and subsequently met with little enthusiasm or interest! “There’s always cricket!”my friend joked (and, indeed, he did go on to bowl for the first eleven at Bowdon Cricket Club but I digress). “Right” I said “let’s try Hale Barns Tennis Club before we try the Bull’s Head!”
We cycled into the carpark and approached the clubhouse to be greeted with a friendly "Can I help you?". Upon expressing our interest in possibly becoming members, there was a warm smile and the offer of a cup of tea! My friend and I gladly accepted, exchanging glances in the shared decision to make this our little Wimbledon, our Roland-Garros, our club for years to come.
Indeed it has proved so and, I can honestly say, I have thoroughly enjoyed playing my tennis at Hale Barns. It flatters not to deceive - there is no bar or grand social club but it embraces you with its warmth and friendship and offers superb tennis courts. Very accessible, easy to join and with an excellent coach, HBTC is also ideal for families. Whether it's regular team tennis you're after or just a friendly knockabout and a cup of tea, you'd do well to swing by The Pavilion at Chapel Lane.
Peter T, Member of HBTC