Salts Tennis Club

About Salts Tennis Club

Salts Tennis: Members Court

Salts Tennis Club is a community amateur sports club, and achieved Tennis Club Mark which is awarded by the Lawn Tennis Association for clubs who show that their programmes and practices are in keeping with the guidelines laid down by the governing bodies especially in regard to juniors.

In early 2009, the club appointed Richard Senior as head coach and with the help and guidance from our junior co-ordinator John Bretherick, our junior programmes and junior memberships have risen from a relatively small number to over 120. This has culminated in the club being awarded the title of 2010 Club of the County by the Yorkshire Lawn Tennis Association and 2010 National Club of the Year by our governing body the Lawn Tennis Association. The year 2011 saw the club being awarded Beacon Status for its Affordable for All tennis programmes.

Salts Tennis Courts

Salts Tennis Club now runs 12 teams (Yorkshire League Ladies and Men's and two mixed, four mens, three ladies and a junior team within local leagues) and has a vibrant membership. From the 1990s through today, Salts has been successful in winning the local Bradford league championships in the Juniors, Mixed and Men's leagues, along with numerous promotions from lower divisions, including in 2004, when the Ladies team in the Bradford league were not only unbeaten all season, they won every game 4-0 apart from one game where one of the team members had to retire ill.

Salts Tennis Club has aspired to be, (and is considered by many to be), the premier small tennis club in the Bradford area, only behind Heaton Tennis & Squash Club as the LTA performance club for the Bradford area. In recent years, Salts has built relationships with Heaton for coaching and junior development, which we are expanding upon with the joint sports development program.

The Tennis Club's objectives for the next five years starting in 2009 with the appointment of Richard Senior as head coach was to develop a junior coaching program to bring the Titus Salt School children into the game from Titus Salt School, the 13 primary schools that feed into Titus Salt School, Saltaire, Shipley and the surrounding areas. To work with the Schools Sports Development Officers, Bradford Council and the Shipley Area Committee and the Extended Schools projects work to bring affordable coaching and structured competitive play to a catchment area of over 7,000 children.

We are also looking to develop an outreach coaching program across a number of local tennis clubs, coordinating with the YLTA CDO to build coaching links to St Peters, Eldwick, Beckfoot and Bingley tennis clubs. The coaching activities will include mini tennis, school and club tennis coaching and organised competitive play.

Our goal is to grow to 400 members, providing social and competitive play for all. We have built a junior development plan working with the YLTA, which includes a performance coaching plan to deliver further coaching opportunities for gifted juniors.

Salts Tennis Club Facilities Plan

In 1995, a new committee was formed to ensure the club's future. We obtained a Sports and Arts Federation grant to rebuild the existing three courts to LTA specifications. We also instigated a business plan to ensure that sufficient funds were available to maintain the new courts, and re-surface them in 10 to 12 years time. This business plan was well managed, and with some additional support from the Lawn Tennis Association and the Sports and Arts Federation, we floodlit two courts in March 2008, added a fourth tennis court and resurfaced the original three courts in May 2009. Two of the courts were floodlit after a stronger electricity cable was laid, giving our supply more capability in early 2010. The ultimate aim is to get all four courts floodlit by the end of 2012.

To find out more, visit the Salts Tennis Club website.

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