Welcome to Frome Selwood Tennis Club


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Play FREE OF CHARGE for your first month at our club nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm and on weekends from 2pm. To look at membership options and pay online, click here

Apply Now for Junior and Adult Coaching

Team Bath are delivering the winter coaching from 2nd September 2019. There are many courses and activities on offer and you can apply on line here

Stephen Marcelle (the coach) will be very pleased to hear from you if you need further information. His contact details are: sm2729@bath.ac.uk and 07847 476521.

We have received a number of questions about whether the Reaching Out Scheme for children from low income families is still running. The answer is yes and now it includes free club membership.

Free Tennis Sessions on Park Courts Saturdays 3pm-4:30pm

Here is a link for information on the free summer tennis coach led sessions

Three Minute On Line Survey - Proposal to Floodlight the Community Tennis Courts

Frome Selwood Tennis Club would like to install floodlighting to the Community Tennis Courts in the Mary Baily Playing Field. This would significantly extend the use of the courts over the year, so that they could be used all day during the winter months. This would enable junior after-school tennis to continue right through the winter, and provide more availability for the public and club players during the darker months.
The lighting scheme will be designed to minimise any light falling outside of the court area and will be of modern low-energy design.
Please let us have your views on this proposal here
The outcome will help Frome Town Council make the decision as to whether to proceed with this initiative.


The Club is holding a Public Consultation Day on Saturday July 20th from 12am until 4pm. The club are planning to build a new pavilion and are also hoping to obtain the agreement of Frome Town Council to add floodlighting to the adjacent Community Courts.

A Sport England Community Asset Fund Grant of 50% has already been obtained toward the pavilion, and the club is hopeful that Sport England will also support the floodlighting project if Frome Town Council give the go ahead.

Club members and the public are invited to come and look at the proposals and provide their views. Alongside the Consultation Day the club is holding its annual Finals Day, and the club committee would also like to invite the public to come and enjoy watching some tennis, have their speed of serve measured and perhaps enjoy some Pimms and a BBQ.

We hope a large number of members of the public and also tennis players come and have their say. We would really like to hear their views on this community initiative.

The floodlighting of the courts is necessary to extend the court hours available during the year and will enable the club to continue after-school Junior Tennis during the winter months. The new pavilion will provide an improved social environment for players and their families and will replace the old one which is now 23 years old.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday and hearing what you have to say!

John Price
Fundraising & Development Officer

Frome Selwood Tennis Club

Frome's Free Tennis Sessions

Frome's Free Tennis Sessions will return to the club in April 2019. For more information please contact Stephen Marcelle at sm2729@bath.ac.uk or 07847 476521

Can Your Business Support a Young Tennis Player?

In an exciting new initiative Frome Selwood Tennis Club is driving forward plans to support children's accessibility to tennis.

The Club recognises that tennis can be expensive for some parents and they are looking for a local company (or companies) to help run a concessionary membership scheme for juniors whose parents are on low income and state benefits. The Club wants to provide a 50% discount for up to 10 candidates. They are hoping to run the scheme for 5 years at a cost in total of approximately £7,000 over those years.

The Club is inviting a sponsor or sponsors to come forward and be associated with the scheme. A significant sponsor would be able to put their name to the scheme and display a banner at the club and receive various other publicity benefits alongside.

Club Chair, John Price said: "Tennis is a great sport, is fun for all levels of ability and its profile in the UK has been raised considerably over the last few years. At Frome Selwood Tennis Club we see tennis as an inclusive game not an exclusive one, but not every family can afford to send their child along to tennis coaching. If we can find some generous sponsors to help us with this scheme it will give several of those children who are excited to learn new tennis skills the chance to do so".

For more information or to discuss possible involvement in the scheme, please email chairman@frometennis.net.

Frome gains the Aegon Tennis Club of the Year Award 2016

The Somerset LTA Committee have awarded Frome Selwood Tennis Club the Aegon Tennis Club of the Year Award for 2016. The Club will now go forward to the Regional Club of the Year Round.

The club was congratulated for its role in the provision of 3 superb new tennis courts for the community with advanced on-line booking and access, and also its high participation levels. We were applauded for actively encouraging Tennis for all age groups from 3yrs to 80yrs old, and all standards of tennis from our many Adult Teams, the Park Singles Tennis Leagues and to those playing for pleasure. We were also congratulated for our strong presence in the local community and our high membership satisfaction levels and membership retention.

We have demonstrated a willingness to think innovatively and progressively in order to grow and develop all aspects of the club (e.g. marketing & promotion, utilising technology, membership & coaching programme structure, engaging in LTA initiatives)

Club Chairman John Price said: "We are delighted and very proud to receive this award. It has been hard-earned by our committee and our member volunteers. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those who give their time and efforts so freely now and in the past for the good of our club: members of the committee, trustees, league team captains and players, parents, all the volunteers helping at our club events, the many long term members who have contributed so much in the past and continue to do so, and all those who do their best for the club in too many ways to mention. It is also important to recognise the very important work put in by Chris Matthews and our hard-working coaching team".

Contract Placed with S & C Slatters

Frome Selwood Tennis Club announced today that 3 new tennis courts are to be built in Victoria Park to replace the existing 3 derelict courts. As part of the package of work, the old courts are to be removed and the area returned to grass, with some of the material from the old courts being re-cycled and used for the foundation of the new courts. The club is working in partnership with Frome Town Council who placed the order with the Newbury company today.
John Price (Club Chairman) said that: "This is great news. The club has been working in partnership with the town council for 2½ years to raise the money for the courts, and he thanked the grant bodies for their support. These include: Sport England, the LTA, Mendip District Council and Frome Community Lottery. Also he expressed thanks to club members and townspeople for sponsoring their square of court and helping to raise the sum required - their names are permanently recorded on the club web site".
Work on the courts will start in early December and should be completed in time for the start of the tennis season in April.
The courts will be operated and maintained by the tennis club on behalf of the town council and will be available for the general public on a pay and play basis with booking and payment being made on-line at the town council offices and also at the Park Café on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The club will also use the courts on some evenings for matches, club evenings and booked sessions.

John Price (Chairman)

More Good News - Another £10,000 awarded

The Club has just learnt that it has been awarded a further £10,000 this time by Mendip District Council, for the new courts in the park. This leaves only another £2,500 to raise. Work has now started on a planning application and design work, which will be carried out by NVB Architects.

FSTC Awarded £75,000 by Sport England

The project has been awarded funding as part of SEs Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Programme. Sport England awarded the full £75,000 requested.

"Grass Roots Tennis" is a project to build three new tennis courts in Victoria Park to replace the worn-out courts adjacent to Weymouth Road. The courts will be available to the general public on a Pay and Play basis and will be operated and managed by Frome Selwood Tennis Club.

The application was jointly made by the tennis club and the town council.

The project still requires a further 10% to be raised.

Funds are being contributed by both the club and the town council. The club would also like to acknowledge funding provided by the LTA, Frome Community Lottery and Mendip District Council Community Environment Fund.

John Price (FSTC Chairman) said: "The Club has been working very hard over the past two years to raise money for the courts. In addition to applying for many grants, we have run quiz's, held social events and open days, and our juniors have helped pack bags at Asda - its all been a great team effort. He added: "This is a wonderful opportunity to increase the number of people playing tennis in Frome. It will enable the general public to play on the best facilities in the area without having to join a club".

Raise money for the Tennis Club when you make an on-line purchase

Dear Members,

From The Chairman

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All the best


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