Farnborough Tennis Club Orpington
 Farnborough Tennis Club Orpington

 Latest News for 2019



                   Finals Day

         Saturday 14 September



Bad weather, together with a lack of finalists, meant that our first Finals Day in July could not take place. However, we are delighted to be able announce two finals for the morning of 14 September. 


The Mens Doubles Final will feature David Stirk and Brian Keegan against Paul Taylor and Paul Stainsbury. This is scheduled to start at 9.30am.


This will be followed by the Mens Veterans Final between

Chris Ponulak and Peter Sargent.


We are hoping that the remaining Finals can be played on the following two Saturdays. Watch this space............

We hope that lots of our members will be able to come along to cheer the players on. Who knows.......if the matches are over quickly, some social play may be possible afterwards!



 American Tournament Winners


The winners of our tournament on Sunday 28 April were

Rose Howell and David Stirk. Congratulations to them.  

Many thanks to Louise and Carl Nicholas for organising the event (and to those who provided the delicious cakes and biscuits!)

Coaching Sessions


Our coach, Paul Taylor, is organising some coaching sessions aimed at those who have entered our summer tournaments, but open to all members. Details below:-


Key Dates for new season 2019-20


3rd April    -   Wednesday Club Sessions change to the evening

                      (5.30pm for first few weeks, 6pm thereafter)                                 


6th April     -   key change day


21st April   -   deadline for entries to Summer Tournament


27th April   -   draw for Summer Tournament


28th April   -   American Tournament


20th July    -   Finals Day 1


21st Aug     -   Ladies Invitation Day


14th Sept    -   Finals Day 2


29th Sept    -   American Tournament

New Members Wanted


We are looking to increase our membership, both Adults and Juniors. Become a member and enjoy the following benefits:-

  • Well-maintained courts and clubhouse in a beautiful setting

  • Play all-year in the great outdoors (rain is very rare in Locksbottom, owing to its unique micro-climate!)

  • A low annual fee for membership (family rates available)

  • Your key gives you access 365 days a year

  • Make new friends by joining our friendly Club Sessions

  • Participate in our annual tournaments, always great fun

  • Social events

  • The opportunity for professional coaching

The following article appears in the local press.

            QUIZ NIGHT 2018


On Saturday evening, 5th May, over 100 members and guests turned up at St Paul's Church Hall, Crofton, for our latest very successful Quiz Night.  The questions were challenging, the competition was fierce and the cake was delicious! 


Many thanks to Louise Nicholas and her "team" for organising a great evening.

Article in Farnborough Local - May 2018

To find out more, contact us via the links on this website, or just pop along during one of our club sessions (for example, on a Saturday morning) where members will be delighted to help you.


In the "Contact" section, there is an application form which you can download. The form gives details of the fees applicable.



Christmas (Mince Pie) Tournament

The weather forecast was grim for 29th December, but FTC members are not easily deterred.

................................................Undeterred FTC members.......................................................

As it turned out, play was continuous almost all afternoon, with just one short rain-break. We triumphed. Or at least some of us did.

The overall winners were Margaret Gooden and David Howell, with Jane Wells, Steve Gooden and Brian Keegan as joint runners-up. 


To conclude the afternoon, the last remaining trophies were presented to winners of our 2017 Summer Tournament.

Louise Nicholas was crowned Ladies Singles Champion and Louise also claimed the Mixed Doubles trophy with David Howell. 

We have hit the front page of the newspapers!

Read the article below.




In 2015, FTC was 40 years old. To celebrate our 40th anniversary a special Dinner was held on Saturday Evening, 3rd October, at Cherry Lodge Golf Club in Biggin Hill. Current members were joined by many former members, including several who were there at the very beginning of the Club's history. Our thanks go especially to Margaret Gooden and her family for organising the event. Margaret and her late husband Colin Shakspeare were two of the founder members back in 1975.


Our Chairman, Nigel Holmes, speaking at the 40th Anniversary Dinner


The red carpet was rolled out and trophies were presented to the runners-up and winners of this year's Summer Tournament.


The Colin Shakspeare Cup presented by his daughters Rachel and Jocelyn to June Beesley and David Howell (Mixed Doubles Champions)

Coaching available


Please contact:-    Paul Taylor   01689 639026 

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Farnborough Local - Dec 2018
Farnborough Local November 2018
Ladies Day 2018
Mens Veterans Final 2018
Ladies Invitation Day 2018
Super Saturday 2018
Mens Doubles Final 2018
Farnborough Local April 2018
Click above for article in Farnborough Local about the 40th Anniversary Dinner

Address: Farnborough Tennis Club Willow Walk Orpington Kent BR6 7AS

Want to become a member?

Go to our About Us page to contact a member of the committee, use our Contact page to send us a message, or call and see us at the courts during one of our Club Sessions.