Ōtautahi Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island. Surrounded by mountains, rivers, oceans and hills, it is a great city to visit and an even better city to play tennis in. For those just passing through or those looking to make a permanent move, there is a wide range of Tennis Clubs spread out across the city.
The most difficult task is not to find one but to choose the best one for you. Ideally, you want it to be in an area you are frequently in, whether that be close to your university, place of work or home. This guide has rounded up a few of the options out there to help you narrow down your search.
Playing Tennis in the Central City
Te Kura Hagley Park Tennis Club INC.
Nestled in the beautiful Hagley Park in Central Christchurch, the Te Kura Hagley Tennis Club is located next to the Botanic Gardens. With six plexipave, four synthetic grass and a whooping eighteen lawn tennis courts, this club is huge.
The TKHP club prides itself on being welcoming, inclusive and social. They welcome all ages and abilities to their courts. For those looking for a more competitive style of play, the Te Kura Hagley Park Tennis Club has a range of options including quality coaching.
One thing that really stands out about this club is its philosophy. They believe that success is about improving and developing more than winning or losing. For those wanting their young family members to play, this is a great approach to help develop their confidence and perseverance.
There are five standard yearly memberships; Seniors, Under 25 or a full-time student, Midweek, junior and hot shots. They all vary in price and you can pay monthly but there is an admin fee associated with monthly payments. If you are feeling unsure about committing for a year, visitors are welcome to play on the courts for $10 per person but the use of floodlights is for members only.
Playing Tennis in the Inner Suburbs
Spreydon Tennis Club
With eight all-weather courts with lights, you can find the Spreydon Tennis Club at the Spreydon Domain. This means that tennis here is all year round for those dedicated to getting on the court during the winter season.
The club offers professional coaching for both junior and senior players as all are welcome to come and develop their skills on the court. For those wanting to play competitively, the club offers Interclub Competitions as well as Club.
During the week the club holds regular social activities such as social tennis on Tuesdays and Saturdays all year round. The club also invites those who want to try it out before joining the chance to come and have a hit for free during the social tennis sessions.
Spreydon Tennis Club offers membership to those who wish to be a part of the community but do not wish to play for whatever reason. This is a perfect option for those wanting to stay connected to the tennis world without the burden of paying for a playing membership.
When purchasing a full-year membership, you can make a one-off payment or spread the payment across four months. If you choose to pay for the Junior membership over a four-month period, there is no extra charge.
Beckenham Tennis Club
Located right next to Beckenham Park is the Beckenham Tennis Club. With four courts, it is the smaller of the bunch but has a lot to offer players from the most advanced to the debutants.
The club offers a comprehensive programme for the juniors and of course school holiday programmes. When you sign up for a Junior membership it includes coaching lessons. Juniors will be coached in their team practice or if they are young, the Saturday morning sessions.
If it is more of a fun social vibe you are looking for, the Beckenham Tennis Club has you covered. They offer twilight tennis for senior social doubles during the week so you can come and have a bit of fun after work during daylight savings. They continue training throughout winter for those who want to retain and continue developing their skills.
The Beckenham Tennis Club memberships allow people to sign up midway through the year or to pay monthly. If you are interested in a full-year membership they kick off at the beginning of August.
Shirley Tennis Club
The Shirley Tennis Club is a friendly club welcoming all who are interested in giving tennis a go. With five synthetic grass courts and four synpave hardcourts, they are not short on space and you can play all through the year thanks to the floodlights.
Located in Richmond Park, the Shirley Tennis Club is perfect for Juniors, Seniors, competitive and social players. They run a number of tournaments during the season such as a Twilight Points Competition on Wednesday evenings, Club championships, Senior Handicap Championships, the Parent/Child Trophy and many more!
For the Juniors of the club, there is organised play every Saturday. There they learn how to warm up correctly, enhance hand/eye coordination through ball skills and are divided into small groups of the same playing level. The emphasis is on enjoyment so the coaching is appropriate for the level being taught.
If you're interested in seeing if the Shirley Tennis Club is right for you and your family, they offer three free sessions. If you need a bit more time there is the trial membership for $30 which adds an extra three sessions (max six in total). If you decide to join the club, there is a $30 reduction off the yearly membership so you lose nothing by giving it a go.
Playing Tennis in the Outer Suburbs
South Brighton Tennis Club
Established in 1929, the South Brighton Tennis Club has five tennis courts and a volley court. This family-friendly club can be found in the South Brighton Domain. It is a social club that holds events regularly throughout the year.
With an International Tennis Federation accredited Coach a part of the team, the Juniors programme should appeal to all. Like many other clubs, they deliver Tennis New Zealand’s national programme Hotshots, so if you are thinking of switching from another club you don’t have to worry about your child's progress being lost.
For those looking to get back into or take up the sport, the club offers tennis Xpress. It is a six-session programme aimed at improving your coordination, fitness and skills in tennis. The club believes no age is too old to take up the sport so why not give it a go.
With a range of memberships from Gold Card holders to students to families, you can choose the membership that works best for you and your situation. The memberships run from September to August.
Cashmere Tennis Club
Nestled in the Cashmere Valley you will find the Cashmere Tennis Club. With eight plexipave and four astro courts, these courts can be used all year round with the added feature of lights to extend hours of play.
For the senior players, you have the option of midweek, social, or interclub. Interclub lets you play competitively and socially. Midweek has social competition that you can be part of and social lets you play when you want except in Interclub tournaments. The price of the membership depends on what option you would like to take.
For the younger ones, the Junior section is divided into Hotshots or Interclub. It is a high-quality programme and each group receives an hour of club coaching a week. There are programmes that run through summer and winter to keep developing their skills all year round.
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