Join Us & FAQ

Thank you for your interest in joining the Butterfly Tennis Club. 

Over the last few years we have had a huge increase in players joining the club which has been fantastic, but has also presented us with some challenges. 

We only have two courts and therefore demand for the courts has increased, especially at weekends and on summer evenings, and even more so as a result of so many people working from home because of the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

As a result we have had to make some changes to accommodate everyone and ensure all members have a chance to play.

Starting from 1st April 2020 we have brought in new rules for joining BTC.

Please read the following guidance notes and FAQs before applying for membership. 
 
We currently have a waiting list for all types of membership. This may change later in the year once we have floodlights and the new courts but we can't guarantee that. In all likelihood, the earliest we will consider new members is May 2021 when we know how many current members have not paid for the 2021-22 membership fees.

We have 4 tiers of membership at the club based around peak and off peak times.
Peak members: 8.30am - 9.30pm, Monday - Sunday.
Off Peak members: 8.30am - 5.30pm, Monday - Friday.

Membership runs from 1st April - 31st March 
Individual Peak Membership (£80)
Family Membership (£125)
Two adults and any children under 18 from the same household. Peak time access.
Concessionary Peak Time Membership £30
Unemployed, children, Over 65 - you will need to provide proof of eligibility. 
Off peak Membership £40

  New rules regarding membership.
  • We will give priority to people who live or work in the following postcodes: SE5 0**, SE5 7**, SE5 8**, SE5 9**, SE15 4**, SE15 5**, SE24 0**, SE22 8**. You can still apply to join if you live outside these postcodes, but people who live within these postcodes would have priority over you in the waiting list. 
  •  Membership: is limited to 260 adult members. We are currently at this level, so have a waiting list for members and we won't be accepting any more members for the 2020-21 season. Please fill in the form below if you want to be added to the waiting list but please be aware that we won't be able to consider any new members until April 2021 at the earliest.

An optional donation can be added which, if you are a UK taxpayer can have Gift Aid reclaimed on it.

Please note this is a yearly membership and there is no pro-rata discounts if you join half way through the year. We are planning to resurface the courts and install floodlights at the end of 2020 (See FAQs below). The courts will be closed at this time for several weeks but there will be no refund available.


FAQs
  • How do I join? If you would like to join the Butterfly Tennis Club, please fill in the form below. We only process new members at the beginning of each month so you may not hear from us until then. Once we process the memberships, we will send you the login details for the booking site. Please note that you will not be able to book courts and use the facilities until you have paid your membership in full.
  • How many courts do you have? We have two courts and a children's mini tennis court.
  • Do I have to pay to book a court? Not at present. Once you have paid your membership fees, courts are free to book. (However, this may change when floodlights are installed)
  • Do you have a tennis coach? Yes we do. Matt Bennett teaches private one to one classes, the kids classes and adult drills sessions.  If you would like private lessons, we can provide details once you have signed up. 
  • Do you have children's classes? Yes we do. Please see the Children's Tennis Class page for more details.
  • Do you have social tennis evenings? We are currently trialling these so that they are roughly every 2-3 weeks. If successful, we will hold them every 2 weeks, once at the weekend and once during the week. We also have drills sessions once a week roughly. (Currently suspended because of social distancing restrictions).
  • What are drills sessions? Drills are group classes of between 8-10 people, where Matt works on practising specific shots and strategies for playing tennis. There are two levels, advanced and beginner-intermediate. Once you are a member, you will be put on the Whatsapp group that advertises these events, if you are on Whatsapp and have ticked the box allowing us to contact you this way. (Currently suspended because of social distancing restrictions).
  • When will the floodlights and new surface be installed? We successfully applied for planning permission for floodlights in 2019 and have also been given some funding by Sport England to redevelop the courts. This work will happen later in 2020, probably around September and October. During this time the courts will be out action for about 8 weeks, depending on the weather. There will be no discounts or refunds on membership fees.
  • How many bookings can I make at any time? We have recently changed the booking rules. Please see the booking rules page for more information.

Apply to join  
If you would like to join please complete the form below in full. We only process new membership enquiries in the first week of every month and you will receive an email with payment details and log in detail for the court booking site. Once we have your payment, we will email you all other necessary information and details of how to access the courts.

You will need to evidence concessionary entitlement and if you are applying for a family membership, you will need to give email addresses and names for anyone else in your family who you want to be able to make a booking.

If you have any questions, please email Tom Leighton the membership secretary at butterflytennisclub@gmail.com

Joining the Club means you agree to the Rules.

You will not be able to book courts until you have paid this year's membership in full. Payment is made through Stripe which allows us to process payments and renewals directly into our MyCourts membership & booking system.  
For donations, please include if you are a UK taxpayer and the donation is eligible for Gift Aid.  Thank you.

Please also note that all of the club officers are volunteers and have other responsibilities, so do not expect an instant response from us. We will do our best but please bear with us!  

Thank you.

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