Welcome to Sway Tennis Club!

Sway Tennis Club is a village club affiliated to the LTA with about a hundred adult members plus juniors.  We offer club play sessions and professional LTA coaching for adults and children.

The aim of this short handbook is to explain how the Club operates and the different sessions and activities that take place. Do join in!

We hope you enjoy being part of the Club.



Membership and Club Structure

If you would like to join the Club, please print a membership application from the website www.swaytennis.com and send the completed form to the Membership Secretary, Rosemary Davies.

Current membership rates are shown on the website and can be paid by cheque or bank transfer.  Subscriptions are paid annually for the year beginning 1 April.  A 50% reduction is applied after September 30th.

The Club is run by a management committee which is elected annually at the AGM in March.  The land is owned by the Parish Council and leased to the Club. The Parish Council oversees the other sports clubs on site. However, we own and maintain the courts, nets, floodlighting etc..


The Clubhouse is shared with the Football Club. It has changing rooms with showers, a kitchen and a communal room. The coach currently has use of one changing room, and offers racquet restringing and Club branded clothing.  A fob is required to access the Clubhouse (see “Court Keys and Fobs” below).


The Club operates as an unincorporated association. The Club officers are elected and committee meetings are held intermittently through the year.


The Club has adopted the LTA safeguarding policy so we may all play feeling safe.



Booking Courts

Members can book courts by blocking out the desired time on weekly sheets in the glass fronted cabinet on the side of the pavilion facing the courts. Members may book one week in advance, non-members cannot reserve the courts but may play if the courts are not reserved.  In future, we hope to introduce online booking through the website.

Which Courts to Use

The committee would be very grateful if Court 3 (the furthest away from the gate) could be used when possible as this has less wear than the others. (NB. The existing carpet court surfaces will be replaced at the beginning of September 2019).


The 3 carpet courts have floodlights. They are operated by tokens, which are available from the coach. The charge is £2 per 30 minutes.

As you enter the courts there are three grey metal boxes at head height on your right. For lighting court 1, insert one or more tokens into the meter in box 1.  After about 30 minutes a warning light half way up the back flood light pole will come on and you must insert another token if you want to play on.  If the floodlights go out you need to wait 10 minutes before they will light up again.

Court Keys and Fobs

The courts are kept padlocked, but members can buy a key for £6 from the membership secretary, Rosemary Davies – email: d.rosemary@gmail.com. For an additional  £20, Rosemary can supply you with a FOB to enter the Clubhouse.  This is only available if you are aged 18 or over.  £15 is refundable if you return the FOB. If you are last to leave the courts, please ensure that the gate is padlocked.

Dress Code and Other Rules

Trainers or tennis shoes should be worn on court at all times.

Men are requested to wear shirts with sleeves when on court.

Smoking of all kinds is forbidden on the courts.

Drinking glasses must not be taken on court.



Club Play Sessions

Members are very welcome to join the following sessions which run throughout the year and for which there is no additional charge. Club sessions are a good way to meet members.  All abilities are welcome and everyone plays by swapping in and out of pairs.

Sunday morning, 10.00 – 12.00

Wednesday morning, 9.00 – 11.00

Tuesday evening, 7.00  – 9.00, floodlit during winter


Two qualified coaches currently operate at the Club. Andy Mayo is a Level 3 Performance Coach (andy.mayo@swaytennis.com or 07920 498021) and has a contract with the Club. Will Luckwell is a Level 2 coach. Speak to either of them to find out which sessions are currently available. (will_luck@outlook.com)

Currently group coaching sessions (£5 per session) are as follows: Tuesday 9-30 -10-30 :  Improvers Group and Thursday 10.00 – 11-00 :  Rusty Rackets.  ( In addition, Doubles “Clinics” are arranged by Andy on an ad hoc basis).

Wednesday Evening Coaching and Club Supper

Doubles coaching with Craig McEwan or Andy Mayo is available from 7 to 8pm every Wednesday evening for £4 per person. This is followed by an optional social tennis session until 8.30pm when the Club Supper takes place until 9.30pm (see below under “Social” for more details).

Thursday Evening Cardio Tennis

Andy Mayo runs a cardio tennis session on Thursdays from 7 to 8pm.  Cardio tennis is a great way to combine fitness and tennis to music.  The charge is £4.50 per person.




The Club holds an annual tournament played over the summer. Players sign up in late April/May and Finals’ Day is usually a Saturday in early September.  Please note that under tournament rules, you must be available to play on Finals’ Day if you sign up.The annual tournament includes a Plate Competition too……(detail needed).

Occasional, organised fun tournaments are also held on New Year’s Day and some Sunday mornings.


The Club enters Men’s, Women’s’ and Mixed Doubles’ teams in the Dorset Leagues. (Summer and Winter)  The teams are managed by team captains and coordinated by Caroline St John. The teams are always keen to have new players. (caroline.stjohn@tiscali.co.uk).



Wednesday Club Supper

A Club Supper is held every Wednesday from 8.30 – 9.30pm. The charge for the Club Supper is £4 plus £1 per glass of wine.  Members take it in turns to provide a main course or dessert.  If you would like to go to a Club Supper please sign up on the list by the Tuesday of the appropriate week.  This is another great way to meet people – all are welcome so do come along. Sign up at the notice board if you wish to have supper provided).

Quiz Night

A Quiz Night is held each year, usually in November at Sway Village Hall.  Members receive details by email and sign up on the Club Notice Board.

Lawn Tennis Association / British Tennis

The Club encourages every member to become an LTA member linked to Sway Tennis Club. This boosts the Club’s allocation of Wimbledon tickets. Information can be found at https://www.lta.org.uk/member/#.  ‘Lite’ membership is free of charge.

Wimbledon Draw

A benefit of being affiliated to the LTA is that the Club has an allocation of pairs of tickets for Wimbledon based on the number of Sway linked LTA Club members.

The timetable is broadly as follows: between September and November the ballot administrator encourages members who are not LTA members to sign up. Between November and February, members are invited by email to opt into the Club Wimbledon ticket draw. Between March and May, the ticket allocation is received. If you are successful, you receive an email with payment details from the LTA.

Craig McEwan Coach

Craig and Marian McEwan founded Sway Tennis Club in May 1984.  Craig has coached at county, regional and national level, with 3 of his former pupils gaining world rankings in the Men’s game and a Junior player achieving top 100 status.  He is a former LTA Tutor, Examiner and Referee, and has a special interest in and experience of wheelchair tennis at international level.  He holds academic qualifications in Education and Psychology and is a qualified Sports masseur and Reiki practitioner.