Tennis at the Dean
The Dean has 4 all-weather sand-filled artificial grass tennis courts with floodlighting on two courts, to make tennis playable all year round. During busy times it’s advisable to book a tennis court: see booking section. There is also a mini-court for younger players. A newly repainted practice wall is also available for players to practice their strokes.
The committee have entered into a maintenance contract with a local company in order to keep the courts in the best condition possible and to try and ensure their longevity. However, please do use one of the drag brushes, after you’ve played, to help re-distribute the sand, remove leaves and discourage plant growth etc.
Tennis coaching sessions are available for groups and individuals with our professional tennis coach Richard Axton, see more below.
The tennis tournament is usually held on a Saturday in September. It’s a good excuse to get the BBQ going and enjoy a drink or two as you cheer on the finalists. The following links show some photos from recent championships:
- 2016 Tennis championships
- 2015 Tennis championships
- 2014 Tennis championships
If you would like to participate in the ladies’ team practice sessions or join the team competition please contact Liz Falconer.
Club Social Tennis
Mixed abilities ladies’ and gents’ social Tennis, Wednesdays 7-8:00 pm & Saturdays 5-6pm, until further notice. Please email Emily Anderson or text her on 07799-893391 to be added to the mailing list.
Social Tennis is every Sunday 2-4 pm.
Dean organises events throughout the year, such as double tennis tournaments. These are open to all abilities and provide a great way to improve your tennis and meet other members! Please contact a committee member for details.
Aim: The aim of the leagues is to provide tennis members with the opportunity of playing singles tennis with different players of a similar standard.
Commitment: Depending upon division size, players will have approximately 4 matches to play every month, but should play at least one match if they wish to be included in the next round.
Match Scoring: To keep matches short, the first player to win 9 games wins the match. The score, in games, should be entered as follows: e.g. If player ‘A’ beat player ‘B’ by 9 games to 8 then player ‘A’ gets a score of 9-8 and player ‘B’ gets a score of 8-9. A player’s own scores are entered on the horizontal (same general format as the squash leagues ie. symmetrical about a diagonal from top left to bottom right).
Points: To encourage people to play, points are awarded as follows: 2 points for playing a match 1 point for each game won and 3 points for winning the match ie. a maximum of 14 points per match.
Promotion/Demotion: Typically the two players with the most points will be promoted and the two with the fewest will be demoted. Some adjustments to these guidelines are often necessary as people join/withdraw.
Joining: Players wishing to join/rejoin should add their details to the current leagues sheet. Indicate which division you hope to join. Assume 4 divisions with division 1 being the strongest.
Walk-overs: Walkovers should be recorded as w/o in the challengers box and – in the box of the player who calls off.
If you’d like to sign up or suggest improvements to these rules contact Patrick Jones.
Coaching – Senior and Junior
Our coach Richard Axton is available for private and group coaching for members and non-members. Private coaching is £20 an hour (£25 for non-members) and £5 per person in group sessions (£7 for non-members).
Richard is an LTA Licensed Level 2 Coach, currently progressing to Level 3. Richard is a full time tennis coach, coaching at Craiglockhart and Dean. Available for Individual or group lessons of all ages and standards.
If non-members decide to join after they have had non-member coaching sessions; they will be reimbursed 5 sessions worth of additional fees paid for coaching.
Regular Coaching Times
Currently Dean has:
🎾 Cardio Tennis on Monday evenings from 6:30 until 7:30 pm. The cost is £5 for members, £7 for Non-members. All welcome. Please contact Richard for more details
🎾 Cardio Tennis with Strength and Conditioning. Saturdays 10-11am. The cost is £5 for members, £7 for Non-members. All welcome. Please contact Richard for more details
🎾 Beginners group coaching on Tuesday evenings – please contact Richard for more details
🎾 Junior coaching at the weekend & weekday evenings – Richard has various junior coaching groups depending on ability, please contact him if you would like junior coaching
For information regarding booking our facilities, visit to our booking section.
For more information regarding coaching sessions, please feel free to contact us.