About Grasshoppers Lawn Tennis Club
Grasshoppers Lawn Tennis Club in Hove (East Sussex) combines tennis of all standards with a vibrant social life. for complete beginners and people who have not played for a while and so are a bit “rusty” there are pay and play sessions on Friday evening, for improvers there is a club session on Tuesday evenings and for the better players there are good standard club sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday morning that are regularly attended by players from all the teams. For the best players there are fixtures against other clubs and additional team practice sessions on Monday evening and Wednesday evenings (see weekly schedule below).
Grasshoppers has three hard courts, resurfaced in September 2015, with floodlights, which can be used up to 10:00pm, and a fully equipped club house. The club also has a ball machine and a Babolat “smart racket” which members can use after instruction.
If you are interested in joining Grasshoppers please drop in or email phil -at- grasshopperstennis -dot- co -dot- uk
The bar in the clubhouse is well stocked and open during all club sessions (see “The Weekly Schedule” below). The clubroom has free WiFi for the use of members. We also have an AED (automatic external defibrillator) – please click here for a 4 minute training video.
For everyone there is an active social life throughout the year with drinks and snacks at the bar on all club sessions and one or more social events most months throughout the year.
Types of membership
The main types of membership are Full member, country member, Student member, transitional club member, off-peak plus Friday night and Social member. Click the “Membership” link above for current membership fees.
How to Join – please email phil -at- grasshopperstennis -dot- co -dot- uk
Visitors are welcome to come to any club session (see the “The Weekly Schedule” below) to have a look around and meet the members. Do bring your tennis kit and you can play as a visitor. If you like you can use the contact us link to let us know you are coming so we can look out for you.
Due to the number of courts available and the demand for them by members, it is unfortunately not possible to cater for either juniors or complete novices on any regular club sessions but novices or people who are out of practice are welcome on our Friday evening sessions.
The club’s location and contact details are on the Contact Us page of this site.
Grasshoppers Lawn Tennis Club – The Weekly Schedule
Club Session from 10:30am until about 1:00pm when full club members can turn up and get a game, usually doubles, playing with a whole variety of different opponents and partners, in the summer members will often arrive up to 30 minutes before the club sessions. We use a pegboard system to organise the games on most club sessions. The club bar will be open during and for a while after the session.
Team practice (by invitation only from your team captain) from 6:30pm.
Club Session from 6:30pm until 10:00pm – as Sunday. Transitional club members can play on this session.
Team session for the top team players (by invitation only from Mark A) from 6:30pm.
Club session from 6:30pm until 10:00pm – as Sunday.
For complete beginners, less serious players or those who are just a bit rusty we run a special Friday evening session when the emphasis is on fun as well as improvement. Anyone of any standard is welcome on these sessions, which start at 6:30pm, just turn up with your kit, pay a £5 visitor’s fee (the first session is free) and you will be found a game which suits you (more details).Club session from 6:30pm until 10:00pm – as Sunday. There is group coaching most Fridays 6.30 to 7.30 for members (non-members pay £3 if there is room)
When not required for internal tournaments or inter-club matches, club members can arrange their own games.
Tournaments – there is an open, veterans and handicap summer tournament (with singles, doubles and mixed competitions), a mixed doubles winter tournament, a daytime box league and “American” tournaments most bank holiday Mondays.
The club has a fairly relaxed dress code see our etiquette page