History

Great Ayton Tennis Club is one of the oldest family tennis clubs in North Yorkshire, celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2019. We are delighted that we have three generations playing competitive tennis today. Grandparents, parents, children; and grandchildren who are given a ball and racket to play with as soon as they are able.

Our iconic village location is both Nationally and Internationally known, as a result of being a gateway to the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors National Park and the home of Captain Cooks family whose Great Ayton house (moved stone by stone) can now be visited in a park in Melbourne, Australia.

Over the last 20 years, we averaged 200 senior and juniors members, resurface our 3 main match courts with “Poraflex” which meets the changing needs of our village community with the 3rd agers playing longer, the young seniors wanting to play at the highest level they can achieve and the nurturing of the next generation of juniors and fulfills the requirement to be self-sustaining made in return for Sport England Lottery funding 20 years ago which at that time enabled the original number of courts to be increased from 3 to 5. A porous state of the art, LTA approved surface, “Emerald” was laid at that time together with other improvements to the site required by the planning application including a new car park and entrance and landscaping.

“Poraflex” is similarly a new porous surface, that is also cushioned and aligns well with the objects of the Club that became a Registered Charity (CIO) in 2017. (The objects of GATC are the promotion of community participation in healthy recreation in particular in the provision of facilities for the playing of tennis). The “Poraflex” surface aligns with the Trustees long term Development Plan and our Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) compliant Safe and Inclusive Policies for our members.

Stage 1 was implemented in 2017/2018.  We resurfaced our match courts with a state of art “Poraflex” surface that meet the changing needs of our village community with the 3rd agers playing longer, the young seniors wanting to play at the highest level they can achieve and the nurturing of the next generation of juniors. We hope the juniors will enjoy a lifetime of tennis playing as the senior members continue to do, whether in our area or join Clubs elsewhere, wherever their lives take them. You can read about the Opening Event by our MP Rishi Sunak in the past events section of the website.  You will also find a Youtube video (courtesy of Mike Newton) with interviews of our Chair, members and representatives of the LTA and Yorkshire Tennis.  It was widely reported in the local press.