New Members Information

A long-standing community facility

Our Club was established in 1908, shortly after the Australian colonies united to become a nation. It has a history as long as the Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters.

Lane Cove Tennis Club is an unincorporated association. It has a Constitution that contains the formal rules under which it operates. It is run by a committee of unpaid volunteers who are elected from the membership.  The committee members are identified on a Board in the Clubhouse. Should you have any suggestions, issues or would like to join the committee during your membership with us, we encourage you to contact a committee member.

A few conditions of use

The Club has a lease arrangement with Lane Cove Council that sets out the terms on which the Club may use the 5 tennis courts and the clubhouse located at Central Park, Longueville. Our ability to continue to use the facilities depends on strict compliance with the Lease, and we seek the cooperation of all members in ensuring that we do. We ask you to note:

  1. The Lease allows for play only between specific hours of the day, from early morning to sunset (Mon to Fri:  6:30am to sunset; Sat and Sun 8:30am to sunset).   These hours appear on the fence signage on court 2 near the gate;
  2. Although the courts are bounded mainly by the Longueville Club, Kenneth Street and Central Park, our facilities are in a residential area, and noise complaints by residents have at times been an issue;
  3. In consideration for residents and other Club members’ bad language around the Club or on court is not acceptable;
  4. There are no onerous dress standards, such as an all or predominantly white dress policy – all that is expected is respectable attire and proper tennis shoes that do not damage the courts.

Club operations and sustainability

Financially the Club aims to cover its operating costs and generate a small surplus in order to maintain and improve the clubhouse facilities and the courts for member and community use.

We rely on member subscriptions, fees from tennis coaches and other hirers of our facilities. Our largest costs are lease payments to Council and court maintenance costs. The Club aims to put money away every year in a Court Maintenance Reserve to allow for resurfacing of the courts. The Club has other usual operating costs such as utilities, cleaning, insurance etc.  As with many sporting clubs, there are financial challenges. However, to date, the Club has been able to cope well financially.

What’s on offer

The Club offers a range of tennis and recreational options.  Here are just a few for you to consider:

    • Free court hire (depending on your membership category) – outside permanent court hire, within opening hours and when playing with other members. Book a court on-line.  You will receive an email with an access code.  Simply key the access code into the keypad outside the clubhouse.
    • Resident coach – the Club has a resident coaching program provided by Paul’s Tennis Academy. They offer private and group lessons, squad training, and school holiday camps for juniors. If you are interested in a lesson contact Paul and his team or call him on 0404 896 778.
    • Equipment discount – all of our members can receive a 10% discount on any purchases from Tennis Ranch. Just tell them that you are a Lane Cove Tennis Club member to receive a reduced price.
    • Competition tennis – for the more competitive player.  The club enters teams into the Northern Suburbs Tennis Association competitions and Sydney Badge. Find out more on these comps at  If you are interested in playing competition, contact the Competition Secretary at Junior members play for free!
    • Saturday social – every Saturday afternoon at 1:30pm, there is organised social. This is no cost to full members, and $10 for all other membership categories.  Sets are organised, and balls are supplied.  You don’t have to contact anyone, simply turn up.
    • Tuesday social – every Tuesday morning from 9:00am, there is organised social. Sets are organised, balls are supplied.
    • Club Championships – held annually in early Spring, over a few Sundays. There are a range of events – junior and adult, plus Vets – singles, doubles and mixed.
    • Social events – throughout the year, there are a number of member activities. President’s Day is in December – Saturday Social with a BBQ and prawns – a form of Xmas party.  Other annual social events are ANZAC Day, a doubles event, and Wimbledon Day, where tennis is played with strawberries and cream, Pimms and a dash of Aussie spirit a BBQ.  The Garry Butler Shield is a competitive inter-club between our rival Kooroora – fun afternoon of tennis players and spectators. All social events are communicated to members.
    • Sunday Squad – the 3rd Sunday of the month, the club’s coach conducts a squad for intermediate to advanced players.  The squad goes from 3:00pm to 5:00 pm and is open to all members and non-members at a cost of $30.
    • Sydney Vets – every Monday (9:00am to midday), Wednesday (9:00am to midday) and Friday (9:00am to midday) there is organised social for the over 50s. This is organised by Sydney Vets.  There is a small cost per day to cover balls.  For more information contact Ian Chappel on 0421 052 727 or visit their website.

  • Insurances and member protection – Lane Cove is affiliated with Tennis NSW. This means all volunteers, members, coaches of the club are protected under Tennis Australia’s Insurance Program – Public and Products Liability Insurance, Director and Officers Cover, and Personal Accident Insurance for all registered players.
  • Pilates, gyrotonics and yoga – our upstairs room is a dedicated pilates, gyrotonics and yoga studio. Run by leading pilates and gyrotonics instructor Ingrid Shaw, there are weekly and weekend classes, private sessions and classes for teens. Studio sessions, group classes and workshops plus the timetable and costs can be found here –  YogaBowl clients are club members and receive a free court hire for the year.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Club. Happy tennis!