hello, we are the essex blades tennis club

Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent's court. The object of the game is to play the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return. The player who is unable to return the ball will not gain a point, while the opposite player will.

How many teams do we have?

Men's 1st Team (BUCS South East 2B)
Men's 2nd Team (BUCS South East 4B)
Men's 3rd Team (BUCS South East 5B)
Women's 1st Team (BUCS South East 2B)
Women's 2nd Team (BUCS South East 3B)
Women's 3rd Team (BUCS South East 3B)


Recent honours?

Essex Blades Silver Standard Club - 2017/18
Essex Blades Gold Standard Club - 2018/19
Essex Blades Club of the Year - 2018/19
Essex Blades Social Club of the Year - 2018/19
Essex Blades Simon Loveday Award - William Gurton - 2018/19
Essex Blades Volunteer of the Year - Edward Beach - 2018/19
Women's 1st Team - BUCS South East 2B Winners - 2018/19
Men's 2nd Team - BUCS South East 4B Winners - 2016/17 & 2018/19


Do I need anything else before I get involved?

To play you simply need sports clothing and trainers. Rackets can be provided for Beginner's but members are welcome to bring their own.

Join us*

To be a part of the club, you need to join up as a member. All of the different club membership options are listed below with a description of what each membership covers.

* Please note that your membership information will be used in conjunction with Essex Sport (University), purely for the purpose of providing access to required facilities and data analysis. Your data will not be shared with anyone else or used for marketing purposes.


Please note, as memberships have to be uploaded to the Essex Sport system manually, it may take 3-5 working days before you are able to book onto your session via the Essex Sport app and attend training sessions. Should you have any problems, please email  

Training times

Please note, club training times listed below are during University term-time only.



Men's training for BUCS teams.



tuesday | 7-9pm | HARD COURTS/BUBBLE

Women's training for BUCS teams.


club training


Internal match play events (Singles & Doubles) for all active club members.


club training


All club members welcome.



looking for a different way to play?

Through Essex Sport, we also offer different ways to play the sports you love. For more information, please click here or email Chris, our University Tennis Head Coach.


fast4 league

(various dates)

For Men's & Women's players just below BUCS level; a new FAST4 format against other universities.


team challenge

(various dates)

Short, one-off tournaments hosted by universities, aimed at recreational players with an emphasis on fun.


student tennis ladder league

friday | 7-9pm | tennis courts

Internal ladder format to challenge fellow Essex students to a match and climb positions on the ladder.


cardio tennis

tuesday | 6-7pm | tennis courts

A fun group activity, for any playing level. Burning calories whilst hitting plenty of balls to the latest music beats!


ladies lunch

Monday |1-2pm | TENNIS COURTS

A session of coaching and doubles play for the ladies (must be able to rally, serve and play doubles).


club night

Thursday | 6-8pm | Tennis courts

A chance to meet other players and practice doubles (must be able to rally, serve and play doubles).


club play

sunday | 10am-12 noon | tennis courts

A chance to meet other players and practice doubles (must be able to rally, serve and play doubles).


tennis xpress

monday | 6-7pm | tennis courts

A chance to learn how to play the basic Tennis strokes.


tennis xpress

friday | 1-2pm | tennis Courts

A chance to learn how to play the basic Tennis strokes.


tennis intermediate

thursday | 5-6pm | tennis courts

For more experienced players looking to improve their skills.


tennis advanced

friday | 6-7pm | tennis courts

For well established players looking for specific training from our professional coach.


Club committee



easwara shanthakumar


marcus greet

Vice-president - Men's

amore castelyn

Vice-president - woMen's & social secretary

qianna wan


ilyas hasanli

welfare officer

elizabeth norman

social secretary & communications officer

dhawal beohar

volunteering officer

klaudia kosicka


camila bouffier

charity & fundraising officer

galin nikov

alumni officer