Welcome to Sutton LTC

Proudly awarded ‘Leinster Tennis Club of the Year 2023 / 2024’

Sutton LTC is one Ireland’s leading tennis and squash Clubs (and one of the oldest tennis Clubs in the world). Whether as a beginner or an elite player the Club offers opportunities for all ages for healthy and fulfilling activities.

Along with competitive tournaments, events and league matches in Tennis, Squash and Snooker there is a lively social scene within the Club with many events organised throughout the year.

 

Club Facilities

Opening Hours

7 days per week.

We have excellent sporting and social facilities:
  • 11 LED floodlit tennis courts
  • 2 seasonal indoor tennis courts (between mid April to mid September)
  • 2 tennis mini-courts as well as two practice walls for juniors
  • 5 squash courts with viewing facilities (including three with a glass wall)
  • Premier Fit Gym (a brand new fully equipped “state of the art” facility)
  • 2 Championship Snooker Tables in a purpose built Snooker Room
  • Members Bar & lounge area with balcony overlooking tennis courts
  • Function Rooms
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  • Padel Update 

    Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM)

    12th January 2024

    Dear Members,

    In compliance with Clause 7.5 of our Club Constitution the Management Committee are calling an Extraordinary General Meeting. The following resolution is being proposed by the Management Committee for members to make a decision on:

    Resolution for decision:

    1. "The Management Committee is hereby authorised by the Members to install two Padel Courts including lighting, enclosures and surfaces in accordance with the plans and costs as outlined at this EGM’.

    Voting options:

    I agree or

    I disagree

    Date / Time of EGM: Monday, January 29th at 8pm

    Venue: Clubhouse Lounge

    Information Night: January 22nd at 8pm

    Venue: Clubhouse Lounge

    As per the constitution all votes must be in person by eligible voting members.

    Background:

    At the Clubs last AGM in March 2023 members sent a clear message that Padel Courts would be a great addition to the club. Since then, the Development Committee has been working hard to progress this matter. Plans were developed and circulated to all members as well as being displayed in the club for all to see. We applied for planning permission which was granted by Fingal County Council before Christmas. A tender process was undertaken to choose a supplier and to confirm final pricing. The Management Committee is calling an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on January 29th to seek approval to proceed with the development which involves building 2 Padel Courts. We also intend to have an information night on Monday, January 22nd in advance of the EGM to answer any queries that members have.

    To aid Members decisions we attached a Q&A on everything we could think might be helpful for members to know about Padel and the proposed development.

    This is an important strategic decision for the club so it would be great if as many eligible voting members could attend.

    Yours sincerely,

    Maddie Grant

    Honorary Secretary

  • Padel Q&A

    Padel Courts Proposed Development

    Questions & Answers

    In advance of the planned EGM on the proposed Padel development the Management Committee thought it might be helpful to compile a Q & A to answer some questions and hopefully help members make a decision

    1. What is ‘Padel’?

    Padel is the world’s fastest growing racket sport. With an estimated 25 million players worldwide Padel is a doubles racket sport that combines elements of Real Tennis, Lawn Tennis and squash. It’s played on a shrunken down court with glass walls and a lower net. In recent years it has exploded in popularity. Already there are about 50 Padel courts in Ireland where they have proved a huge success in clubs such as Fitzwilliam, Naas, Portmarnock, Malahide Tennis Club and Bushy Park. Many clubs in the country are interested in securing at least 1 Padel Court. A big attraction of Padel is the ease of use for players at all levels and ages.

    1. Why is the Club considering acquiring 2 Padel Courts?

    At the Clubs last AGM in March 2023 members sent a clear message that Padel Courts would be a great addition to the club. Since then, the Development Committee has been working hard to progress this matter. Plans were developed and circulated to all members as well as being displayed in the club for all to see. We applied for planning permission which was granted by Fingal County Council before Christmas. A tender process was undertaken to choose a supplier and to confirm final pricing. The Management Committee are calling an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on January 29th to seek approval to proceed with the development which involves building 2 Padel Courts. We intend to have an information night on Monday, January 22nd in advance of the EGM to answer any queries that members have.

    1. Where will these 2 courts be constructed in the Club?

    All members were sent the plans that were subsequently approved by Fingal County Council. The plans are also on display in the clubhouse. The 2 courts will be built in the open space beyond the gym. To make space the old Pavilion will have to be knocked down.

    1. How much will it cost and will I have to pay a levy for these courts?

    The total cost of this development which includes the construction of the 2 courts plus all associated works such as groundworks, demolition of Pavilion etc. is €230,000 (inclusive of VAT). We are proposing to pay for this through current club funds without any loans or member Levy.

    1. How long will this project take?

    If the members give the go head on the night of the EGM we are talking about a 16-18-week period of time from then. Work could start within a week of member approval. Courts could be in place by the end of May.

    1. What will be the implications to members and facilities if the building of these courts is approved?

    Court 3 will be out of bounds during this project as it will used as an access point to the site. It will be covered, secured and returned to its current condition post construction. Up to 4 car parking spaces adjacent to court 3 could also be used during the proposed construction. Access to courts 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 will be through a pedestrian access behind court 3 for at least 12 of the 16-18 weeks. A health and safety plan will accompany this build with all necessary precautions taken to protect members. However, member diligence is strongly advised for the duration of the project and in particular with young children.

    1. What members can play Padel and what will it cost members to play Padel in the Club?

    Padel will be available to play for all members who are currently able to play tennis and squash.

    We are proposing charging €3 per person (pp) for 60 minutes daytime and €4 per person with lights. Or €2 per person for 60 minutes daytime and €3 per person with lights. Decision to be made at next week’s Management meeting. Cost of play is the same for all category of eligible members.

    1. What is the Return on Investment (ROI) for the club on this investment?

    Based on our proposed pricing model for court usage and the anticipated increase in membership numbers the return on investment is 33 (or 41) months depending on pricing options above.

    1. Does the Club need to have an EGM on this matter?

    In theory the current constitution doesn’t require the Management Committee to hold an EGM on this matter. However, we feel that this proposal involves a new racket sport for the club and the cost is significant so members should make the final call on this matter.

    1. What percentage of votes is required for this proposal to be approved at an EGM?

    A simple majority of 51% is required on the night of the EGM. We would encourage as many eligible voting members as possible to attend as this is an important strategic decision for the club. All votes must be in person as per the constitution. Votes will be counted by a simple show of hands. If the proposal does not pass then it will not proceed.

    1. How can members be sure that the club has secured a competitive price for this proposed project?

    The Club invited 10 suppliers to tender for this project. This was then narrowed down to 3 suppliers who presented to 3 members of the Management Committee. From there one company was chosen. A very significant amount of due diligence has been carried out on the chosen supplier.

    1. The club secured planning permission for 3 Padel Courts. Why is the Club proposing to build just 2 Courts?

    It is correct that we have secured permission to build 3 courts, however the cost is significant to build 2 Courts. We currently do not have the funds right now to build a 3rd Court. Also, Padel is a new sport and is untested in the club. We will assess the demand as time goes on and then make a recommendation on Court 3 if and when required subject to funds.

    1. The Club has planning permission for 3 permanent indoor tennis courts. Why aren’t we putting these funds towards this development instead?

    This is a fair question. Much consideration has been given to this topic. The cost of this indoor development will be circa €1.3 million. The club does not have the funds to make this development happen right now, even if we put the €230k for the Padel project towards the indoor tennis development. However, the club has applied for a Sports grant of €500k to become a Tennis Ireland Regional Centre to solely support this indoor tennis development. We will find out if we are successful with this in June or July this year. If we secure this grant we would be able to proceed with this development over the following 12 months or so with the support of bank loans.