The current situation
The land surrounding the court is being sold by Newcastle City Council. To avoid the court being sold with the land the club has agreed to take on a 250 year lease on a full-repairing basis. As part of this agreement we have committed to substantial repairs to the building to ensure the future viability of the building and the club. These repairs must be carried out in the first five years of the agreement and, if carried out to the satisfaction of all parties, the council will offer the club the freehold of the court and the attached house.
The works required include:
- updating electrics
- repair the roof – there are a few leaks which are becoming problematic
- install adequate lighting
- update the dedans
- improve the changing room facilities
- create a pro’s room
We are raising funds from our own members and are also in talks with the T&RA. We are looking at other funding opportunities but these are problematic due to the time constraints.
As one of only 46 Real Tennis Courts in the world, we have two principal charitable objectives:
- To develop and promote the sport of Real Tennis to as many people as possible
- To maintain for future generations our historic court: it is an important part of the world-wide industrial importance and heritage of Newcastle upon Tyne in the latter part of the Victorian and into the Edwardian eras.
We open our doors to everyone who might simply want to watch the World’s oldest racket and ball sport still being played, or who might want an insight into the unique architecture and history of our listed building, and, of course, to those who simply want to “have a go” at playing.
We welcome visits from schools, colleges, community groups and societies as well as individuals who are intrigued.
How to donate
- Make a one-off contribution to the building renovation fund –
- Cheques payable to JDRTC and sent to Matthew Bank, Jesmond, Newcastle, NE2 3RE
- Online transfer. Account number: 31330527. Sort code: 40-34-18. Please use your name as the reference so we know you have donated
- Become a country member (for players who live 60+ miles from the court and 6 games/year) at a cost of £50 per year – click here to become a Country Member