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The Northumberland Club have a hard working and focused team of coaches and staff who are here to ensure you receive a first-class experience, every time you visit the Club.

Help and advice: You can telephone our friendly reception team on 0191 281 5858 or email between 7am and 9pm. Alternatively, have a look at our Facilities page and sports sub pages to learn about everything we offer. The Northumberland Club / Facilities @ The Northumberland Club

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Speak to a sports coach: If you want to contact our coaches directly to arrange lessons and get advice about a particular sport. The Northumberland Club / Contact Details

Opening times: Open from 7am everyday. (6.15am for members fitness bootcamp sessions). Court and gym facilities close at 10pm. The lounge and bar close at 11pm Monday to Friday and 10.30pm Saturday and Sunday.

Club Calendar: The Northumberland Club / Club Calendar for all of our events and activities The Northumberland Club / The Northumberland Club / Events

News: To see the latest newsletter and club committee meeting minutes The Northumberland Club / News 

Important Information: Parents can consult our parent guide to understand what to do when you book your child on to a session.The Northumberland Club / Parent guide


The Northumberland Club

We are the premier racket sports venue in the North East of England with an indoor sports hall, gym, bar, cafe, fitness club and tribal cycle, ODFC and Hot Pod Yoga on our site. You can view our timetables to see what activities you can take part in whether that be Squash, Tennis, Badminton, Pickleball, Table Tennis or Fitness. There are courses to suit beginners through to advanced levels as well as social play activities. 

Open from 7am everyday. (6.30am for members fitness bootcamp sessions). Court and gym facilities close at 10pm. The lounge and bar close at 11pm Monday to Friday and 10.30pm Saturday and Sunday.

Unrivalled in the Region, The Northumberland Club has outstanding tennis facilities which are set within beautiful tree lined grounds overlooked by St George’s Parish Church, one of the most outstanding ecclesiastical buildings in the North of England.

Our History

In 1924 The Northumberland Lawn Tennis Ground Company Limited was formed for the express purposes of purchasing, firstly, a permanent home for the Northumberland Open Tennis Tournament, and secondly, to provide a new permanent venue for Brandling Lawn Tennis Club, then the leading tennis club in the North East. 

As regards the Open Tournament itself, the event had grown in stature as part of the Newcastle summer season since the first event held in the 1880's, but the Tournament had no fixed venue, relying on the support of various club venues and cricket grounds for the staging of events. As tennis returned to popularity after the end of the Great War, the Association felt that a permanent venue was required to secure the future of the event for years to come.

At the same time, Brandling Tennis Club, which had a history as a thriving tennis club as long as the Open Tournament itself, was nearing the end of its lease on premises in Eslington Terrace and was obliged to seek a new venue in order to continue as a tennis club. In a far sighted move, the Association and the directors of Brandling Lawn Tennis Club came together to establish the Northumberland Lawn Tennis Ground Limited, a joint venture with the objective of purchasing a site as a permanent home for Northumberland tennis. That site had already been identified as St George’s field, then known to the local community as a cricket pitch, and now known as the Northumberland County Tennis Ground.

The Association and Brandling combined to arrange the issue of debentures of £25 each to subscribers in order to raise £25,000. This was the sum required to purchase the cricket field from the Trustees of the estate of Charles Mitchell, the builder and owner of Jesmond Towers, and owner of the land comprising St George’s field. The purchase was duly completed by the Ground Company, the courts were laid out and the facility was opened by the then Duke of York in 1926.
The Brandling Tennis Club, now established at its new home on the County Tennis Ground, continued to operate as a members’ club, leasing courts on the County Ground from the Ground Company for the next 50 years, as did a number of other independent clubs – some more successfully than others.

However, by the early 1970s Brandling and the three remaining clubs on the Ground (Osborne, Portland and the Junior Club) became increasingly financially unviable. A new initiative was felt necessary and the Association, together with leading figures in the Brandling and Osborne clubs came together to establish a new club. In 1974 the Northumberland Lawn Tennis and Squash Rackets Club (NLT&SRC) was opened and during the subsequent years, squash and badminton courts were added to the list of amenities on site.

Since then the Club has established itself as one of the finest and most charismatic tennis grounds in the country thanks to the efforts by many involved in the management of the Club and the Association.

It is a tribute to the vision and initiative of a small group of like minded people who nearly a century ago were interested in developing and growing tennis in the area that the County Ground continues to this day, to meet the aspirations of its founding fathers.

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As the summer holidays fast approach, it is timely to remind everyone that our timetables change a little from 8th July through August. Please check...

Thank you to everyone who came along to our beginner’s social tennis event on Friday. It was a lovely atmosphere. Well done to everyone for taking pa...

We’ve had a competitive week of tennis here at The Northumberland Club as the South Northumberland Weekend Tournament 2024 | LTA - Tennis for Britain...

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