Newcastle University Tennis

The Tennis club have two men’s and women's teams competing in the BUCS leagues and students also have the opportunity to play in the local leagues for the Northumberland Club where they are based. In the BUCS leagues the Ladies 1st team sit in Tier 1 while the Men’s 1st team are now in the Northern Premiership after an astonishing run of three promotions in four years.


The club engage in intensive weekly training sessions conducted by the University’s LTA Level 5 Master Performance Coach John Henderson, also the Head of Tennis at the Northumberland Club.


As part of the tennis team, students are able to make use of the Northumberland Club's unrivalled facilities throughout their stay at Newcastle University.


Performance Sport are committed to improving the overall level of training and development over the coming years as part of a new initiative to make Newcastle University one of the country’s top centres of excellence for racket sports. 

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The university has various indoor and outdoor facilities across Newcastle for our students and staff. The University Sports Centre is located on the main campus in the heart of Newcastle and is where our players access strength and conditioning, sports massage and fitness classes.


A £30 million redevelopment is currently underway and due to be completed in September 2020. A new addition to the sport centre has already been finished featuring an eight court sports hall, gym, four squash courts, Sport and Exercise Science labs and spin studio

John Henderson

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Blake McManus


The Northumberland Club located in Jesmond is arguably the best tennis facility in the North East, with five American clay courts, nine all weather synthetic grass courts, three indoor acrylic courts and four indoor mini courts. These are all set within beautiful tree-lined grounds, overlooked by St. George's Parish Church. A full-time cafe/bar area, gym, extensive range of fitness classes and an ideal location make it the perfect base for our students.


As Head Coach of the tennis teams John Henderson delivers both the men's and ladies practice sessions throughout the season. With over 25 years of experience in tennis he is an LTA Level 5 Master Performance Coach and also Head of Tennis at the Northumberland Club, working with a range of ages and standards. John has a great rapport with all of our players who find his engaging and supportive coaching style a perfect fit along with his knowledge of performance tennis.

Blake McManus is a UKSCA accredited Strength and Conditioning coach who works with Newcastle University and the Northumberland Lawn Tennis Association. Blake leads S and C delivery for our tennis teams and has previous experience working with professional football and rugby league teams.

The club train on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings (team dependant) and play BUCS fixtures on a Wednesday afternoon. Strength and conditioning is accessed during the week around academic commitments.

Up to date fixtures, results and tables for the club's BUCS teams can be found at