Chairman’s Message

Dear fellow Members,
It is a real pleasure for me to write this on a sunny day knowing that many of us are enjoying the club’s outdoor facilities and have just started to use the Gym, Indoor Pool and Indoor Tennis Centre where restrictions permit. I know there are still some other parts of the Club yet to open but we have a timetable to work to – so roll on 21st June!

The Board and I are delighted with the warm reception and support shown by Members for our decision to award a club credit as a thank you to Members for their patience while the Club has been closed. I believe some have already spent their credit in full on tuition, others are booking evening meals with friends on the new heated bar terrace and some just prefer a daily cappuccino.

Either way we are pleased at the very good spirits Members are in as they are getting back in the swing of things at our prestigious Club.

I say prestigious because it was in April 1902 that the first polo and croquet balls were hit on our lawns after the Club was founded 120 years go in November 1901. Click here to see the 1901 minutes

Roehampton Club has evolved over that time to become the King of Sports Clubs offering such a wide range of sports and activities. With the introduction of padel tennis in May we are further adding to our enviable reputation and we hope that the Miller family would be as proud of the Club now as when they formed it 120 years ago.

HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh


One of the regular attendees to grace our polo fields over the years was HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh.

Our archivist, Steve Riedlinger, has researched Prince Philip’s association with the Club. Please read Steve’s fascinating article and set of photos here.


The Club’s flags have been flying at half mast as Members will have noted. On Saturday, at 3pm all members at the Club will be asked to pause and observe a minute’s silence along with the rest of the nation, to mark our respects to Prince Philip and our sympathy to Her Majesty the Queen and her family in their bereavement.

Padel Tennis

Work is proceeding apace on the new courts. It is expected that they will be ready for use from Monday 3rd May. It is proposed that padel tennis, as its name implies, will from 2022 be comprised within the Tennis Section and included in the subscription paid by tennis and full Members. For the rest of this year, however, the use of the padel courts will be open to all Members, so that everyone may have a chance to try this new and exciting sport. Members can , if necessary , upgrade to Tennis Membership from January 2022.

Two new Forums

Before lockdown in March 2020, the Board had decided to set up two new forums. One would be for senior members (70+). The other for younger adult members (18-35). In the hope that things are now reverting to a more normal way of life, we would like to start picking up where we left off. So, if any Member in either age group might be interested in taking part, please let us know by emailing Please set out briefly why you are interested and what you think you can contribute. The purpose of each forum is similar to the Family Forum and Health Club Forum. They will be a means for management and the Board to consult on issues affecting these groups and to receive ideas to enhance Members’ experience and enjoyment of the Club. We are looking for about eight Members for each forum who will be joined at meetings by the Chief Executive and two Board Directors. We expect the first meetings of each to take place when face to face meetings indoors are permitted after 21st June.

Thank you for your continued support of our wonderful Club as it continues to thrive for the next 120 years.

Best wishes
Alan Jenkins