About St Albans Tennis Club

The Club

We are a friendly club. We welcome new players of all standards – old and young, top-notch and beginners, male and female, locals and players from far-off lands!

For beginners we have 3 full-time coaches who run numerous regular coaching sessions, both for juniors and adults. For the really good players we run many teams in local Hertfordshire leagues, (and the coaches can help them improve, too).

For juniors we have an extensive junior programme with teams in local leagues and a dedicated junior club night on Fridays, when the juniors have priority on all courts.

For all adult players whatever standard, as well as the better juniors, we have year-round social tennis when you just turn up and join in. This is probably the best way for newcomers to get acquainted with other members.

We also have an extensive winter league competition, currently with 8 divisions in the mixed doubles and 14 division in the singles (open to both men and ladies). There are 4 or 5 rounds of the winter leagues, so if you did not join at the beginning, there is always a chance to join a later round.

Throughout the year we run several tournaments – the annual club tournament, with separate categories for juniors and adults, a handicap tournament which puts the weaker players on a par with the better ones, and a variety of one-afternoon American-style tournaments.

The Courts

We have 13 courts in total, 11 of which are floodlit. There are 9 carpeted courts, all floodlit, and 4 hard courts. The juniors with their younger knees tend to use the hard courts, while the older players prefer the softer carpeted courts. However, this is not a rule, and in general, anyone may use any court. On one of the hard courts (no. 3) the club coach has priority reserved for coaching.

Use of the floodlights is free to members. The switches are located inside the front door. You should only switch on the lights for the court on which you are playing, and unless someone else will use the same court after you, you must remember to switch off the lights when you come off court.

All the courts are gated, so when you enter and leave the courts, please close the gates to prevent stray animals from entering.

The Clubhouse

Access to the clubhouse is free for all members. It is key-locked overnight by the last person to leave, and normally opened in the morning by a key-holder – one of the coaches, committee member, or any club member who may hire a key on payment of a returnable deposit. Once the front door has been unlocked by key, it may be opened by entering a the necessary code on the adjacent keypad.

Most of the clubhouse was recently refurbished; the ladies toilets and changing room will be refurbish this spring.

Committee Members 2017-18
Brendon Fagan Chairman
David Blacket Treasurer
Mike Davey Court & Grounds Manager
Samantha Hails Membership Secretary
Elaine Bolt Diary Secretary
Claire Thandi Junior Parent Representative
Martin Taylor Head Coach
Tim Yates Men's Captain
Alex Hedley Ladies' Captain
Ian Pidgeon Web manager

Contact details can be found in the
Membership Area

Further Information

For further information, please visit the other pages on this website, using the menus above or below.

 

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[Photo: Jane Riding]

The Club's History

St Albans Tennis Club is the oldest tennis club in St Albans. The club was incorporated in November 1904 as St Albans Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club and play started in June 1905. After 64 years at Hillside Road, the club was forced to move when the council compulsorily purchased the site, in order to build Maple Primary School. For a couple of years the Club used hired courts in Clarence Park, until it was able to move into its current "rather rural" premises in Jersey Lane in 1971.  It was only in 1999 that the "& Croquet" was dropped from the Club's name, even though the game had died out in the 1920s. 

The Club has served an enthusiastic tennis playing community for over 100 years, and has often enjoyed great success in both the men's and women's local Hertfordshire leagues and competitions. We also had a Wimbledon Ladies Singles Finalist and Doubles Champion, Kay Stammers, who won our ladies singles tournament some years earlier.

St Albans LTC
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Simon Bird (a previous club chairman) has documented in much detail the club's history. He has more on the History of Kay Stammers on his own website, and wrote a potted history of the club entitled The First 100 Years.

The club organises many social events all year round ranging from a quiz night to summer barbeques and Christmas Parties. Details are advertised on the club notice boards.

We have an increasing membership and excellent facilities so why not join us?

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Miss Kay Stammers

"One of the few left-handers who look really graceful on a lawn tennis court"

St Albans

1929 - Mixed Doubles Winner with D H Scott

1931 - Ladies' Singles Winner

Wimbledon

1935 - Ladies' Doubles Winner with Miss Freda James

1936 - Ladies' Doubles Winner with Miss Freda James

1939 - Ladies' Singles Finalist (lost to Miss Alice Marple)

Ladies' Singles Quarter-finalist:
1935, 1936, 1938, 1946, 1947

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