Our aims, our facilities & our history

We aim: 

  • to be a friendly and sociable tennis club, welcoming to all
  • to offer coaching and playing opportunities for all standards and ages
  • to provide a healthy balance of social and competitive tennis opportunities
  • to offer a range of tennis & social events throughout the year
  • to offer family friendly facilities and events and encourage take up of tennis from a young age
  • to communicate regularly with all members to keep them up to date with news & make everyone feel a part of a dynamic club
  • to provide well maintained facilities and a supportive atmosphere
  • to remain a “hidden gem” in the Essex countryside!

Our facilities

Stebbing Tennis Club is an LTA British Tennis Registered Venue, has 3 courts, a clubhouse, an outdoor seating area with tables and benches, and plenty of lawn for ad hoc recreational activities. Two of our courts are floodlit which enables us to play throughout the whole year. 

The clubhouse is chalet style and comprises a large sitting area, small kitchen area, large fridge, inside and outside toilet. 

There is also a spacious, private car park behind the clubhouse.


Our history

The club's history starts before the First World War when there was a thriving tennis club in the village.

In 1935, Dr. H De Vere Stackpool donated the club enough land for 3 tennis courts. However, at the outbreak of WW2, the courts were dug up as part of the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign in order to provide food for Stebbing village.

After the war, the land was absorbed by the Co-op Farm and the village lost its sports facility.

In 1980, David Howland, Honorary Patron and trustee, with the support of Sir Alan Haselhurst MP, started trying to persuade the Co-op to transfer the piece of land so it could be used as a tennis club once again. This was achieved in 1990 and the courts were officially re-opened by Sir Alan on September 27th 1997:

In April 2005, Sir Alan returned to open the new clubhouse, and in October 2007 the flood lights were installed.

In May 2015, a 3rd court was added to the sports facility.

In December 2018, Stebbing Tennis Club became an LTA British Tennis Registered Venue.