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Stowmarket Lawn Tennis Club
If you live or work in or around Stowmarket, this is the place to play tennis, and to learn to play or improve your game through coaching. We cater for all abilities, genders and ages. We provide for pre-school and school children; whole families; students, and adults from 18 to 87 years are in membership. As of 1 August 2022 the Club had 311 members, of whom 118 were Juniors. Some members have been in continuous membership for over half a century, and we celebrated our 120th birthday in 2021. One of our members is on The Tour and another is former coach to Emma Radacunu.
The Club is wholly owned by its’ members, and is run on a not-for-profit basis on a site it owns. We have 5 macadam courts and an air dome for Winter indoor play: Check this out! We also have a well-equipped and newly refurbished club house where you can stop for a chat and refreshments: Check this out! There are full bathroom facilities, including baby change and a toilet for people with disabilites.
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Day and evening club sessions mean you can just turn up and play without a partner (dependent on Covid rules) and electronic court booking means you can book to play with friends or family any time too. We have an effective way of integrating players, new and old, into WhatsApp groups of peers with whom to arrange social singles and doubles sessions.
Our site on Iliffe Way, Stowmarket, means plenty of parking that is free on Sundays, after 6pm and on Bank Holidays. Subsidised parking the rest of the time. All year round play, balls, floodlights, subsidised parking and use of the club house is included in your membership fee, itself highly competitive. Our Head Coach, Ben Smith, is Level 4 qualified and fully LTA accredited, providing group and 1:1 coaching for all ages and abilities. He has an amazing track record as a player and in coaching performance players and all abilities.
If you aren't sure if tennis is for you, get in touch to find out how you can try it out before committing. A full coaching programme for juniors and seniors, from beginners to high performance players is on offer all year round. Cardio tennis focuses on fitness and conditioning and tennis skills are not required. Covid precautions limit some coaching.
In addition to social tennis, we run Club tournaments and compete against other Clubs in the Ipswich and District League, with Ladies, Mens and Mixed Doubles teams. Internal tournaments are running all year round too for beginners right through to pros.
This Club was rated as excellent by the LTA in respect of Safeguarding and Welfare in Autumn 2019 and all those responsible for working with children have clean enhanced DBS checks. New members are offered a buddy to help them integrate into the Club and we have an energetic management committee of volunteers engaged in good governance and a number of development projects. Come and get involved, whether you just want to play tennis or are looking for a new friendship circle.
If you want to know what we stand for, read our Values here: Club Values
In June 2022 one of the adult members wrote: ‘I am enlightened by playing against Joe and Charlie. This is first time for me to understand why I love playing tennis, what tennis is about, how to play, and how to deal with winning and losing. All thanks to the match for me to play with Jag against these two admirable and marvellous young talents. It is all about inspiring. Although we lost completely, we felt inspired by the way that these two young boys played. Not only by their technics and skills, but also by their positive attitude, efforts, concentration, confidence and winning attitude. That makes me think if I can be inspired deeply like that, everyone can. That must be the true reason for playing tennis: inspiring and being inspired.
With this enlightening thought, the way to watch, play, deal with up and down will automatically come into places. Taking positive attitude to inspire and to be inspired. What wonderful tennis games and what wonderful people around them! Sally I felt that I must share my feelings and thoughts with you because I truly appreciated the broadness and depth of the club. Many many thanks to the club and the excellent and interesting members of the club ’. Jiahui Zhu
Turn left into Iliffe Way off the B1115 heading west through Stowmarket (away from town). As you go up Iliffe Way, on the right hand side you’ll see a car park. The entrance to the tennis club is at the top right hand side of that car park. There is no access for the general public but we will be happy to meet and greet you, and show you round. See our Contact Us page for details.
There is access for people using wheelchairs, mobility scototers, buggies and bicycles via the back gate in Lake Side but please get in touch in advance to ensure the gate is unlocked for you.
We meet all the Lawn Tennis Association's requirements, and the Club proceeds with the utmost caution, putting members' safety and the wellbeing of the local community and NHS first. We are Covid safe with hand sanitiser and a cleaning regime. Detailed guidelines for members can be found on the Covid page. If you need any further information, please contact Sally Gooch (Chair) via [email protected]
Please visit our membership page to find out what we can offer.