Welcome to Stowmarket Lawn Tennis Club



The Committee is pleased to announce that Ben Smith, the Club’s new Head Coach, started on 1st July 2020, in good time for a full handover from Chris Cunningham who leaves on 18th July 2020. There will, however, be opportunities to thank Chris in due course, as Covid-19 permits.

Ben is well known in the tennis world of Suffolk and far beyond. With a degree in Sport and Business Management from the University of New Orleans, he has been working at David Lloyd in Ipswich since 2013, having been Head Coach at Copleston High School for 3 years before that.

Ben has coached national and international juniors including 2nd in GB Boys and 5th in GB Girls. He coached Suffolk U12 and U14 Boys County coach from 2014-2017. He was practice partner to Elena Baltacha, and reached a high of 1255 in ATP Doubles. Ben helped Suffolk to win the Summer County Cup National Championships in 2018, and has captained two Men’s Club teams from county to premier division. Ben was an official Stringer at London 2012 including medal winners Robson, Del Potro and the Bryan brothers.

Ben beat several other good applicants to the role of Head Coach at Stowmarket, after a gruelling selection process that had generated 13 applicants from all over the world. A plum job if ever there was one. On being appointed he said “I’m delighted to be a part of such a fantastic tennis club and help to grow the future of tennis in Stowmarket and Suffolk. I can’t wait to meet the members and look forward to working with you all at SLTC”.

A proper ‘meet the coach’ opportunity takes place on 11th July, and there are further sessions to be booked if you go to the Coaching page for the weekend of 18th and 19th July.  Under Club News you will find a photograph of Ben so you can put a face to the name.




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 86 years are in membership. Some members have been in continuous membership for over half a century, and we celebrate our 120th birthday in 2021. 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 hard courts, an air dome for Winter indoor play, and a well-equipped club house where you can stop for a chat and refreshments: Check this out! Obviously, Covid-19 precautions prevent socialising currently.

Day and evening club sessions mean you can just turn up and play without a partner but 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, Chris Cunningham, is Level 4 and fully LTA accredited, providing group and 1:1 coaching for all ages and abilities. New members have an introductory offer of coaching in their package.  Our Head Coach is Ben Smith who has an amazing track record as a player and in coaching perfromance players and all abilities.

If you aren't sure if tennis is for you, get in touch to find out about 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 focusses on fitness and conditioning and tennis skills are not required. 

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. We are currently running a club tournament in which 60 different players are involved.

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


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 greeet you, and show you round. See our Contact Us page for details.



The Club reopened its facilities to members on Saturday 16th May 2020 at 10am. In accordance with the Lawn Tennis Association's requirements, the Club is proceeding with the utmost caution, putting members' safety and the wellbeing of the local community and NHS first.  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]



Dome up Day is 12 October 2020. We will still be Covid safe with a QR code for Track and Trace, a one-way system in and out, hand sanitiser and cleaning regime.

Interested in joining or having a try?

Please visit our membership page to find out what we can offer

How to find us

Stowmarket Lawn Tennis Club
Iliffe Way
IP14 1SL

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