Stowmarket Lawn Tennis Club Welcome to

WELCOME TO NEW HEAD COACH

WELCOME TO BEN SMITH

The Committee is pleased to announce that we have appointed Ben Smith as the Club’s new Head Coach. He will start 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”.

Ben will be at the Club this weekend to meet members informally. A proper ‘meet the coach’ opportunity will be held over the weekend of 11th and 12th July.  Under Club News you will find a photograph of Ben so you can put a face to the name.

 

 

Introduction

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. 

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.  From 1st July 2020, we are joined by Ben Smith, who will be taking over from Chris shortly.

If you aren't sure if tennis is for you, come to one of our 'pay and play' sessions for children or adults. We also offer conditioning training (cardio/disco tennis) - or will do again when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

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 playing under the LTA restrictions due to Covid-19, so currently there is no competitive sport.

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

FIND US

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.

 

COVID-19

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), or Chantelle Lillie (Communications Officer) via admin@stowmarkettennis.co.uk 

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Iliffe Way
STOWMARKET
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