Welcome to Stowmarket Lawn Tennis Club



The Club closed on Monday 4th January as England enters the 3rd lockdown and all tennis is banned by law.

Join our Facebook group: and make sure you are linked to @bensmithtennis and @stowmarketlawntennisclub on Instagram Ben Smith will be uploading skills for the whole family to take part in. We could even see a return of weekly Cardio Tennis at Home!


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 macadam courts and an air dome for Winter indoor play:  Check this out! Please note we took the dome down on 2 January 2021 because whilst Suffolk is in Tier 4 no air dome use is permitted. We also have 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 (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 3 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 perfromance players and all abilities. New members have an introductory offer of coaching in their package.  Ben Smith  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. 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


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 is currently closed for England's third lockdown in accordance with the law . 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 a QR code for Track and Trace, 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]

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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