Club marks 50 years of tennis

Members of Royal Wootton Bassett Tennis Club held a three-sport celebratory event on 8th June to mark the 50th anniversary of the Club.  The notable milestone was marked with a fun competition of pickleball, tennis and pétanque, the latter being assisted by members of the RWB Petanque Club. 

Founded in the town in 1974, the tennis club has had several homes but is now firmly part of the town’s Sports Association located at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground.   When a group of local players first got together they played on a single court at the Manor House, and soon moved to two courts at Rylands Way.  In the 1990s, another two courts were added, but this was not sufficient to meet growing demand and in 2015 we moved to the new site on Brinkworth Road where we have eight courts.

With tennis being a game that can be played into later life, it is not surprising that there are a number of members who have a history with the club spanning decades, and our longest serving member, Roger, has 46 seasons under his belt!  Membership is made up of players old and young, enjoying social tennis or competitive league tennis.  Junior tennis is a speciality, with the Club receiving LTA Youth accreditation earlier this year, and there is a full programme of junior tennis run by our highly experienced coaching team.

‘Reaching the 50-year milestone is a major achievement for any club’ says club President Keith Sealy ‘and the club continues to evolve to meet changing demands – and will do so long into the future.’