Hitchin Tennis Club


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Hitchin Tennis Club

 

Hitchin Tennis Club

Welcome to Hitchin Tennis Club

Playing Facilities:

Three all-weather, floodlit courts are available for play. The charge for floodlighting is £3 per court (for 30 minutes) payable by tokens...email enquiries@hitchintennisclub.co.uk for details on how to get hold of tokens...

There is currently no fee payable for recognised sessions of play when floodlights are used. However, it is recommended that members consider holding a few tokens for use in the  absence of a light keyholder at a social night, these can be subsequently refunded...see Julie M :)

Visitors with Members:
Senior members may sign-in visitors in the visitors book in the clubhouse upon payment of a fee of £3 per visit. The fee should be placed in the brown envelopes provided with details written on it, and placed in the honesty box by the sink - please remember if they're not signed in - they're not insured to play!
Spectators are also of course welcome :-)

It is regretted that neither junior nor student members are allowed to bring visitors.

Prospective new junior or student members will not be permitted to play at the club until their application has been accepted and the appropriate fee has been paid.

Club Tournaments:

The club organises Closed Knockout Tournaments which take place between June and September (senior and junior events).

Inter Club Matches:

Three men's and two ladies teams are entered in the appropriate divisions of the Hertfordshire LTA League or Ladies Hot rackets (May - September).

Over the Autum/Winter period there are ladies' teams in the Herts Over 40s League.

Mixed teams are entered in the Datchworth Monday Evening League (taking place in Spring & Summer) and the Datchworth Autumn League (usually Saturday).

Matches for juniors and friendly matches are also arranged during the summer subject to interest.

Social Tournaments:

Social mixed "American" Tournaments or social events are planned a couple of times a year, as well as our annual Christmas dinner.

Wimbledon Tickets:

The club is allocated a number of Wimbledon tickets each year. A ballot for these tickets takes place in May and all paid up members (senior and junior) are eligible for the ballot if registered as a BTM affiliated to HER021=Hltc.

Dress:

This should be  appropriate, safe and comfortable sports clothing with appropriate tennis shoes. Please check your treads as worn out shoes increase the risk of trips/falls.
 
A little bit of History:
 
The following information was extracted from the reminiscences of Gerald Fitzpatrick as kindly shared with the club in 2012. 
 
Gerald's full article is available below via this link
 
Many thanks to Gerald Fitzpatrick for taking the time to record his various memories of the club.
 
The club was first formed as the London Road Tennis club in 1920, playing on grass courts in the Lister Rd/London Rd area. At some point in the 20's various players in the town came together and became known as Hitchin Lawn Tennis Club.

From the late sixties the club might easily have been re-named Hitchin Wanderers, as the land owner at Lister Rd site, decided 3 houses were better than 3 courts and the club over the next few years played at the Letchworth Hall Hotel, near Willian, and in 1975 at Hitchin Girls' School, as well as at RAF Henlow!

During 1984 plans were drawn up to move to the club's current home here in the old orchard in Bancroft Gardens and sourcing of the fondly remembered wooden cabin - always smelling like a pine wood sauna!

In Summer 2009 the old wooden clubhouse was subject to an arson attack - luckily late at night so no-one injured. The several months following were an emotional roller coaster for those involved in the management of the club but with the invaluable support of local councillors and businesses, the facility was eventually replaced with the existing concrete clubhouse.

The committee would especially like to thank Altro for supplying the new clubhouse flooring

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http://www.altro.co.uk

2012 saw the courts resurfaced and members looking forward to the next 90 years with a little luck!