The Local Tennis Leagues have been launched and organised by Sally Kinnes and Nigel Billen. Both Nigel and Sally are journalists by trade, but are keen social tennis players. Nigel was editor of ACE Tennis Magazine for nearly five years.
The Highbury Fields Tennis League is now in its eighth year and is a regular feature of Highbury Fields' life.
"The idea for a local park tennis league began as a way of improving our own game," says Sally. "We set up the first, fledgling league on Highbury Fields in May 2005. It took off. Since then, many hundreds of people have taken part, made friends and improved their game."
The league concept has been recognised by the Tennis Foundation, a charity set up by the LTA to promote grass-roots tennis, and Local Tennis Leagues is registered as a Place to Play with the LTA.
Sally Kinnes & Nigel Billen
2 Highbury Place, London N5 1QZ
Tel: 0750 328 1732
We have found that although there are plenty of leagues and ladders in clubs if you seek them out, there is not always a regular league for players who play on one set or a few neighboruing sets of local public courts. Having one, we have discovered, helps build a sense of community, puts local players in touch with each other, and gives people a way of seeing themselves improve.
Our aim is to launch more leagues wherever there is a need, concentrating on public courts where finding opponents can be difficult.
Do you know a set of courts in search of a league?
We are on the look out for new locations to establish leagues. If you know of somewhere that would benefit for a well-organised, sociable adult tennis league, let us know here
See the list on the right for a complete list of the leagues
Our organisational status
Local Tennis Leagues is operated as a partnership between Sally Kinnes and Nigel Billen and run as a not-for-profit, social enterprise. All the money raised to date is, and in the foreseeable future will be, invested in creating, sustaining and administrating local tennis leagues.