Local Tennis Leagues Ltd was founded and is run by Sally Kinnes and Nigel Billen. Both Nigel and Sally have a background in journalism and Nigel was editor of ACE Tennis Magazine for nearly five years.
"The idea for a tennis league in a local park 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."
Now in its eleventh year and a regular feature of Highbury Fields' life, the Highbury Fields League led to dozens of others all over the UK. As of Jan 2016, there are approximately 160 leagues, with new ones being added all the time.
The league concept is approved by and affiliated to the LTA, the governing body, and recognised by the Tennis Foundation, a charity set up by the LTA to promote grass-roots tennis. Local Tennis Leagues is registered as a Place to Play with the LTA and entered into a four year partnership agreement with the LTA in 2015.
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 neighbouring 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.
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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 from a well-organised, sociable adult tennis league, let us know here. You can see all our existing leagues here.
Local Tennis Leagues Limited
Registered in England
Company No. 9008328
Registered office: 2 Highbury Place, London N5 1QZ
VAT Registration Number 188077271
Tel: 0750 328 1732