Friendly, competitive tennis on Norwich Parks's public courts

You are just a step away from joining our mixed-sex, singles and doubles leagues for men and women (aged 18+) of all standards.

If you have been meaning to get back into tennis or would like to meet new people to play, why not give it a go!

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This is how it works:

  • We have doubles and singles rounds!
  • Players/teams are organised into groups of between 5 to 9 people of a similar standard
  • The league is mixed sex, so men and women play each other 
  • Groups are put together by standard and there can be any combination of men and women in a group (we do not guarantee a balance of men and women and you could be the only man in a group of women or vice versa!)
  • In doubles teams may be any combination of gender
  • Contact details are emailed and posted to each player's account page
  • Players arrange their own matches
  • You can play on any court that suits both players

The league is:

  • For everyone over the age of 18
  • We welcome beginners as well as advanced players.
  • Don't worry that you won't be good enough - playing matches is the best way to improve, and we use an online questionnaire to assess people's ability so you play only people of a roughly similar level
  • Affiliated to the LTA For adults aged 18 years and above 

Key points

  • Matches are best of three sets; if a set reaches 6 games all it is decided by a tiebreak
  • The evening before the round starts you will receive an email with all the contact details of the players in your group. Contact details are also posted to your Account Page
  • Players are placed in groups according to past performance in the league and, for new players, their Player Standard Questionnaire
  • Each player attempts to play each of the other player on their group once during the round
  • A point is awarded for each set won
  • If you complete three matches before the midpoint of a round you receive 2 bonus points and a bonus prize (either a pair of Local Tennis Leagues dampeners, or a tube of tennis balls)
  • The winner of the group is the player with the most points at the end of the round
  • The winner of the group wins a voucher for £20 to be spent in the Local Tennis League online shop. A winner's certificate is also available on the winner's Account Page as a PDF file.
  • Where possible, winners of groups are promoted to the group above for the next round.

See here for the complete rules and regulations

Getting started

New players will need to complete the player questionnaire before they can join a round. Once you’ve signed up, and for returning players you can join any of the upcoming rounds above.

For everything you need to know before you get started see the FAQs and review the Rules and Regulations, which all players agree to adhere to when playing in the leagues.

If there is anything else you need help with get in contact with Nigel, Sally and the team who will be happy to help!


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Primary Venues

Eaton Park

Eaton Park, South Park Avenue, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7EH
Tel: 07900 933926
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Waterloo Park

Angel Road, Norwich, NR3 3HU
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Sportspark

University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7TJ
Tel: 01603 592398
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Other Venues

Sprowston Recreation Ground

Recreation Ground Road, Norwich, NR7 8EW
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Thorpe Recreation Ground

Laundry Lane, Norwich, NR7 0XQ
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Harford Park

Ipswich Road, Norwich, NR4 6LQ
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Alderman Walker Park

Alderman Walker Park, Rider Haggard Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR7 9UQ
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Bowthorpe Park

Bowthorpe Park, Clover Hill Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR5 0
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Heigham Park

The Avenues, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 3PA
Tel: 01603 581 425
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"Loved playing again after a break of 20 odd years. This is a great idea and a I can't wait for the league to start again. Really well organised and a joy to be part of. I've been spreading the word so hopefully you'll get a few more people signed up,"

Richard Powell

"Thanks for the updates, commentaries and scores....a great incentive to get on and play. I was going to wait unitl July to enter but took the plunge after four and a half months off with a back injury so the fitness has gone out the window but I figured, what the heck... make hay while the sun shines besides which I am getting to meet players who enjoy singles!"  

Vikki Chubb

"[In my last match] it was nice to see we had both improved from our first match - the benefit of having different people to play and regularly tennis. So thanks for running the league, and for everyone for playing the games,"

Stuart Laws

"Great fun, looking forward to the challenge of the next level up in a few weeks!"

Richard Fowler

"Thanks for your organisation. I’ve really enjoyed the 2 leagues this year," 

Norwich - Stephen Alger

"Really enjoyed it and very surprised to have won. I didn't know what to expect regarding the standard but most of the matches were close. Thank you for organising,"

Mark Taylor

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Collapse AllNorwich Parks Singles - Round 27 | Thursday 22 November 2018 to Wednesday 30 January 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 26 December 2018)

Current Rankings:

  1. Tomi Farkas 7.1 [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Sam Tyson 8.1 [W1, L1] 3
  3. David Van Den Bergh [L1]
  4. Kaso Ari [L1]
  5. Sam Regan [L1]
  6. Kevin Hart [L1]

Match Results:

Reveal CommentTomi Farkas bt Sam Regan (Dec 6) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A very intense match, all out attack, great shot making and court coverage by both of us. Small margins decided the outcome. Well played Sam, good luck with the rest of the round!"  -- Tomi
Reveal CommentSam Tyson bt Kevin Hart (Dec 5) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)

Player Comments:

  • "A thoroughly enjoyable match played in very tough conditions. The standard improved in the second set, finishing with a nail-biting tiebreak."  -- Sam
Reveal CommentTomi Farkas bt David Van Den Bergh (Dec 4) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Some deuce games as well as good rallies in the match. Good luck with the rest of the round David!"  -- Tomi
Reveal CommentTomi Farkas bt Kaso Ari (Dec 4) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Keep going Kaso, look forward to playing you again soon."  -- Tomi
Reveal CommentTomi Farkas bt Sam Tyson (Nov 28) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • " A great, very competitive match with lots of momentum shifts. "  -- Tomi

Current Rankings:

  1. Andrew Ireland [W1] 2
  2. Paul Martin 9.1 [W1] 2
  3. Jesse Farrell 10.2 [W1, L1] 2
  4. Alan Barnes [L1]
  5. Kieren Buxton 8.1 [L1]
  6. Andrew Hyde
  7. Ed Mcmanus
  8. Steve Shaw

Match Results:

Reveal CommentAndrew Ireland bt Kieren Buxton (Dec 10) 7-6 (7-1), 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A good laugh, and some great shots played. Lucky with the weather too! Both a little rusty to begin with and you could see that in spells during the game, but a close, enjoyable game nevertheless. Added to the match! Look forward to playing again at some point. Cheers for the game Andy."  -- Kieren
Reveal CommentJesse Farrell bt Alan Barnes (Dec 4) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Cheers Alan, good game considering the tough conditions."  -- Jesse
Paul Martin bt Jesse Farrell (Nov 27) 6-4, 7-6

Current Rankings:

  1. Steve Wright [W4] 10 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Robert French [W2] 4
  3. Simon Wooldridge [L1] 1
  4. Julie Cooper [L2]
  5. Martin Robson [L2]
  6. Olive Merrill [L1]
  7. Clifford Fox
  8. Ryan Newell 9.1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentSteve Wright bt Julie Cooper (Dec 9) 6-3, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Well done Julie - we overcame all the elements, swirling wind, bright sunshine & an icy wind-chill. Thank you for a friendly, competitive match, a battle of chip & counter-chip! Many of my service games seemed to go into long deuce sequences due to your winning low cross-court backhand shots. Good luck in your future matches."  -- Steve
Reveal CommentRobert French bt Julie Cooper (Dec 7) 6-2, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A very close match, a bit of a gusty wind to take account of, but so good to be able to play after the morning rain. The drop in temperature made for running to keep warm. I wish Julie every success in her remaining matches, as her drop shot needs to be appreciated"  -- Robert
Reveal CommentSteve Wright bt Simon Wooldridge (Dec 6) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you Simon for a friendly but very competitive match. I apologize profusely for the sequence of three net cords that gave me the first set; very fortunate for me. The final two sets were very close too, many games running to repeated deuces, with close-quarter net rallies. Good luck in your future matches."  -- Steve
Reveal CommentSteve Wright bt Olive Merrill (Dec 2) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you Olive for a friendly but very competitive match with most games going to repeated deuces. It was a battle of top spin versus slice, great serving and long rallies. It was a thoroughly enjoyable game with blinding sunshine & sudden gusts of wind! It took over 90 minutes to play 2 full sets and I count myself very fortunate to edge this contest, but only just! Good luck in your future matches. Steve."  -- Steve
Reveal CommentRobert French bt Martin Robson (Dec 2) 6-2, 7-6 (7-0)

Player Comments:

  • "The very blustery wind made for some difficulty in playing, as one moment it was full on and the next had disappeared. The match that apart was very close and I wish Martin every success in his other matches."  -- Robert
Reveal CommentSteve Wright bt Martin Robson (Nov 25) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks to Martin for a friendly, competitive match played in steady, gentle rain under the floodlights. Many games went to deuce with both players serving well. Thankfully the rain didn't make the playing surface slippery. "  -- Steve

Current Rankings:

  1. Lynne Johnson [W1, L2, UF1] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Wendy Thomson [W2] 4
  3. Jack Scott [W1, L1] 3
  4. Mary Gillings [UF1] 1
  5. Howard Jones [L1]
  6. Inga Misane
  7. Liz Somerville
  8. Mike Dixon

Match Results:

Reveal CommentLynne Johnson bt Howard Jones (Dec 9) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good humoured match with Howard proving a little rusty ... but wont take much oiljng to get fully back to form "  -- Lynne
Reveal CommentWendy Thomson bt Jack Scott (Dec 9) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Close and fun game. Good to play before Christmas. Thanks jack"  -- Wendy
Reveal CommentWendy Thomson bt Lynne Johnson (Dec 8) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game - thought we might never move beyond deuce when the game was 3 3 in the first set. ... went for more than 20 times . Lots of good rallies and fun tennis. Unexpected outcome W"  -- Wendy
Lynne Johnson v Mary Gillings (Nov 30) 3-6, 7-6 (8-6) TBC
Reveal CommentJack Scott bt Lynne Johnson (Nov 24) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Chilly wind played a part in the match. Good match and I wish Lynne all the best with her remaining matches."  -- Jack

Results

Looking for previous matches? Visit the Norwich Parks archive.
The results listed here include the current and previous round of Singles matches for Norwich Parks.

Scoring Information:
You earn one point for every set you win. Players who complete three or more matches by the mid-point of the round receive 2 bonus points, and a bonus prize (typically a free can of HEAD tennis balls). Bonus prizes must be claimed within 28 days using the link posted to the player's Account page. The link is also emailed to players.

Please note, while matches tied at one set all may be completed with a match tiebreak, singles matches completed to this shortened format, do not count toward bonus points.

Understanding the current rankings display: 
Player name, [LTA rating - if known], W - tally of wins, L - tally of  losses, UF - tally of unfinished matches] 'n' - points won (if bonus points have been won a  note to this effect is added) 

Comments:
Reporters of results are encouraged to leave a comment on the "Report Your Score" form. Additional commentaries may be added by submitting a result revision (see the pencil icon next to your results)

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Collapse AllNorwich Parks Doubles - Round 14 | Thursday 18 October 2018 to Wednesday 9 January 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 28 November 2018)

Current Rankings:

  1. Stuart Craig & Steve Wright [W6] 14 includes 2 bonus points
  2. Maggie Finck & Mark Osborn [W5, L2] 13 includes 2 bonus points
  3. Leon Frere-Smith & Mark Dumpleton [W5] 12 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Vanessa Angier & Dawn Crafer [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Liz Somerville & Narelle Berry [W2, L3] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Hannah Greenacre & Jake Brockwell [L4] 3 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Mark Armes & Sheila Armes [L3] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Julie Rolle & Saranne Webb [L3] 2 includes 2 bonus points
  9. Mary Gillings & Andy Turner [L2] withdrawn 1

Match Results:

Reveal CommentStuart Craig & Steve Wright bt Vanessa Angier & Dawn Crafer (Dec 12) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you Vanessa & Dawn for a friendly, competitive yet quite light-hearted match. We enjoyed your company, the uh-ohs, service grunts and amazing angled drop-shots! It was a court of two halves quite literally, blinding sunshine at one end, perfect vision at the other! However, we all persevered and overcame the conditions. Thank you also for the jumbling of the pairs after the match for a further set - hope to play you again soon. Good luck in your remaining matches."  -- Steve
Reveal CommentStuart Craig & Steve Wright bt Maggie Finck & Mark Osborn (Dec 8) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you Maggie & Mark for a thoroughly enjoyable, very close competitive match (with nice humour too !) The windy weather mellowed as the match went on and we managed to finish before the rain arrived. Maggie starred at the net winning many close quarter rallies; Mark's serving to the left-hand court was superb too. Stuart took a nasty tumble mid-game but dusted himself off and probably finished the match as the strongest player, winning many long lob rallies. Two very evenly matched pairs - great game !"  -- Steve
Reveal CommentMaggie Finck & Mark Osborn bt Hannah Greenacre & Jake Brockwell (Dec 7) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "It was a very enjoyable match despite a freezing cold wind blowing across the court. We had lots of deuce games with the match getting closer as it went on. Thanks Hannah and Jake."  -- Maggie
Reveal CommentLeon Frere-Smith & Mark Dumpleton bt Vanessa Angier & Dawn Crafer (Dec 6) 6-2, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "As always, a high quality, entertaining match on a warm evening (for December, anyway!) against Dawn & Vanessa. Despite very close games which had it all - baseline rallies, lobs, overheads and drop shots - Leon and Mark had a rare evening where they made few errors and as such ran out the victors. A great game and thanks to Dawn and Vanessa for their honesty with some 50/50 baseline calls when we had no idea if our shots were in or out! Look forward to our next game with you both!"  -- Mark
Reveal CommentLeon Frere-Smith & Mark Dumpleton bt Julie Rolle & Saranne Webb (Nov 27) 6-0, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A match played in really difficult, rainy conditions. Well done to everyone for braving the elements to play! Leon and Mark raced ahead to a 6-0 lead but found the 2nd set difficult due to some excellent play by Julie and Saranne which resulted in a tight contest, Leon and Mark winning 7-5 in the end."  -- Leon
Reveal CommentMaggie Finck & Mark Osborn bt Mark Armes & Sheila Armes (Nov 24) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable match, Sheila and Mark fought back in the second set and we had some nice rallies. Slight mishap early on required first aid but the match was completed without further bloodshed and we played a third set just for fun."  -- Maggie
Reveal CommentVanessa Angier & Dawn Crafer bt Julie Rolle & Saranne Webb (Nov 22) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Lovely to see Julie and Saranne again. We had the usual friendly and fun encounter despite the chill. We had some great rallies. Thanks very much for the game and look forward to seeing you again soon, hopefully with fewer layers next time! "  -- Vanessa
Reveal CommentLeon Frere-Smith & Mark Dumpleton bt Mark Armes & Sheila Armes (Nov 18) 6-4, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A match of high quality considering the bright and blustery conditions. Thank you for the match Mark and Sheila."  -- Leon
Reveal CommentVanessa Angier & Dawn Crafer bt Liz Somerville & Narelle Berry (Nov 14) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A really exciting encounter on a damp but mild evening in Eaton Park. Liz and Narelle raced into a 3-0 lead but Dawn and Vanessa managed to stop the rot, winning the first set 6-4. Narelle and Liz recovered their composure in the second set - Narelle was very steady from the back, while Liz's cunning sliced backhand was difficult to pick up as the balls got heavier, though they were vulnerable to the odd drop shot... Liz and Narelle were 5-4 up in the second set but some resolute play from the backhand corner by Dawn helped us win the next three games to take the set 7-5. Great to meet up again and play such an enjoyable game. "  -- Vanessa
Reveal CommentLeon Frere-Smith & Mark Dumpleton bt Hannah Greenacre & Jake Brockwell (Nov 13) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "A really enjoyable game on a blustery evening at Eaton Park. Leon and Mark raced ahead in the first set thanks to some strong net play, but true to their word Hannah & Jake came back stronger in the second set with excellent ground strokes by Jake and some absolutely incredible backhands from Hannah! Leon and Mark just picked up the break at the end of the set to see out the match. Really good fun and looking forward to playing you both again!"  -- Mark
Reveal CommentMaggie Finck & Mark Osborn bt Mary Gillings & Andy Turner (Nov 11) 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5)

Player Comments:

  • "A very close fought enjoyable match with the tie break completed just in time for dusk."  -- Maggie
Reveal CommentStuart Craig & Steve Wright bt Mary Gillings & Andy Turner (Nov 10) 6-2, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you to Mary & Andy for a very competitive match with many games going to deuce and Andy dominating at the net. Thank you also to Mary for wanting to complete the match - Stuart & I realise you were in some discomfort after a 7 mile run earlier in the day."  -- Steve
Reveal CommentLiz Somerville & Narelle Berry bt Mark Armes & Sheila Armes (Nov 10) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable match played in glorious warm sunshine. Lots of back court lobs to keep us running!"  -- Liz
Reveal CommentMaggie Finck & Mark Osborn bt Vanessa Angier & Dawn Crafer (Nov 9) 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "We had a lovely, close and entertaining match with Dawn and Vanessa whom we haven't played for a while. A fairly strong wind added an element of surprise!"  -- Maggie
Reveal CommentLiz Somerville & Narelle Berry bt Hannah Greenacre & Jake Brockwell (Nov 8) 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Great game. Lots of long points. Best of luck for the rest of the season!"  -- Narelle
Reveal CommentStuart Craig & Steve Wright bt Julie Rolle & Saranne Webb (Nov 7) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you to Julie & Saranne for a friendly, competitive match played under the floodlights."  -- Steve
Reveal CommentLeon Frere-Smith & Mark Dumpleton bt Maggie Finck & Mark Osborn (Nov 5) 7-5, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "An enjoyable match that as the score suggests was very close. Mark and Maggie went ahead with a break early on and had 3 set points at 5-4 but Leon and Mark hung on and turned the set around to win 7-5. The 2nd set saw Mark and Maggie once again start strongly to go 4-1 up. Leon and Mark defended well and found some good form to win the next 5 games to take the 2nd set 6-4. A good quality match that wasn't spoilt by the constant fireworks behind the court!"  -- Leon
Reveal CommentStuart Craig & Steve Wright bt Liz Somerville & Narelle Berry (Nov 4) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Thank you to Liz & Narelle for a friendly, competitive match on a calm, cool Sunday afternoon."  -- Steve
Reveal CommentMaggie Finck & Mark Osborn bt Liz Somerville & Narelle Berry (Nov 3) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "It was nice to play Liz at doubles for a change and to meet Narelle. We all had a bit of trouble with both wind and winter sun but enjoyed the match. Good to have got started."  -- Maggie
Reveal CommentStuart Craig & Steve Wright bt Hannah Greenacre & Jake Brockwell (Oct 23) 6-0, 3-6, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Very windy match!! Thank you both for a great game... even despite the weather! "  -- Hannah
  • "Thank you for a friendly, competitive match in very blustery conditions." Steve

Results

Looking for previous matches? Visit the Norwich Parks archive.
The results listed here include the current and previous round of Doubles matches for Norwich Parks.

Scoring Information:
You earn one point for every set you win. Players who complete three or more matches by the mid-point of the round receive 2 bonus points, and a bonus prize (typically a free can of HEAD tennis balls). In doubles, matches tied at one set all may be completed with a matchtiebreak and still count toward bonus points. Bonus prizes must be claimed within 28 days using the link posted to the player's Account page. The link is also emailed to players.

Understanding the current rankings display: 
Players' names, W - tally of wins, L - tally of  losses, UF - tally of unfinished matches] 'n' - points won (if bonus points have been won a  note to this effect is added) 

Comments:
Reporters of results are encouraged to leave a comment on the "Report Your Score" form. Additional commentaries may be added by submitting a result revision (see the pencil icon next to your results)