Friendly, competitive tennis on Potteries Parks' public courts

You are just a step away from joining our mixed-sex, singles league 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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Longton Park - perfect for a hit

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This is how it works:

  • Players are organised into groups of between 5 to 9 people of a similar standard
  • It is a mixed sex, singles league, 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!)
  • 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 posted to 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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If you notice any of our venue information is out of date, missing court costs or opening hours please let us know.


Primary Venues

Draycott Sports Centre

Cresswell Lane, Draycott, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST11 9AF
Tel: 01782 394598
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Wedgwood Avenue, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 2JD
Tel: 07788 946247
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Hanley Park

Cleveland Road,, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 3DP
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Wolstanton Park

Moreton Parade, Wolstanton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 0ED
full venue details »

Other Venues

Bucknall Park

Finney Green, Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST2 8AB
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Queen's Park

Queen's Park Avenue, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 4AU
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Tunstall Park

Victoria Park Road, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 6EE
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Burslem Park

Moorland Road, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 1EA
full venue details »

Fenton Manor Sports Complex

City Road, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2RR
Tel: 01782 233222
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Fenton Park

Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 3JG
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Club Venues

Stone Lawn Tennis and Squash Club

Newcastle Road, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 8LD
Tel: 01785 815429
full venue details »

"​It was great to play again.  First outing playing singles. Played about 10years ago in club league but that was doubles so nice to wind back the clock and hit a ball again,"

Robert Rhodes

"Just to say thanks for all your organisation of the tennis leagues. I have played in all of them since round 1. I had been unable to commit to a tennis club since I became Self employed, but these league matches have been just fantastic, and I have met so many great opponents of differing abilities, but played in such a friendly manner. Alas I am moving on and so will not be playing in the forthcoming Potteries league round, so I wish you all the very best. I may be able to rejoin one of the other leagues later in the year, but for now, keep up the good work and please pass on my thanks to all who make it possible," 

David Creasey

"I really enjoyed playing tennis again, my first time playing competitive singles against others. I'm rather surprised to have won all my games especially as many of my opponents appeared to be technically superior to me in some areas of the game. Looking forward to playing again, hopefully I will be able to fit all my matches in :)", 

Robert Rhodes

"Thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Met some lovely people and the camaraderie was just what I was looking for. Thanks ever so much for the organising efforts - keep up the good work. Bring on the next round.", 

Guy Forrest-Hay

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Collapse AllPotteries Parks Singles - Round 14 | Thursday 5 September 2019 to Wednesday 30 October 2019 (Midpoint: Wednesday 2 October 2019)

One big group this time, but what a group! 33 of a possible 36 matches were played which is incredible, the tennis was first class and the commentaries generous. Everything you could want in a tennis league! Many thanks to one and all and well played!

Group Summary:

Well done Daniel K who moves from runner up last time to group champ this time with 8 strong wins! Congratulations and many thanks for the lovely commentaries. This, from Guy playing Mike, was typical: "Always a pleasure!! Great end to working week and thoroughly enjoyable sportsmanship and chit chat as ever. Thanks Mike". Then there was Daniel S's first serve against Guy - "worth the entry fee alone" and Martin and Mike playing some fantastic winning shots in cracking weather. Tennis heaven!

Final Rankings:

  1. Daniel Kelter [W8] 18 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Martin Walker [W6, L2] 15 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Ian Whittaker [W5, L3] 13 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Guy Forrest-Hay 10.1 [W5, L1] 10
  5. Ben Jackson [W3, L3] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  6. Daniel Sayers 10.1 [W3, L5] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Mike Pendergast 10.2 [W2, L6] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  8. James Pattinson [W1, L5] 4 includes 2 bonus points
  9. Angela Staplehurst [L8] 4 includes 2 bonus points

Match Results:

Reveal CommentBen Jackson bt Daniel Sayers (Oct 21) 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Long first set with most games going to deuce, some great rallies. Second set i improved. Even if it was going a bit dark! Well played Dan, until next time."  -- Ben
Reveal CommentMike Pendergast bt James Pattinson (Oct 19) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Good game..bit slippy !"  -- Mike
Reveal CommentMartin Walker bt Ben Jackson (Oct 18) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Enjoyable match. Good shots from both players throughout. Solid serving. Looking forward to the next meeting "  -- Martin
Reveal CommentGuy Forrest-Hay bt Angela Staplehurst (Oct 17) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "What a treat - lunchtime hit in the Autumn sun in a peaceful park! Pleasure to knock a ball with Angela - very solid and promising game/technique after only 2-years of playing again. A number of potential break points and plenty of duces but the serve was always in the locker (thankfully). Look forward to meeting up again hopefully in the Spring."  -- Guy
Reveal CommentGuy Forrest-Hay bt Daniel Sayers (Oct 13) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Dragged Daniel out of his Sunday at short notice to help me catch up with my games - thanks muchly Daniel. Perfect ace by D to start the match which was worth the entry fee alone! So good rallies as ever but managed to keep him at bay this time given his strong comeback last time we played. Always a pleasure and look forward to the next thrilling encounter. "  -- Guy
Daniel Kelter bt James Pattinson (Oct 12) 6-2, 6-0
Reveal CommentGuy Forrest-Hay bt Ian Whittaker (Oct 12) 6-1, 6-7 (6-8), 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "What a game. Stonker of a second set where I served for the match and couldn't close it out. Also up in the tiebreak but once again Ian dug in, worked very hard and took it. Rain clouds amassed and I managed to storm the third. Thanks Ian, very much look forward to the next time!"  -- Guy
James Pattinson bt Angela Staplehurst (Oct 12) 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-2
Reveal CommentGuy Forrest-Hay bt Mike Pendergast (Oct 11) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Always a pleasure!! Great end to working week and thoroughly enjoyable sportsmanship and chit chat as ever. Thanks Mike"  -- Guy
Reveal CommentDaniel Kelter bt Ben Jackson (Oct 9) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Set 1 - good hold of serve by both to start, but Kelter took control of the match and cruised to victory. Some very good Points throughout the set. Set 2 - Kelter continued at the same pace and controlled the points and cruised to victory. Enjoyable game and some get rally's . "  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentMartin Walker bt Daniel Sayers (Oct 5) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Scrappy opening set with both players struggling on serve. No real flow to the game not helped by slippery conditions. Both players made good winning shots but just lacked consistency. Plenty of deuce games in the first set. Martin settled better in the second set and upped the tempo on serve and executed the top spin forehand consistently. Looking forward to the next meeting hopefully in dry conditions "  -- Martin
Reveal CommentMike Pendergast bt Angela Staplehurst (Oct 2) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "Great game. 2.5 hours. Lots of deuces !!!!! Well played Angela"  -- Mike
Reveal CommentBen Jackson bt Mike Pendergast (Oct 2) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Sunny afternoon, had some great long rallies all game. Could not get my first serve going for the life of me but rallied through. Until next time, Mike."  -- Ben
Reveal CommentDaniel Kelter bt Ian Whittaker (Oct 2) 6-3, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "The first set was hard fought swinging both ways but once Dan’s first serve started to work and with consistency it was all over. A very enjoyable game, thanks Dan."  -- Ian
Reveal CommentBen Jackson bt Angela Staplehurst (Sep 30) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "A pleasant morning for a change! And a pleasure to play Angela, got me running around the court all match! Some long games. All the best in your remaining matches."  -- Ben
Reveal CommentMartin Walker bt Ian Whittaker (Sep 28) 6-0, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "We did well to beat the weather and get this fixture in! Enjoyable game with good shots from both players in difficult conditions. Martins strong consistent forehand proved the difference on the day. Look forward to the next meeting hopefully in dry conditions. "  -- Martin
Reveal CommentIan Whittaker bt Mike Pendergast (Sep 23) 6-0, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Good match in very slippery conditions."  -- Ian
Ian Whittaker bt James Pattinson (Sep 21) 6-0, 6-1
Reveal CommentDaniel Sayers bt James Pattinson (Sep 21) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)

Player Comments:

  • "Good match with lots of deuce games. James played himself in to the match well and went 3-0 and 4-1 up in the second set before I eventually won it 7-4 in the tiebreak."  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentDaniel Sayers bt Mike Pendergast (Sep 20) 6-1, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great weather and fun match. Lots of long rallies. "  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentIan Whittaker bt Angela Staplehurst (Sep 20) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Nice game on a lovely day"  -- Ian
Reveal CommentDaniel Kelter bt Daniel Sayers (Sep 19) 6-1, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Set 1 - strong start from both holding serves, until Kelter took control and punished any loose ball. Some good rally’s throughout and games were closer than score states. Set 2 - continued pressure from Kelter on sayers serve and holding well. Kelter took control and was the better player on the night. Lovely conditions and played in high spirit. "  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentDaniel Kelter bt Angela Staplehurst (Sep 18) 6-0, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Set 1 - very strong serving, from Kelter was the key making the points as short as possible. Some good rally’s and shots from both but Kelter came out on top. Set 2 - pretty much same as first set, 1 way traffic with good rally’s from both. Enjoyable game, some good shots and rally’s throughout "  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentMartin Walker bt Mike Pendergast (Sep 18) 6-2, 6-0

Player Comments:

  • "Cracking weather for tennis. Both players hit some fantastic winning shots. Martin played a solid match with very few unforced errors. Mike started slowly but grew into the match as it went on and also hit shot of the match in the 2nd set with a blistering forehand down the line that caught the outside edge of the line. Looking forward to the next meeting. Martin "  -- Martin
Reveal CommentDaniel Kelter bt Martin Walker (Sep 16) 0-6, 7-5, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Set 1 - Martin with a very quick start, punishing second serves with a strong winning shorts. Eased His way to 6-0 victory. Set 2 - Nip and tuck all the way through. Stayed on serve throughout and both players held excellent with long testing Rally’s for both. One game going to deuce at least 14 times which Martin won holding serving. Tired legs at end of set but Kelter took his chance and ended up breaking in last game of set winning it 7-5. Set 3 - With momentum now with Kelter, he cruised to a 5-1 advantage, still good rally’s from both but Kelter on top. A break of serve and hold give Martin life on 5-3 but Kelter saw his serve out. Excellent match, well contested, with long well fought rally’s throughout "  -- Daniel
Martin Walker bt James Pattinson (Sep 15) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentIan Whittaker bt Daniel Sayers (Sep 15) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "A very tactical game, very close."  -- Ian
Reveal CommentDaniel Sayers bt Angela Staplehurst (Sep 14) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Very enjoyable match in glorious sunshine. Lots of deuce games where my serve was punished with great returns. Hope to play again. Good luck, Angela."  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentIan Whittaker bt Ben Jackson (Sep 13) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Some great rallies, it could have gone either way."  -- Ian
Martin Walker bt Angela Staplehurst (Sep 13) 6-0, 6-0
Reveal CommentDaniel Kelter bt Mike Pendergast (Sep 12) 6-0, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Set 1 - very one sided set, score not reflexed on match as lot of deuce games, but Kelter showed more quality on the key points and ended up winning the set comfortably. Set 2 - a lot closer affair, strong serving from both holding serves. Good rally’s and good winning shots from both players. Kelter did end up breaking the Serve and went onto victory. Very enjoyable game and some great rally’s. "  -- Daniel
Reveal CommentGuy Forrest-Hay bt Martin Walker (Sep 8) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Welcome to the league Martin - great addition and you will do just fine. Lovely way to end the weekend with good solid tussle throughout - match swinging all ways with good battling spirit and chances on both sides. When that forehand gets grooved back in, we are all in trouble. Nice one Martin and look forward to next thrilling instalment. "  -- Guy

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentDaniel Kelter bt Guy Forrest-Hay (Sep 6) 7-5, 7-6 (8-6)

Player Comments:

  • "Excellent opening game played. Both players put everything in. Set 1 - very close encounter. Excellent Rally’s and winning shots though out. Guy went 5-3 up, but Kelter ended up coming back strong into the set and won 4 hard fought games on the bounce which could of gone either way. Set 2 - again long rally’s, excellent play from both, guy again 5-3 up but Kelter came back to level at 5-5. 2 hold of serves brought a tie break. Which Kelter ended up edging but again could of gone either way. Excellent constant which could of been won by either player. "  -- Daniel


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

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)