There were 29,000 matches played in Local Tennis Leagues last year and while this tells us part of the story, we wanted to delve deeper into the stats to recognise our top performing leagues in 2018. Did your league make it into the top 5?
Leagues with highest percentage of matches completed
The Crawley league may have only been running for a couple of years but it has already built an impressive reputation for getting matches played. With an incredible 91% of all possible matches completed in 2018, despite the extreme weather conditions, this very committed league finishes in the number one spot. A big well done also to Poole, Bedford, Spelthorne and Havant which also had terrific turnouts throughout the year, earning them places in the top five.
Leagues with highest number of matches played
Our biggest and oldest league continues to thrive and with lots of activity on the courts in Highbury Fields, it is perhaps no surprise that it comfortably claims first place for the total number of matches played. The London leagues dominate in this category with Wimbledon Park, Battersea Park, Bromley 'Tennis for Free' and Lee Valley all passing the 700 match mark to join Highbury Fields at the top of the charts.
- Highbury Fields 1319
- Wimbledon Park 896
- Battersea Park 841
- Bromley Tennis For Free 748
- Lee Valley 707
Leagues with best scheduling skills
Dundee and Adur & Worthing couldn't be much further apart geographically, but when it comes to scheduling skills for getting 3 matches completed by the half way mark, they are neck and neck at the top of the charts. By as little as 0.1% Dundee sneaks the year end honours but a big pat on the back to Adur & Worthing, Northampton Parks, Wirral Parks and Leamington & Warwick for keeping us busy wrapping up and sending out free tubes of balls too.
League of the year
But we couldn't leave it there... which is the ultimate "League of the Year". For this, we excluded sheer numbers (tough luck long-player Highbury) and number crunched the other stats. Now for a league to be an all round success there not only needs to be a high match completion rate but also excellent scheduling skills on show. Play the music, roll the drums . . . here are our overall top five leagues of the year:
Many thanks to you all for your efforts last year and we look forward to seeing who makes it to number one in 2019!