History of Lytham Tennis Club
It is not certain when tennis was first played at the Club, but it was certainly being played in the 1920’s and possibly much earlier. Initially, tennis was played by cricket members, their wives and guests but at some stage, possibly in the 1950’s, the tennis section took on life of its own.
In the early 1970’s Lytham Tennis Club became a constituent part of Lytham Cricket & Sports Club and at that time two all-weather courts were built. During the 1990’s these two courts were renovated on a number of occasions and in 2008 they were converted, together with two grass courts into floodlit, artificial grass courts.
The Club has entered both Senior and Junior teams in the Fylde League since the early 1970’s and has also entered various County and Regional Cup competitions. There have been many divisional league successes over the years including the Ladies winning the Lancashire Ralph Bint trophy and a mixed team reaching the North West finals of the Silk Cup.
The Club is run by a Committee of elected and co-opted members and in January 2008 the Club achieved Clubmark status. A separate committee organises a wide range of quality social events and these are very well supported. The club is financially sound and operates a strict system of budgetary control. Monies are transferred annually to a sinking fund in order to ensure that facilities can be refurbished and renewed, as required.
The Club has a variety of membership categories and periodically it becomes necessary to close one or more categories owing to high demand. Subscriptions rates are reviewed annually and a joining fee is levied on new members.
The Club has a range of competitive and social tennis programmes and is lucky to have full time resident Coach, Greg Porter. We have a large number of Senior and Junior teams that participate in the Fylde summer league. As well as Open and Handicapped Tournaments the Club also holds a number of Social American Tournaments during the summer season. An internal winter competition is very popular and over 70 people regularly compete in this round robin mixed doubles competition. A new initiative started in 2011, is the ‘Generation Game’, where promising Juniors are paired with Senior members who then compete in Doubles Leagues.