Join me and other members of the Park Tennis Club and be served with a magnificent experience!
Tucked away, surrounded by hedges at the end of a cul-de-sac, is a deceptively small tennis club with far and wide national and international acclaim. Park Tennis offers a very welcome retreat into a space that is both relaxing and teeming with exciting possibilities, right at our doorstep.
Then and Now
Park tennis is not a new kid on the block.
The club boasts a long, continuous history. It was founded in the 1920s by Church members when tennis was promoted as a means of getting people outdoors for exercise.
A bit of local History
As Park Tennis has been running for over a century, a stash of lovingly kept memorabilia of receipts for work carried out on the grounds, club correspondence, not forgetting the many regional successes, the club provides a unique biopic to the history of Halifax!
Games were historically played on grass and tarmac courts. Presently the club boasts two well-maintained clay courts with open space for spectator viewing, a bonfire patch and a vegetable garden run by members for its members. The spacious grounds are lovingly tended by volunteers and include a club room for members to enjoy a cuppa and catch up after their session.
Park Tennis Club is equipped for a wide range of events including coaching, league matches and organised social sessions. The club caters for all ages, groups and abilities and is open to anyone willing to try and discover how tennis can lift your mood as well as your heart rate. Members have the opportunity to play tennis as recreation, competitively, or socially, at their own pace.
Day to day
Due to the nature of the clay surface, the club usually closes during the winter, once the weather becomes too damp and frost appears. However, so that they can still enjoy the game and companionship the club has provided for them, members continue to play by booking indoor sessions at other local tennis clubs.
The club and its grounds rely on volunteers for tending, resurfacing the courts, managing the vegetable patch and other small tasks. Parts of the hedges around the space are trimmed by the neighbouring property owners, which in itself is a testament to the club for having good neighbourhood relationships.
The club sign at the front is courtesy of the Phoenix Shed, made with reclaimed material, some of which was found in the grounds.
A taster session
A visit to the club wouldn’t have been complete without picking up a racket. My host, a member of the club ushered me onto the court and made me feel at ease from the very first exchange. It takes coordination, literally thinking on your feet and a lot of stamina. It is also very easy to get into and is a greatly entertaining form of exercise that can give a good heart rate, great aerobic and overall workout, while spending time outdoors.
By the end, I succeeded in 22 exchanges and not a ball lost. I’m personally chuffed with the result!
Trophies and Testimonials
Apart from exercise, recreation and socialising, Park Tennis has helped many young people with their pathway to education. Two members gained tennis scholarships with universities in the United States and came back with degrees and great memories. Several of their youngsters have also gained Level 1 Tennis Assistant awards and several more have completed their Leadership Experience for the Duke Of Edinburgh and Sports Leaders Awards.
Summer Camps for 2021 proved popular with 115 children aged 6-11 years attending the courses run over 2 sessions. 10 children aged 4-7 booked on to the one-day summer camp course.
2019 League Tennis
Park Tennis Club had a highly successful season. Their A and B Mixed teams were unbeaten, winning both divisions of the Mixed league. The Ladies Doubles team were Champions of Division 1, and in the Men’s League, the A team took the Division 2 title.
The Men’s s team decided to enter the Bradford League competition for the first time and came away with the Division 4 title.
No matches due to lockdown.
The Mixed A team secured third place in Division 1, Park A Ladies also secured third place in Division 1 and Ladies B came third in Division 2. Men’s A team came third in Division 2 and B team were Champions in Division 4.
After promotion to Division 3 in 2020, the Men’s Doubles team took fourth place in Division 3.
So why not step onto the courts of Park Tennis Club and experience the many benefits and fun for yourself? This unique sport perfectly combines the right amount of exercise with being outdoors, blending social interaction, be Covid safe and amazingly fun!
Join and you can be part of a club with such rich history of many local and national achievements!
When the first frost appears, the club closes for winter as the courts are not playable. The club opens again in the Spring, March or April, when community and friends and families of members are once more invited to come and try the tennis courts for free.
To apply for membership, please check the website each season for details.
Group coaching is provided by two LTA accredited Coaches, Margaret Bottomley and Kevin Hart. Details of sessions available will be published on the website next season.
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Images courtesy of Park Tennis and Chris Freeman, used with permission.